Pippa and Percival, Pancake and Poppy: Four Peppy Puppies

Cover: Pippa and Percival, Pancake and Poppy: Four Peppy Puppies

Nominee for the 2019-2020 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award

A puppy named Poppy hears a rustling behind her fence and does what any curious puppy would--digs a hole under! There she finds another puppy! The puppies find two more floppy puppy friends and go on a galloping, gamboling adventure...until they catch a fright and go racing back to their loving homes. Told in bouncing, rolling rhyme, this sweet story is sure to capture the hearts of little dog lovers everywhere.



  • Dewey: [E]
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585363865): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 9 (h), © 2018, 03/15/2018
  • PDF (9781534122994): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 9 (h), © 2018, 03/15/2018
  • Hosted ebook (9781534123168): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 9 (h), © 2018, 03/15/2018
  • Subject: Language Arts


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 0-4 - Age 7
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 1
  • Lexile® Measure: 510
  • Guided Reading Level: G
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: Pending

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Booklist - Pippa and Percival, Pancake and Poppy: Four Peppy Puppies

This tremendously fun read-aloud centers on four puppies who meet each other, one at a time. It beings with Poppy, a spaniel who digs under a fence until she finds a sheepdog, Pancake. They play until they happen up Percival, a dachshund. This merry group then comes across Pippa, a poodle jumping from a pile of leaves. The concept of discovering puppies should appeal to young children, to say the least, and the enjoyment is enhanced by Diesen’s anticipatory use of the phrase “and that’s when they found" prior to each page turn. Two nice plot turns ensue. First, the puppies venture into a shadowy, scary alley and this time encounter not a puppy but a huge, hissing cat. Second, each puppy finds its owner again and returns home. Different breeds and diverse owners underscore the notion of everyone getting along (except the cat), while the bright acrylic paints and varying perspectives add playfulness. The rhymes, alliteration, and wordplay all make this a romp to read.


Author: Deborah Diesen

Deborah Diesen has written many children’s picture books, including the New York Times-bestselling The Pout-Pout Fish, and Catch A Kiss. She loves playing with words and rhymes and rhythms. She has worked as a bookseller, a bookkeeper, and a reference librarian. She and her family live in Michigan.

Illustrator: Grace Zong

Grace Zong is the illustrator of a number of children’s books, including Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas. She splits her time between New York and Korea.