“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!
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.
Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following is a list of concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.
Potty Humor: There are some humorous but repeated references to “poo” in the context of bird poop.
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.
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?
Heather Fox is an illustrator of stories for children. Her art is filled with quirk and dashes of whimsy that is created in both doodle and digital forms. When she isn’t creating, she is probably drinking a hot cup of coffee, eating Chinese food, or chasing down her dog (Sir Hugo) that has stolen one of her socks. She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
For Kevin, the man with the pigeon hat
For Kevin, the man with the pigeon hat