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Willa of the Wood
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Anne Sibley O'Brien
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Laura Gehl

Dear Librarians,

Halloween is a favorite holiday for many children — including my own four kids. But for other little ones, even visions of lollipops and candy bars can't take away the fear of dark streets filled with sinister characters.

PEEP AND EGG: I'M NOT TRICK OR TREATING continues the adventures of adorable chicks Peep and Egg, introduced last spring in PEEP AND EGG: I'M NOT HATCHING, which Kirkus called "delightful and right on target." When I visit schools to present this series, I tell kids that we all have fears — and that we can all overcome those fears. In this installment, Peep cracks Halloween jokes while gently coaxing Egg into her costume. Peep and Egg's strong bond serves as a reminder that everybody needs help sometimes, to scare away the scary stuff. I hope little readers will find this book on your shelves to take the fright right out of Halloween!

For a chance to win a signed copy of PEEP AND EGG: I'M NOT TRICK OR TREATING, email

Happy Halloween!
Laura Gehl

"It's a familiar story of opening oneself up to new experiences, but Gehl's lighthearted dialogue and Wan's chunky, emotive graphics keep it feeling fresh." —Publishers Weekly

"Bold colors, thick lines, and strategic use of white space and panels enhance this preschool-friendly tale about overcoming fears (and receiving candy)." —Horn Book

"Goes down easily for those youngsters who are similarly frightened, and Peep's corny jokes should be added to every repertoire." —Kirkus

"Text and illustrations work well together in this lighthearted adventure." —School Library Journal
I'm Not Trick or Treating / Laura Gehl / Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-0374301224 / Published: August, 2016

Ages 1-6 / Picture Book
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