Woodpecker Wham! (Hardcover)

By April Pulley Sayre, Steve Jenkins (Illustrator)

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9780805088427, 40pp.

Publication Date: May 12, 2015

List Price: 17.99*
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Swoop and land.
Hitch and hop.
Shred a tree stump.
Chop, chip, chop!

Enter woodpecker world and get a bird's eye view of everyday life: hiding from hawks, feeding hungry chicks, and drilling holes to build homes. Woodpeckers are nature's home builders, creating holes that many other animals live in when the woopeckers move on.

A variety of woodpecker species fly through these pages—perhaps some that live near you!

About the Author

April Pulley Sayre loves to write about the natural world. She is the award-winning author of more than fifty books for young readers, including Army Ant Parade and Honk, Honk, Goose! Each year she visits schools nationwide to share her love of nonfiction writing and science.

STEVE JENKINS has written and illustrated many picture books, including Actual Size and the Caldecott Honor Book What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Praise For Woodpecker Wham!

“With bouncy verse and colorful illustrations, an experienced picture-book team introduces a familiar bird . . . Attractive and surprising informative, this should join the duo's Eat Like a Bear on every preschool and primary nature shelf.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Lovely and exciting, this title is a great hook for young researchers, as well as fledgling ornithologists.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“This strikes the right note for budding bird-watchers.” —Booklist

“Sayre introduces the distinctively noisy woodpecker and the rhythmic cadences that fill [a woodpecker's] industrious life through a rhyming, sound word-filled text. . . . Jenkins's cut- and torn-paper collage illustrations provide action-filled perspectives on the birds swooping, pecking, fanning, and preening, with the intricacies of each species' feathers and markings carefully featured.” —The Horn Book

“Kids who think that eating like a bear means roaring around and nomming everything in sight are in for a surprise.” —BCCB, starred review on Eat Like a Bear

“Equal parts poetic and enlightening.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review on Eat Like a Bear

“Inquisitive, informed and lyrical.” —Kirkus, starred review on Eat Like a Bear

“Rarely has a book about these scavengers gotten such a gorgeous treatment.” —Booklist, starred review on Vulture View