Don't Feed the Coos!

by Jonathan Stutzman (Author) Heather Fox (Illustrator)

Don't Feed the Coos!
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

The dynamic team behind Llama Destroys the World returns with a laugh-out-loud tale about the dangers...of feeding pigeons! When you see a coo, you will be tempted to give it a treat.

Coos are adorable, peaceful, kind of silly.


If you feed one, they will ALL come... So begins Don't Feed the Coos, a cautionary tale that details the fallout when a little girl decides to share some bread with a coo (aka pigeon). From the park to home to the arcade to karate practice, the coos follow the generous-but-foolish girl who didn't heed the warning. Because when you give a coo a crumb...the entire population of coos will come! But fret not: our spunky little heroine will discover that even the biggest of problems can be solved with a little determination. In the grand tradition of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Don't Feed the Coos reminds us that the most disastrous of reactions can come from the most innocent of actions. Jonathan Stutzman and Heather Fox deliver another ridiculous and hilarious story, sure to delight fans of The Bad Seed and I Want My Hat Back.

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Kirkus Reviews

If it's true that being pooped on by a bird brings good luck, Stutzman and Fox's protagonist accrues some serious great fortune...Coo-coo storytime fun.

Publishers Weekly

Married collaborators Stutzman and Fox (Llama Destroys the World) present the darkly comic--and maybe even existential--hazards presented by a whole flock of pigeons ("coos") in this send-up of cause-and-effect titles such as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. "If you feed one"--a child stands with a bag of bread, beguiled by a small gray coo--"they will ALL come." Quickly surrounded, the child is tailed by coos ("through the park, / down the street.../ Even at karate lessons") who never stop eating and poo with impunity ("coo poos covering everything"). "No matter what scheme you cook up," the narrator cautions as a variety of "Go Away" signs are installed, "your plans. Will. FAIL." Should the child capitulate ("Just accept your fate..../ Give them names./ Knit them scarves"), or could it be that someone who truly loves the coos is missing them terribly? Fox's graphic illustrations echo the text's giddy rhythms, with the pigeons styled, Willems-like, as pert, wide-eyed, always-in-profile graphic motifs that skip, flit, and, yes, poo prodigiously across the pages. Ages 4-8. (Feb.)

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Review quotes

"Giggleworthy...a silly primer on the dos and don'ts of animal caretaking." — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Praise for Llama Destroys the World:

"Dessert has never seemed so epic." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Will make Rubin and Salmieri's fans split their own pants." —Kirkus

Jonathan Stutzman
Jay Fleck is an Illinois-based designer and illustrator who has illustrated many books for children. He lives south of Chicago.

Jonathan Stutzman is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. His short films have screened at film festivals all over the world and on television. He lives in Palmyra, Pennsylvania.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Henry Holt & Company
Publication date
February 20, 2020
BISAC categories
JUV002040 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Birds
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Library of Congress categories
Humorous stories
Picture books
Determination (Personality trait)

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