Don't Feed the Coos!
Don't Feed the Coos!
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Don't Feed the Coos!

Written by Jonathan Stutzman & illustrated by Heather Fox
Published by Henry Holt and Co (BYR)
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This spunky tale of unintended consequences is clever, original, and laugh-out-loud hilarious!

Created by husband and wife team Stutzman and Fox, Don’t Feed the Coos hearkens to notable classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie in an adventure that deliciously spirals from one seemingly innocent action—feeding a coo—into pandamonium in increasingly drastic circumstances. From feeding one small coo, the little girl is then accosted by numberless concourses of coos who follow her everywhere she goes, pooing on everything and humorously wreaking havoc on her mental, physical and emotional well-being. In a moment of genius, the little girl finally discovers a way to rid herself of the coos in a way that’s amenable to all involved parties. Fox’s excellent use of white space gives readers mental space to focus on the interactions taking place between the little girl and the coos, while numerous details delight on multiple readings—from the facial expressions of all involved to clever signage (“Coo Shall Not Pass”), to coo name tags. While the illustrations tell almost half the story, Stutzmans’ text is humorous and enjoyable even as a stand-alone read aloud and carries an uncommon amount of energy. Together, Stutzman’s dry wit and Fox’s bold and utterly expressive illustrations marry perfectly to create a book that, despite a touch of potty humor, hits all the right notes!

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What Should I Know As a Parent

Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following are concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.

Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Wow! So many (silly) things happen in **Don't Feed the Coos!** as a result of one small little action! Can you think of any other books (perhaps some classics) with a similar premise? Try and come up with your own story that snowballs from one small and seemingly simple action.
  • The solution to the little girl's problem actually makes a cameo appearance earlier in the book. Can you find him?
  • The little girl doesn't want the coos as constant companions, but it turns out that an elderly gentleman has been missing them! Can you think of some things that you appreciate that others don't or vice versa?


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Book Details

Publication Date
February 25, 2020
Page Count
Reading Age
4 - 8 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)

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