An excellent bedtime storybook.

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GOOD NIGHT, MY DARLING BABY

From the New Books for Newborns series

Little animals bed down for the night.

The sun has set, the stars are out, and the moon has risen. The time has come for the barnyard animals to go to sleep. “Daddy cow” (best not to interrogate this too closely), “mama sheep,” “papa horse,” and more softly sing to their little ones as they nuzzle up and drift off. The animals’ signature sounds are included in their lyrics: “Moo, moo, moo, moo… / Sweet dreams, my darling baby,” croons daddy cow. The book ends with the interracial, evidently heterosexual (mom white, dad brown) farmer couple putting their own baby to sleep. The illustrations are colored with warm greens, blues, and yellows, lulling little readers to snuggle with their own caregivers. This is an ideal bedtime story for reluctant sleepers, well suited to end a long bedtime story session. The equal representation of both mothers and fathers is quite refreshing in a subgenre that seems to feature mostly moms. The singing is a nice touch, and caregivers will think about inducing their own little ones to sing repetitive lullabies that will pave the way for their own bedtimes.

An excellent bedtime storybook. (Board book. 1-2)

Pub Date: March 14, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4814-8119-9

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 15, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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LLAMA LLAMA TRICK OR TREAT

From the Llama Llama series

In this board book designed for the littlest llama lovers, adorable-as-ever Llama Llama (Llama Llama Red Pajama, 2005, etc.) gets ready for some Halloween fun.

Dewdney’s characteristic spare, apt rhymes convey a lot of action in effortlessly readable fashion. A charming and simple introduction to Halloween and its associated activities, this title finds little Llama Llama choosing and carving a pumpkin, pouring candy into bowls, picking out a costume and, finally, trick-or-treating. The costume Llama Llama decides to don—pointy teeth and a black mask and cape—is enough to frighten and fool his friends but not readers, who will immediately recognize and smile at the silly little mini-Dracula. With Dewdney’s characters as expressive as ever, young readers will be drawn right into the holiday fun, eagerly anticipating which costume Llama Llama will choose and excited to see him scare his friends and score some candy at trick-or-treat. In the equally appealing companion title, Llama Llama Jingle Bells,the little fellow gets ready for Christmas, baking and decorating some cookies in anticipation of Santa’s arrival. This simple holiday title will win Llama Llama new fans, and old friends will want to add it and its companion to their collections. (Board book. 1-2)

 

Pub Date: Aug. 19, 2014

ISBN: 978-0451469786

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: June 25, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2015

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Sounds like a winner, though the animal chorus is a bit thin.

CRUNCH! MUNCH! BUNNY

Bunny hunts for carrots but finds noisy animal babies behind each flap instead.

“Bunny hops out of her burrow, / she’s looking for carrots to eat. / Can you help this fluffy friend / find a tasty treat?” The baaas, quacks, chirps, and horsey clip-clopping—activated by light as each of the first four big, shaped flaps lift—are gratifyingly loud and clear. All of the animal figures in the bright color pictures are intensely cute plush toys inserted into simple outdoorsy mixes of painted greenery and photographed flowers and bugs. Even the heaped carrots hiding behind the fifth and final flap are soft and fuzzy, though you’d never know that from the sound as Bunny hops on them (with a really loud boing) and chows down with crunches so comically amplified and rapid that caregivers too will laugh (at least the first dozen or so go-rounds). As no pressing of buttons is required to cue the sound effects, Bunny’s miniodyssey is suited to sharing at a slight remove with groups of toddlers as well as one-on-one. Batteries are replaceable, and there is (thankfully) an on-off switch on the rear cover.

Sounds like a winner, though the animal chorus is a bit thin. (Novelty board book. 18 mos.-2)

Pub Date: Jan. 8, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-4654-7853-5

Page Count: 12

Publisher: DK Publishing

Review Posted Online: Dec. 16, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2019

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