Q, R, S, T, U, Vvvvvery average. 

*Keith Baker manages to get his peas to do a lot of things, so much so that your eye will get a (fun) workout trying to track down what every pea is doing on each page   
*Gets your kids thinking about all the ways they can be active in this world
*Some humorous inside jokes for parents (like the Elvis "king" pea and the band called Pod)

*The writing has almost has a diarrhea dump feel to it -- not unlike a bad batch of those tiny patina pellets 
*Wasn't a fan of the way the text and images were distributed -- some letters got the two-page treatment, while others were whirled in between two other symbols and given but a single phrase 
*The four instances where tiny speech bubbles were used didn't add to the story and, if they do anything, distract the reader


Deciding on the final rating for this is going to be harder than asking a toddler to finish a plate full of green vegetables.  On the one hand, Baker's effort is bursting at the seams with material and has a happy vibe to it.  Conversely, it sounds like it was written by someone who might be forced to eat peas on the regular, such as an adult ward of the state who suffered a traumatic brain injury or some other debilitating cognitive condition.  Okay, so this is an exaggeration, but not as much as you would think.]  You see the quandary I am in right?  In the end, I think of it much like frozen peas at the supermarket.  I wouldn't be disappointed if I got them, but I wouldn't be that excited about them either.  Moreover, I would never go out of my way to track them down.  Weak Borrow. 

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