A quirky seek-and-find adventure with a familiar cat-versus-dog rivalry.

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CATCH ME

A SEEK-AND-FIND BOOK

A color-changing dog and cat chase each other through this double-sided, seek-and-find book.

Little Woof, a spotted dog, and Big Meow, a long-necked cat, are on the hunt for each other. They both change color to blend in with their surroundings as they run through 11 scenes. Follow the pages from left to right to catch Big Meow or from right to left to catch Little Woof. Each direction includes a spread introducing the characters before the chase begins. The seek-and-find pages are wordless except for a sign with the katakana for “Neko Sakura” (“cat” and “cherry blossom” in Japanese) in a cafe scene with a pink background, blossoming cherry trees, and lots and lots of cats. Since Arhoj’s (Find Me: A Hide-and-Seek Book, 2017) bright, digital illustrations saturate a full spread, the gutter distorts some of the images. Some of the backgrounds are lighthearted, such as a carnival in the clouds or an animal spa, but others have an edgier quality, perhaps most particularly a scene of an alley inhabited by glowing-eyed shadow creatures and a centipede-legged dachshund wiggling out of a garbage can. The changes in color add another level of engagement and challenge to the game. While the text only prompts readers to find the same two characters throughout the book, every scene is a wonderland to explore, with eye-catching creatures immersed in surprising activities.

A quirky seek-and-find adventure with a familiar cat-versus-dog rivalry. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: March 12, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-4521-6649-0

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Chronicle

Review Posted Online: Jan. 15, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2019

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Daddy-and-child dog lovers can try some of these canine ways of expressing affection.

DADDIES ARE AWESOME

Puppies celebrate the many ways their dads are awesome.

“Daddies are playful. / They swing you around. // You ride on their shoulders / or hang upside down.” The first spread pictures a scruffy pup, mouth clamped on its dad’s tail, hanging. The second features a long dachshund, his four pups using the large expanse of his back as a jungle gym or resting spot. The husky dad is labeled as daring, brave, and strong, while the hound takes his pup on adventures (digging and hiding under a bush). Other dog dads give kisses and tickles, tell bedtime stories and help count sheep (a stuffed toy), and help their pups grow (challenging them with stairs and carrying them when the going gets tough). Lovšin creatively interprets some of the text that applies well to kids but not so well to canines: dad and pup at each end of a long stick held in their mouths is the dog equivalent of holding hands. Though many dog breeds will be familiar, some are just mutts, though all are shown caring for and enjoying the company of their offspring. White backgrounds keep the focus on the dogs.

Daddy-and-child dog lovers can try some of these canine ways of expressing affection. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: May 17, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-62779-452-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: March 16, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2016

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Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles.

THE DINKY DONKEY

Even more alliterative hanky-panky from the creators of The Wonky Donkey (2010).

Operating on the principle (valid, here) that anything worth doing is worth overdoing, Smith and Cowley give their wildly popular Wonky Donkey a daughter—who, being “cute and small,” was a “dinky donkey”; having “beautiful long eyelashes” she was in consequence a “blinky dinky donkey”; and so on…and on…and on until the cumulative chorus sails past silly and ludicrous to irresistibly hysterical: “She was a stinky funky plinky-plonky winky-tinky,” etc. The repeating “Hee Haw!” chorus hardly suggests what any audience’s escalating response will be. In the illustrations the daughter sports her parent’s big, shiny eyes and winsome grin while posing in a multicolored mohawk next to a rustic boombox (“She was a punky blinky”), painting her hooves pink, crossing her rear legs to signal a need to pee (“winky-tinky inky-pinky”), demonstrating her smelliness with the help of a histrionic hummingbird, and finally cozying up to her proud, evidently single parent (there’s no sign of another) for a closing cuddle.

Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-60083-4

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2019

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