A delight.



From the Indestructibles series

Chew-proof, rip-proof, nontoxic, washable, and utterly charming!

This newest offering, along with companion Things That Go!, in the highly practical Indestructibles series delights and informs while withstanding all the punishment exuberant young readers can inflict. Tough, tightly bound, floppy pages stand up to grabby hands, drool, gums and teeth, food, spills, and even a dunk in the tub. Wild, domestic, and barnyard animals, appealingly rendered in bold, vibrant colors, stand out against brightly colored backgrounds as they enjoy many of baby’s favorite activities: playing, eating, making noise, and snuggling. The front cover and the final two pages pair baby animals with parents, but for most of the book, it’s babies all the way. Each infant is identified by the type of animal it is and the proper term for babies of that species—the requisite cubs and calves, for example, but also some joeys and a hatchling. Artist Lomp imbues every animal with personality. The babies are carefree and social at play, jumping, cavorting in mud, or gazing in wonder at a dandelion. They eat with purpose and gusto. When noisy, they sing in joyous, cacophonous concert. When they snuggle, babes and parents alike look happy, peaceful, and content. While the charm factor in Things That Go! is less pronounced, it offers a nifty variety of transportation modes, including biplane, blimp, and scooter, driven and ridden by cheery humans of diverse races and genders.

A delight. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)

Pub Date: April 4, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-7611-9308-1

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Workman

Review Posted Online: April 17, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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Beloved Little Blue takes a bit of the mystery—and fear—out of Halloween costumes.


A lift-the-flap book gives the littlest trick-or-treaters some practice identifying partygoers under their costumes.

Little Blue Truck and his buddy Toad are off to a party, and they invite readers (and a black cat) along for the ride: “ ‘Beep! Beep! Beep!’ / says Little Blue. / ‘It’s Halloween!’ / You come, too.” As they drive, they are surprised (and joined) by many of their friends in costume. “Who’s that in a tutu / striking a pose / up on the tiniest / tips of her toes? / Under the mask / who do you see?” Lifting the flap unmasks a friend: “ ‘Quack!’ says the duck. / ‘It’s me! It’s me!’ ” The sheep is disguised as a clown, the cow’s a queen, the pig’s a witch, the hen and her chick are pirates, and the horse is a dragon. Not to be left out, Little Blue has a costume, too. The flaps are large and sturdy, and enough of the animals’ characteristic features are visible under and around the costumes that little ones will be able to make successful guesses even on the first reading. Lovely curvy shapes and autumn colors fade to dusky blues as night falls, and children are sure to notice the traditional elements of a Halloween party: apple bobbing, lit jack-o’-lanterns, and punch and treats.

Beloved Little Blue takes a bit of the mystery—and fear—out of Halloween costumes. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-544-77253-3

Page Count: 16

Publisher: HMH Books

Review Posted Online: July 20, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2016

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The print version of a knee-slapping cumulative ditty.

In the song, Smith meets a donkey on the road. It is three-legged, and so a “wonky donkey” that, on further examination, has but one eye and so is a “winky wonky donkey” with a taste for country music and therefore a “honky-tonky winky wonky donkey,” and so on to a final characterization as a “spunky hanky-panky cranky stinky-dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey.” A free musical recording (of this version, anyway—the author’s website hints at an adults-only version of the song) is available from the publisher and elsewhere online. Even though the book has no included soundtrack, the sly, high-spirited, eye patch–sporting donkey that grins, winks, farts, and clumps its way through the song on a prosthetic metal hoof in Cowley’s informal watercolors supplies comical visual flourishes for the silly wordplay. Look for ready guffaws from young audiences, whether read or sung, though those attuned to disability stereotypes may find themselves wincing instead or as well.

Hee haw. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: May 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-545-26124-1

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Dec. 29, 2018

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