Too Pickley!

Too wrinkly, too squishy, too fruity, too fishy!

It’s lunchtime, but our fussy little boy does not like a single item on his plate. What is a boy to eat? Reidy’s playful rhyming text is once again brought to life by Leloup’s stylish bold art. Parents (and children) will love the hilarious antics the boy goes through, and the reassuring joy at the end of all that kitchen-table drama.

Picture book, Ages 3-5, Bloomsbury
ISBN-13: 978-1599903095 (Hardcover), 978-1599903101 (Library Binding), 978-1599906805 (Board Book)


“Leloup’s bright, digitally mastered illustrations keep up with the comic pace of Reidy’s bouncy rhymes. Fans of the first book will enjoy the exaggerated humor of this hard-to-please youngster.” 

School Library Journal

“The irascible illustrations placed on brilliantly colored pages vividly show the amusing antics of the freckle-faced boy and his hamster sidekick.”


“Rejoice, gleeful mealtime fussbudgets: Too Purpley! (2010) has a sibling, and it’s called Too Pickley! Reidy’s pithy, energetic text…scans and rhymes so exuberantly that it feels joyful even though it’s about revulsion.  The verse is so satisfying that young listeners will recite along and demand seconds. Tuck in!”

Kirkus Reviews

“The repetition and pared down plot will strike a chord with the very youngest book fans. The intriguing adjectives keep the interest alive for slightly older readers – perhaps even those in the earliest stages of learning to read for themselves. The humor and charm in Genevieve Leloup’s jolly, vibrant and upbeat illustrations make it a real joy for all ages … Everything that Too Pickley! does, it does perfectly. It’s great fun and warmly recommended.” 

The Bookbag

“The fabulous writing & illustrating team from Too Purpley! is back and choosier than ever in this colorful companion book, Too Pickley! Their choices–of both words and images–is the readers gain as we giggle & snort our way through page after page of delightful delicacies. This duo really knows how to engage the preschool crowd. This book is adorably irresistible!”

Young Adults and Kid's Books Central

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