Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Copycat Charlie

Copycat Charlie

Marcus Pfister
Novelty Book
For ages 2 to 4
NorthSouth, 2008   ISBN: 978073582224

Little children love to copy what animals do. They think it is hilarious to meow like a cat, bark like a dog, or oink like a pig. They think they are being very amusing when they lick people’s faces like a dog, gallop around like a horse, and bound around like a kangaroo. Charlie the little duckling likes to copy animals too, and what he likes to do is to go to the zoo so that he can copy the animals who live there.

   The first animal he copies is a hippopotamus. The huge animal is opening its enormous mouth, so Charlie “opens his mouth wide.” Next, Charlie climbs onto a tree branch and he mimics a chameleon by stretching out his tongue so that is long and thin. Charlie learns that copying animals is not always easy when he tries to copy what a seal is doing. The seal is balancing a ball on the tip of his nose, but Charlie has to balance the ball on the tip of his yellow beak.

   Little children are going to enjoy looking through the book. They will connect with Charlie because he does the kinds of things they can relate to. On every spread in the book there are textured surfaces that children will enjoy exploring with their fingers.