Perfect Picture Book Friday: NO PEACOCKS Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends!

It’s been such a wonderful week so far…reconnecting with my dear friend Jane in her home on the New Jersey shore…we’ve known each other since we were two years old and have spent the last few days talking and hugging and talking some more! On Wednesday, we walked on the boardwalk,  listened to the waves crashing on the beach. and shared food I haven’t had forever like hot dogs and pizza and fries. 

Which made me think of NO PEACOCKS!, a brand new picture book by one of  my favorite kidlit authors, Robin Newman, about a bunch of birds who want to get some variety in their diet. And thanks to the lovely Robin, we have a giveaway of a copy of this wonderful book!



Written by Robin Newman

Illustrated by Chris Ewald

Published by Sky Pony Press (September 2018)

Ages: 4-8

Themes: Humor, ingenuity, food

Synopsis: From Amazon: 

Every day, Phil, Jim, and Harry are fed sunflower seeds by the staff who care for them at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. But one day, they decide they’re sick of them. They make a break for the New York City streets in search of pizza or Chinese takeout.

But everywhere they go, they’re told “No peacocks!” So they try to get an ooey, gooey, delicious meal closer to home. But how are they going to sneak into the school’s dining hall and get their wings on the school’s world-famous mac ‘n cheese? A little plotting, some stolen disguises, and help from the students, and mission mac ‘n cheese is a go! Will the peacocks finally get their mac ‘n cheese? Or will their cover be blown, forcing them to fly the coop?

Inspired by the real-life beloved, celebrity birds living on the grounds of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, and brought to the page in bold, bright style, No Peacocks!is a hilarious romp and a perfect read-aloud.

Why I like this book:

  • Kids love funny books…I love funny books…and this is a very funny book!
  • Great diversity in the school children!
  • Bold bright colors will engage kids from the first page to the last!

And here is some more info about the book, straight from the author’s mouth!

My latest book, No Peacocks! A Feathered Tale of Three Mischievous Foodies, illustrated by Chris Ewald (Sky Pony Press) flies onto bookshelves on 9/4.

Let me introduce you to some friends of mine:

This is Phil. He’s a white leucistic peafowl.

white peacock

This is Jim or Harry.

jim or harry

Or Harry or Jim. They’re your traditional blue-green peacocks.

harry or jim

Phil, Jim, and Harry reside on the grounds of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. From the moment I saw them, I knew I wanted to write a story about them. But it wasn’t until I was attending a meeting for The Cathedral School’s book fair, when my son was a student, and someone announced—Did anyone leave a stroller on the porch with a sandwich? Because one of the peacocks just ate it—that I knew the kind of story I was going to write.

No Peacocks! is a fictional tale about Phil, Jim, and Harry’s quest to taste the school’s very famous mac ‘n cheese. With a little plotting, some stolen school uniforms, and help from the students, Mission Mac ‘n Cheese is a go! No Peacocks! is a cheesy story of friendship and teamwork, with a mild sprinkling of fowl behavior. 

Every day tour buses line up along Amsterdam Avenue from 110th Street to 112th Street to see the three celebrity peacocks and visit the cathedral (which also happens to be where Madeleine L’Engle had worked as the librarian and writer in residence).

No Peacocks! is a quintessential New York story. There may be Eloise at The Plaza Hotel on the east side of town, but there’s no doubt that the peacocks at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine are THE celebrities on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. 

WOW! Don’t you love getting a behind the scenes look at how/why a book came to be? Is this not fantastic? And just think…one lucky person is going to win a copy of this fascinating book!!! Make sure you leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway.


Peacock-Crafts-and-Activities-for-KidsPhoto courtesy:

For detailed instructions on many peacock crafts:

Here are some great learning extension activities from Robin:

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And for more picture book reviews, please hop over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.

I hope you will all come back tomorrow to visit with author Robin Newman who is stopping by to chat with us on Will Write for Cookies. Please don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway…and remember that book reviews on sites like Amazon and Goodreads are one of the best gifts you can give to your favorite authors.

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever - Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids, March 15, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, Feb 13, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, May 1, 2019); MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020); FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my young grandson.

Posted on September 7, 2018, in book giveaway, Craft activities for kids, Susanna Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 38 Comments.

  1. Robin,
    Thanks for sharing not only your story and how No Peacocks came to be, but the great backstory of the three peacocks. Look forward to reading your book! Always enjoy hearing how story ideas came into fruition!

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  2. Lovely story of the three Peacocks. Sounds like a fun read. If ever I return to New York City I must go down to the Cathedral Church of St John and hopefully see the peacocks. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. This story looks like such fun! I can’t wait to see it on the shelves. Thanks for sharing your story and the beautiful photos.

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  4. Can’t wait to read it! Mac & cheese + peacocks 🙂

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  5. I love it when a single comment can be the spark for an entire story! This one looks like such fun.

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  6. Thanks for sharing this news, Vivian. Robin, this looks hilarious! And I am happy to learn the back story about the real birds. I’m looking forward to this one.

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  7. Robin and the peacocks are such busy birds today! Congratulations on the book birthday – I hope you celebrated with lots of mac-and-cheese!

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  8. This sounds like a blast. I love how it also provides a taste of a place that people can visit. Something familiar to those who live near there and a cool reason to visit for those who learn about these peacocks.

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  9. This sounds like a fabulous read, Thank you for sharing!

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  10. Danielle Hammelef

    Humorous picture books are my favorite. I have to read this book for myself and make sure I’m not hungry when I do. The illustrations are so bright and fun to make this a fabulous choice for a reread and read out loud.

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  11. What a delightful tale–or tail! Can’t wait to get a copy and enjoy the humor and chuckles. And the best part is that you can go visit these 3 mischievous birds and imagine their antics looking for variation in their diet!

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  12. That looks adorable! Feathered foodies-I love it! Thanks for the great post, Vivian and congratulations Robin!

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  13. I had no idea about the peacocks at St. John the Divine and I’ve been there! What a great story idea! Thanks Vivian for telling us about this book and Robin for writing it!

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  14. Smart peacocks. I’d be bored of seeds also. And who can resist mac n cheese. =)

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  15. Peacocks and mac and cheese….hmmmmm. What a combo!!

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  16. Ooooh how I love a good peacock story! Sounds like this one’s a fun one!

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  17. This sounds adorable. Love learning the story behind the story. You never know when inspiration will strike.

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  18. Ali Earle Pichardo

    So glad you had time with your friend Vivian. Girl time rejuvenates us.
    Can’t wait to add NO PEACOCKS! to my Robin Newman collection.

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  19. This sounds like my kind of book! Can’t wait to read it!

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  20. I love this story! Can’t wait to read it! And now, another bucket list item – to see the peacocks! Congratulations!

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  21. Great craft choices for a wonderful book. This one sounds so fun. Can’t wait to get a hold of it.

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  22. We have great taste in books! Enjoyed your review and activities!

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  23. More mac-n-chees! I was just over at Patricia’s! I must need my dinner!!! I also want one of those tutus! Thanks for sharing, Vivian!

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  24. The book looks fantastic! Congratulations, Robin. And thanks for sharing, Vivian.

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  25. Congratulations on your new book Robin. I love the back story of the sandwich snatching peacock!

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  26. I love funny books, too! They’re my favourite read alouds:)
    I also love the resources you shared to go along with the book. Thank you!

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  27. This book! And now I definitely want a peacock skirt. (Who wouldn’t?) I remember reading about these birds before… what sneaks they are.

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  28. Robin, the real life peacocks your book is based. on are as gorgeous as your story peacocks are humorous. Can’t wait to read this one to my school age grandchildren. Thank you for sharing your inspiration for your book. In sharing your process, you inspire all of us.

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  29. This sounds like such fun! Fun stories based on real life are the best! Thanks for sharing and best wishes!

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  30. Cute! I would love to try and win this!


  31. What a fun book, and what a cool story behind the book! Congratulations, Robin!


  32. This looks like a great book


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