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The Pickwicks' Picnic

A Counting Adventure

Carol Brendler, Renée Kurilla (Illustrator)


List Price: 16.99*
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Community cooperation turns a traffic jam into an opportunity for fun in this inventive counting book starring a pair of clever canine siblings.

In this highly original counting tale, the Pickwicks—Pip and Peach, Mom and Daddy—leave the hot hazy city for a picnic by the shore. Along the way, they are passed by 2 scooters, 3 jeeps, and more—until they hit a sudden roadblock of 10 cruisers. Traffic stops and drivers grow grumpy, but Pip and Peach know exactly how to turn an unexpected glitch into a festive occasion for everyone! Engaging rhythm and detail-filled art reward repeated readings of Carol Brendler and Renée Kurilla’s countable account of a very special picnic.

Praise For The Pickwicks' Picnic: A Counting Adventure

"The illustrations are full of fun details and have a cartoonish style that works well for this story. The story’s strength lies in its portrayal of a positive attitude in the face of adversity, and in the resourcefulness exhibited by the main characters. An appealing and interactive read-aloud with a good message that is a solid choice for most picture book collections." –School Library Journal   "Dog lovers and vehicle-obsessed readers will all get a kick out of this counting book, . . . Through playful repetition and some very expressive vocabulary, Brendler turns traffic-clogged roads and construction delays into an adventure, and Kurilla’s airy cartoons magnify the sense of fun." —Publishers Weekly   ". . . darling cartoon illustrations, counting concepts, and all kinds of things that go, this book is sure to have broad appeal for read-alouds. A family romp that demonstrates what a positive attitude and a bit of resourcefulness can accomplish in less-than-ideal circumstances" —Kirkus

Clarion Books, 9780544839588, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 5, 2017

About the Author

Carol Brendler is the author of picture books and novels for middle grade readers. She lives near Chicago, IL. Visit her online at and on Twitter @expectorchids.

Renée Kurilla has illustrated many books for children, including Orangutanka: A Story in Poems, by Margarita Engle, and the Zebrafish graphic novel series. She lives just south of Boston. Visit her online at and on Twitter and Instagram @reneekurilla.