by Elizabeth Rose Stanton
In June 2014, while in Las Vegas for the American Library Association's Annual Conference, Elizabeth Rose Stanton and I played text tag. We attempted to meet each other at various times during the conference and it wasn't until the very last day that we were finally able to connect. She and Toni Yuly were waiting outside the exhibit floor doors and started waving to me before I even made it across the room. You can see our picture together from this previous post.
A few weeks ago when I received a review copy of her latest book, Peddles, from Simon and Schuster, I was thrilled to see the final product of which I had seen snippets on Facebook. I truly did not think Peddles could get any cuter, but I was wrong.
Peddles is an adventurous little pig who does not want to be a conformist. He has his own ideas and dreams to pursue and does not let anything or anyone get in his way. When Peddles hears "whooping and hollering" out in the barn, he begins to ponder the possibility of dancing. Behind the barn Peddles discovers the perfect accessory for his big idea, however it does not work out exactly the way he had envisioned. He soon learns the other pigs who had believed his ideas to be "spacey" were actually willing to provide a helping hand and join in the fun in the end.
I know readers, young and old, will enjoy not only reading this wonder story, but also delight in the beautiful pencil and watercolor illustrations. There might be a few people who will be upset with two of the small images of Peddles as he defecates (or three if you get technical - two times like a pig and once on a toilet), but like Taro Gomi wrote, Everybody Poops!
I highly recommend Peddles by Elizabeth Rose Stanton for all libraries with a picture book collection and as a gift for anyone you know with small children. I believe it will quickly become a favorite story to read over and over again, especially if you love pigs.
**To comply with guidelines set forth by the Federal Trade Commission, Simon & Schuster has provided a complimentary copy of Peddles for review purposes. My review is in no way influenced by the author or publishing company and is solely my opinion.