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Patrick eats his peas and other stories : a Toon book

New York : Toon Books, [2013]
Physical Description:
31 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series title(s):
General Note:
"Artwork was drawn in colored pencil"--Title page verso.

"An imprint of Candlewick Press."
Patrick eats his peas -- Patrick helps out -- Patrick takes a bath -- Patrick goes to bed.
Collects more adventures of Patrick the little teddy bear as he dines, takes a bath, lends a hand, and goes to bed.
Reading Level:
160 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.6 0.5 160714.
Added Title:
Patrick helps out.

Patrick takes a bath.

Patrick goes to bed.


Call Number
Hayes, G.
1-2 Toon

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Equal parts adorable and bratty, this sweet bear transforms daily routine into fun adventures. As he keeps his parents on their toes from breakfast to bedtime, Patrick will also keep young readers coming back for more. Geoffrey Hayes, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winner and the uncontested master of children's comics, gives us four classic Patrick stories.

Author Notes

Geoffrey Hayes was born in Pasadena, California on December 3, 1947. He studied at Hunter College, the Art Students League, and the School of Visual Arts. Before becoming a children's author and illustrator, he worked in the art department at an advertising firm and in the interior design department at an architectural firm. In 1974, he brought a portfolio of his artwork to Harper and Row. His first picture book, Bear by Himself, was published in 1976. He created more than 50 books for children including the Otto and Uncle Tooth early reader series, Benny and Penny in Just Pretend, and Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!, which won the 2010 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. He also illustrated several works by other authors including When the Wind Blew by Margaret Wise Brown, which was selected as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. He died on June 2, 2017 at the age of 69.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-These books explore the ups and downs of family life. In Peas, four chapters show Patrick and his parents in humorous conflict over vegetables, chores, baths, and bedtime. Patrick's imaginative naughtiness comes alive in Hayes's detailed colored pencil drawings, and the young bear's antics may remind readers of Calvin, Dennis the Menace, and other comic scamps. In Balloon, an older sister exuberantly bosses her younger sister in a series of rainy-day escapades, while Liniers's ink and watercolor illustrations convey each of the sisters' emotions, from enthusiasm to trepidation and even gleeful disgust at mucky worms. These easy readers feature familiar environments, a limited number of characters, and vocabulary that will gently challenge young readers with words like "beautiful" and sound effects like "burble burble." While the expressive thought bubbles, dynamic panel layouts, and perfect pacing make both titles enjoyable first comics, they may be even more successful in beginning-reader collections serving younger children.-Sarah Stone, San Francisco Public Library (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

The delightful bear who pleased new readers in Patrick in a Teddy Bear's Picnic and Other Stories is back for four more short homey adventures--eating veggies, helping Daddy, bathing, and preparing for bed. The comic format and approachable vocabulary make this book eminently suited for beginning readers. Hayes's detailed, expressive illustrations and childlike sense of fun complete the package. (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Four more minitales (Patrick: A Teddy Bear's Picnic and Other Stories, 2011) take the irrepressible ursine from mealtime to bathtime to bedtime, with a side venture out into the yard to "help" daddy rake leaves. In the opener, the round-eared, red-nosed tyke initially regards the peas on his plate as "little green balls of MUSHY POISON!" but after negotiations, he ultimately downs them with generous helpings of ketchup and jelly as his revolted ("Yuck!") but indulgent mother looks on. Misadventures with a weeding fork, a water hose, bath toys and large quantities of bubble bath follow--capped at last with much protestation and foot dragging on the way to bed. Underscoring all this cozy domesticity, the anthropomorphic Patrick and his parents look like teddy bears with a certain amount of koala in their DNA. The stubby figures, pale colors and soft-edged lines on view in Hayes' sequential scenes hark back to Lillian Hoban's illustrations for her (then) husband Russell's classic A Bargain for Frances (1970) and its sequels. Another charmer from the reliable Hayes; newly independent readers won't need any condiments to gobble it down. (Graphic easy reader. 4-6)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Patrick is a feisty little bear who likes neither peas nor bathing, but with the good-natured coaching of his parents, he manages both these tasks as well as helping out in the garden at least he thinks he's helping and getting to sleep on a scary night. Hayes (Benny and Penny, 2008) is an experienced children's author and illustrator and knows just how to give emerging readers a fun, literacy-building sequential-art narrative. With panels varying in size and shape, the artwork-filled pages burst with the bear family's expressive faces, actions, and postures and with colorful and lovingly detailed settings that range from a lush garden to an abundantly bubbly bath. Patrick's songs, escaping horde of uneaten peas, and his parents' asides to each other give each vignette a healthy dose of humor beyond the events of the story. Another win in TOON's lineup of kid-friendly comics.--Goldsmith, Francisca Copyright 2010 Booklist