Phil Pickle by Kenny Herzog, illustrated by Kelly Canby
Age Range: 4 – 7 years | Grade Level: Preschool – 3 | Hardcover: 40 pages | Publisher: Peter Pauper Press (March 1, 2016)
About Phil Pickle:
Phil Pickle lived in a pickle jar and was meant to share the same fate as all the other pickles he lived with — next to a burger and fries on a plate. But Phil Pickle is like no other pickle you’ve ever seen: He’s got big dreams and big-time aspirations of becoming an actor! Will Phil become the next big dill?
Find the Book:
About the Author:
Kenny Herzog grew up in Demarest, New Jersey. When he isn’t writing about adventurous pickles, he’s directing television commercials and short films. He lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, with his wife and three children. This is Kenny’s debut children’s picture book.
About the Illustrator:
Kelly Canby was born in London, England, but has lived in Australia since the grand old age of three, which is probably about the same age she started playing with pencils and crayons. And it was probably only a few years after that when she decided that playing with pencils and crayons was something she wanted to do for the rest of her life!
My Thoughts on Phil Pickle:
Pickles are people too. Some pickles don’t care to be squished in a jar or sliced in a sandwich. Some pickles have dreams. Some pickles (especially ones named Phil) have plans for stardom! But even pickles have to work hard to make their dreams come true. And sometimes, pickles feel overlooked, forgotten, and stuck on the shelf. He conquers his fears and keeps working until he nearly gives up hope, resigning himself to life in a jar. It’s a good thing Phil isn’t a sour pickle, because he’s about to find out that hard work pays off.
A pickle, a dream, and a lot of ambition make this delightful picture book a fresh feast for children and their parents. With Kelly Canby’s sketchy and expressive illustrations, you really can’t go wrong with this one. I loved every page and every word of Phil Pickle. I read it several times to my kids (and a few times without them) and I love the way Phil dares to dream. He ignores everyone that tells him he can’t do it and pushes forward until he reaches his goal. I especially like the way things don’t work out for him immediately. He has to keep working until he’s ready to give up before he catches a break.
This is a fantastic book for kids that have big dreams and lots of ambition. It’s also good for anyone that likes pickles on their sandwiches.
Thank you to Peter Pauper Press for sending me a galley in exchange for an honest review.
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