Penny & Pip

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. Jun. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781665913317.
PreS-Gr 3–While on a school visit to the Natural History Museum, Penny (age five) befriends a baby brontosaurus she names Pip. While wandering the vast museum hallways together, Penny and Pip find that magic unfolds around every corner: bison, grizzly bears, giant squid, and whales. While stopping to eat lunch, she shares a few cheese crackers and delights in Pip’s hearty response after he emits a loud, pleasurable URRRP! And with that, the two become best friends concocting a plan that eventually hatches in the museum gift shop. Fleming showcases Penny’s precocious thinking while Rohmann’s digitally colored art is deftly outlined in velvety smooth black pencil strokes, giving a delicate texture to this endearing story.
VERDICT An imaginative story that is sure to have young readers longing for their own extraordinary dinosaur adventure, while arranging their next trip to a museum. A must-have for every library’s picture book collection.

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