A helpful resource that approachably addresses a difficult topic.

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PINKY PROMISE

BREAKING THE CODE OF SILENCE

Turner’s picture book encourages parents and children to keep an open dialogue about preventing sexual abuse.

The author shows examples of inappropriate interactions between adults and children and emphasizes that parent-child communication is vital for keeping children safe. In fact, the refrain of the text is: “You can tell me.” Turner (Hey Ugly, 2015) includes a “Dear Responsible Adult” letter explaining the ways the book can be used as a tool for parents to protect their children while broaching sensitive topics. Other interactive elements include instructions for parent and child to “interlock” pinkies symbolizing commitment and a tear-out “Pinky Promise” certificate for parent and child to sign. Resource pages include hotlines, the author’s social media accounts, and suggested hashtags. Also featured are several topically relevant poems by the author. Richburg’s illustrations show people of various ages and ethnicities. The bold, saturated hues and graphic-novel–style images provide concrete context. For example, where the text reads, “If someone asks you to keep a bad secret, you can tell me,” the accompanying illustration depicts an adult embracing a visibly uncomfortable child and a bubble encasing the words, “Remember what we talked about.” Using simple language and pictures kids can relate to, Turner tackles a challenging subject. This read will undoubtedly incite necessary discussion.

A helpful resource that approachably addresses a difficult topic.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-692-92277-4

Page Count: 34

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Feb. 14, 2018

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Playful, engaging, and full of opportunities for empathy—a raucous storytime hit.

THERE'S A MONSTER IN YOUR BOOK

From the There’s a…in Your Book series

Readers try to dislodge a monster from the pages of this emotive and interactive read-aloud.

“OH NO!” the story starts. “There’s a monster in your book!” The blue, round-headed monster with pink horns and a pink-tipped tail can be seen cheerfully munching on the opening page. “Let’s try to get him out,” declares the narrator. Readers are encouraged to shake, tilt, and spin the book around, while the monster careens around an empty background looking scared and lost. Viewers are exhorted to tickle the monster’s feet, blow on the page, and make a really loud noise. Finally, shockingly, it works: “Now he’s in your room!” But clearly a monster in your book is safer than a monster in your room, so he’s coaxed back into the illustrations and lulled to sleep, curled up under one page and cuddling a bit of another like a child with their blankie. The monster’s entirely cute appearance and clear emotional reactions to his treatment add to the interactive aspect, and some young readers might even resist the instructions to avoid hurting their new pal. Children will be brought along on the monster’s journey, going from excited, noisy, and wiggly to calm and steady (one can hope).

Playful, engaging, and full of opportunities for empathy—a raucous storytime hit. (Picture book. 2-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 5, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5247-6456-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: June 5, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2017

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The book is perfect for read-alouds, with occasional, often onomatopoeic Spanish words such as “quiquiriquí,” “tacatac” and...

WAITING FOR THE BIBLIOBURRO

Inspired by Colombian librarian Luis Soriano Bohórquez, Brown’s latest tells of a little girl whose wish comes true when a librarian and two book-laden burros visit her remote village.

Ana loves to read and spends all of her free time either reading alone or to her younger brother. She knows every word of the one book she owns. Although she uses her imagination to create fantastical bedtime tales for her brother, she really wants new books to read. Everything changes when a traveling librarian and his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, arrive in the village. Besides loaning books to the children until his next visit, the unnamed man also reads them stories and teaches the younger children the alphabet. When Ana suggests that someone write a book about the traveling library, he encourages her to complete this task herself. After she reads her library books, Ana writes her own story for the librarian and gives it to him upon his reappearance—and he makes it part of his biblioburro collection. Parra’s colorful folk-style illustrations of acrylics on board bring Ana’s real and imaginary worlds to life. This is a child-centered complement to Jeanette Winter’s Biblioburro (2010), which focuses on Soriano.

The book is perfect for read-alouds, with occasional, often onomatopoeic Spanish words such as “quiquiriquí,” “tacatac” and “iii-aah” adding to the fun.   (author’s note, glossary of Spanish terms) (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: July 12, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-58246-353-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Tricycle

Review Posted Online: June 6, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2011

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