Spring Forward! Happy Spring, Chirp! by Satoshi Iriyama
Spring has sprung, and little peeper Chirp springs into action when Mama Hen asks him to take a basket of fresh flowers to Auntie Duck's birthday party. With a peep and a cheep, he's off with the bouquet basket in his beak.
OFF CHIRP GOES.
BUT WHO IS HIDING BEHIND THE BUSHES?
Through a cutout on the verso page, Cheep spots a fuzzy face and part of one ear!
With a page turn we see Bear pop up with a big BOOOOO!
Cheep drops the basket and the flowers are scattered, a little the worse for wear!
Bear apologizes and offers an alternative idea for replacing the posies.
"I'LL TAKE YOU TO GET A NEW PRESENT!"
Chirp clings valiantly atop Bear's head, as with a beep, Bear bumbles on, even swimming across a pond with much splishing and splashing and a spooked Chirp precariously hanging on.
And there they are, at Bear's favorite strawberry patch. Bear hunkers down to eat a few, while Chirp searches for the sweetest, biggest, most perfect strawberries to fill his little basket. He assures Bear that he knows just how to find Auntie Duck's pond all by himself, but after a while all the meadows begin to look the same. As Chirp stops to get his bearings, a bird swoops down and makes off with the most perfect strawberry from the basket. The startled Chirp drops the basket and the birthday present berries begin to roll down the hill, with Chirp tumbling behind....
Will Chirp fail in his solo mission? Not to worry, in Sateshi Triyama's just published Happy Spring, Chirp! (Chirp the Chick) (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015). In a grand eight-page gatefold spread, Chirp and his berries tumble down, down, right into Auntie Duck's pond just in time to make a dramatic splash at the birthday bash.
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AUNTIE!" SAYS CHIRP.
"THANK YOU, MY SWEET CHICK," SAYS AUNTIE DUCK. "AND A HAPPY SPRING, TOO!"
With flaps, cut-outs, pop-ups, and vertical and horizontal gatefolds done up in sturdy stock, there is plenty for young fingers to do in this sun-drenched, pastel-paletted springtime story. Chirp is as cute as an Easter basket peep, and with the many critters--rabbits, ladybugs,caterpillars, moths, beetles, and birds--in the background, youngsters can have fun seeing how many of those pictured on the endpapers they can spot throughout the story.
Triyama's latest "toy and movable book" board book joins the earlier Good Night, Chirp (Chirp the Chick).