Olive & Pekoe (Hardcover)
In Four Short Walks
Greenwillow Books, 9780062573100, 40pp.
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
A funny and engaging story about two dogs—one old and tiny and wise; one young and huge and boisterous—told in four short chapters by Jacky Davis, the bestselling author of the Ladybug Girl series.
A perfect choice for emerging readers, fans of Dav Pilkey’s Big Dog and Little Dog, and dog people everywhere!
Olive and Pekoe are best friends. Olive is an older dog who likes to take her time; Pekoe is a bouncy puppy with a nose for exploration. Together they make the perfect team. Pekoe fetches sticks for Olive, and Olive protects Pekoe from bigger, meaner dogs. They go on walks, encounter a chipmunk, and get caught in a rainstorm, among other adventures. Their escapades may be small but are nevertheless filled with excitement and love.
In four short and easy-to-read chapters (or walks), New York Times–bestselling author Jacky Davis explores the nature of friendship in all its humor and drama. Giselle Potter’s lively and engaging watercolors are the perfect match to the story.
Ideal for emerging readers, fans of Kelly DiPucchio’s Gaston, and anyone who loves dogs of all shapes and sizes!
About the Author
Jacky Davis is the creator, along with her husband, David Soman, of the bestselling and acclaimed Ladybug Girl series. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. You can visit her online at www.blackpolka.com.
Praise For Olive & Pekoe: In Four Short Walks…
— New York Times Book Review
“Potter’s impressive expressively naïve-style watercolor, ink, and colored-pencil illustrations perfectly nuance author Davis’s witty text. . . .this clever design visually and textually summarizes the story’s theme of friendship’s togetherness. A delight.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Davis’s understated, just-the-facts text. . .is the perfect foil for Potter’s expressive art. The illustrations capture the ups-and-downs of canine life and friendship with understanding and humor—especially when it comes to Pekoe’s innocent naiveté. The book will touch the hearts and tickle the funny bones of dog-story readers and friendship-story readers alike.”
— Horn Book (starred review)
“Davis and Potter celebrate a canine pair’s differences . . . Pekoe’s youthful enthusiasm and Olive’s hard-won wisdom are equally beguiling. Despite their differences, they are loyal friends, focused on what’s most important”
— Publishers Weekly
“This picture book highlights the joy that can be shared among friends when they respect and celebrate each other’s differences. With simple illustrations and accessible text, this title will delight young readers and help them to appreciate their friendships in new and exciting ways.”
— School Library Journal