The dynamic team behind Llama Destroys the World returns with a laugh-out-loud tale about the dangers…of feeding pigeons!
When you see a coo, you will be tempted to give it a treat.
Coos are adorable, peaceful, kind of silly.
But DON'T FEED THE COO!
If you feed one, they will ALL come...
So begins Don't Feed the Coos, a cautionary tale that details the fallout when a little girl decides to share some bread with a coo (aka pigeon). From the park to home to the arcade to karate practice, the coos follow the generous-but-foolish girl who didn’t heed the warning. Because when you give a coo a crumb…the entire population of coos will come! But fret not: our spunky little heroine will discover that even the biggest of problems can be solved with a little determination.
In the grand tradition of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Don't Feed the Coos reminds us that the most disastrous of reactions can come from the most innocent of actions. Jonathan Stutzman and Heather Fox deliver another ridiculous and hilarious story, sure to delight fans of The Bad Seed and I Want My Hat Back.
Married collaborators Stutzman and Fox (Llama Destroys the World) present the darkly comic and maybe even existential hazards presented by a whole flock of pigeons ("coos") in this send-up of cause-and-effect titles such as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. "If you feed one" a child stands with a bag of bread, beguiled by a small gray coo "they will ALL come." Quickly surrounded, the child is tailed by coos ("through the park,/ down the street.../ Even at karate lessons") who never stop eating and poo with impunity ("coo poos covering everything"). "No matter what scheme you cook up," the narrator cautions as a variety of "Go Away" signs are installed, "your plans. Will. FAIL." Should the child capitulate ("Just accept your fate..../ Give them names./ Knit them scarves"), or could it be that someone who truly loves the coos is missing them terribly? Fox's graphic illustrations echo the text's giddy rhythms, with the pigeons styled, Willems-like, as pert, wide-eyed, always-in-profile graphic motifs that skip, flit, and, yes, poo prodigiously across the pages. Ages 4 8.