Peek-A-You by Andrea and Brian Pinkney | Book Review

As the mother of a toddler, I have read A LOT of baby board books in the past two and a half years. And I really savored this one because it starts and ends with messages for the parent, reminders to savor the moments that reading books together can provide. 

The illustrations are gorgeous caricature images of brown-skinned babies playing alone as well as with adults, a spin on the Peek-A-Boo game, replacing the scary word with the precious subject:YOU. I like that the book represents both genders, showing babies playing with both mother and father figures, something I think is important for children to see on the pages. The lines of the book contain words that the young reader hears repeatedly each day – action words like STOMP and SHOUT and SING and LOOK, but also objects and descriptive words like YOU and BABY and CUTE so this book is another tool in helping children learn to identify the words as they start their own reading journey.

I read this one aloud with my daughter a few times and then found her reading it herself, which warms my heart because I imagine she sees herself in this book, and isn’t that the objective of our read-aloud sessions, to get her to love reading herself! This book certainly helps that process along.


Book Details

  • Title: Peek-a-You
  • Author: Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • Illustrator: Brian Pinkney
  • Book Format: Board Book
  • Pages: 20
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books
  • Publication Date: Feb 1, 2022

Publisher Synopsis 

Playing peekaboo is more fun than ever with this rhythmic, whimsical board book from New York Times bestselling and award-winning duo Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney!

Peek-a-you, peek-a-you, can you see?

Here’s the pretty brown face of me?

Cuddle up with your little one and play a happy game of peekaboo! You won’t be able to resist this adorable board book with adorable rhymes and endless brown baby energy and fun. With bouncing, rhythmic text from New York Times bestselling author Andrea Davis Pinkney and warm, winsome illustrations from Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney, this joyful celebration of roly-poly, perfectly huggable, oh-so-lovable little ones is just-right for the whole family all throughout the year! Take a peek to see what you can find! And what’s the prize? The wondrous gaze of your bright brown bundle of joy!

This board book is part of the Bright Brown Baby publishing program, a celebration of Black and brown joy, babies, and families. And if you’re looking for a gift-able picture book? Be sure to also check out the beautiful picture book treasury Bright Brown Baby to read “Peek-a-You” alongside four more poems. Just-right for new and expectant parents, baby showers, birthdays, graduations, and more!

Note: I received a complimentary copy of Peek-a-You from the publishers Cartwheel Books and TLC Book Tours in order to participate in a publicity tour. I was not otherwise compensated and the above represents my honest opinion about the book


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