MAKING FACES

A FIRST BOOK OF EMOTIONS

This expressive primer puts names to faces and encourages children to make a few of their own.

This sturdy board book uses photographs, a cutout cover, simple questions, and a mirror to teach children to identify and express five different feelings familiar to children of all ages. The book’s design engages its target audience with attractive photos of cute baby boys and girls of several different races, including white, Asian, and black, and there’s an adorable girl (judging by the little flower-shaped earrings) who looks Indian or of Middle Eastern descent. The cutaway hole in the cover peeks through at that girl happily sticking out her tongue, flanked by a serious youngster and a laughing little baby. The text introduces the terms “happy,” “sad,” “angry,” “surprised,” and “silly,” each term illustrated with a baby face to match, followed by a chance to select that face from a pool of six babies. The design of the book encourages a dialogue between caregiver and child as young readers indicate their guesses and learn to distinguish among different facial expressions. After a quick review of the new vocabulary words, the last page of the book offers a mirror, so young readers can make some faces of their own.

Good moody fun. (Board book.9 mos.-2)

Pub Date: March 14, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4197-2383-4

Page Count: 14

Publisher: abramsappleseed

Review Posted Online: May 24, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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A memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder.

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After being home-schooled for years, Auggie Pullman is about to start fifth grade, but he’s worried: How will he fit into middle school life when he looks so different from everyone else?

Auggie has had 27 surgeries to correct facial anomalies he was born with, but he still has a face that has earned him such cruel nicknames as Freak, Freddy Krueger, Gross-out and Lizard face. Though “his features look like they’ve been melted, like the drippings on a candle” and he’s used to people averting their eyes when they see him, he’s an engaging boy who feels pretty ordinary inside. He’s smart, funny, kind and brave, but his father says that having Auggie attend Beecher Prep would be like sending “a lamb to the slaughter.” Palacio divides the novel into eight parts, interspersing Auggie’s first-person narrative with the voices of family members and classmates, wisely expanding the story beyond Auggie’s viewpoint and demonstrating that Auggie’s arrival at school doesn’t test only him, it affects everyone in the community. Auggie may be finding his place in the world, but that world must find a way to make room for him, too.

A memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder. (Fiction. 8-14)

Pub Date: Feb. 14, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-375-86902-0

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: Dec. 3, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2011

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Wonderful, indeed

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THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU WILL BE

A GROWING-UP POEM

A love song to baby with delightful illustrations to boot.

Sweet but not saccharine and singsong but not forced, Martin’s text is one that will invite rereadings as it affirms parental wishes for children while admirably keeping child readers at its heart. The lines that read “This is the first time / There’s ever been you, / So I wonder what wonderful things / You will do” capture the essence of the picture book and are accompanied by a diverse group of babies and toddlers clad in downright adorable outfits. Other spreads include older kids, too, and pictures expand on the open text to visually interpret the myriad possibilities and hopes for the depicted children. For example, a spread reading “Will you learn how to fly / To find the best view?” shows a bespectacled, school-aged girl on a swing soaring through an empty white background. This is just one spread in which Martin’s fearless embrace of the white of the page serves her well. Throughout the book, she maintains a keen balance of layout choices, and surprising details—zebras on the wallpaper behind a father cradling his child, a rock-’n’-roll band of mice paralleling the children’s own band called “The Missing Teeth”—add visual interest and gentle humor. An ideal title for the baby-shower gift bag and for any nursery bookshelf or lap-sit storytime.

Wonderful, indeed . (Picture book. 1-4)

Pub Date: Aug. 25, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-385-37671-6

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: June 6, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2015

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