Paper at play, designed to appeal as much to touch as to the eye. Both toddlers and budding paper artists may be drawn in.

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BLACK PLUS

A CUT-PAPER BOOK

Lifting a flap brings bright color and visual surprises to plain silhouettes in this wordless outing from a Belgian paper artist.

Pasted onto stiff boards, five very simply shaped black animals and a heart at the end each sport a flap, large or small, beneath which smaller circles or other shapes are likewise pasted in to create either a face or an abstract play of shapes and colors. One of the dots on a butterfly’s underwings turns out upon close inspection to be a ladybug, a black dog (or crocodile?) seems to be eating a green one or vice versa, depending on which side of the flap is visible, and one rather ambiguously formed creature is transformed with a flip from an ominous monster to a grinning frog. In the co-published White Plus, Tamarkin explores diverse 3-D effects with cut slots and folds in plain white stock that reveal glimpses of vivid color beneath when the spread opens. Here the shapes are all geometric, ranging from a spread of circles that can be slid back and forth to squash folds and rows of reverse folded rectangles.

Paper at play, designed to appeal as much to touch as to the eye. Both toddlers and budding paper artists may be drawn in. (Pop-up picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 1, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-909142-00-8

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Tango Books

Review Posted Online: May 12, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2015

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Out of all the titles in the series, Goldilocks’ adventures are the most cogent and age-appropriate.

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS

From the Les Petit Fairytales series

The flaxen-haired tyke makes her infamous visit to the bears’ house in this simplified adaptation.

The classic story is told with minimal text, one or two words per double-page spread. Goldilocks uses speech bubbles to describe the porridge, chairs and beds (“Too hot. / Too cold. / Just right”). The bears look bemused when they find the girl snoozing in Baby Bear’s bed, and they offer an amicable and winsome goodbye when she dashes off. The richly colored cartoons, likely created with the aid of a computer, present friendly-looking characters with oversize heads. The companion release is a stripped-down version of “Little Red Riding Hood” following the same format and style, right down to the sparkly heroine’s outfit and glittery letters employed on the cover. Youngsters unfamiliar with the story may need adult help to understand that the friendly, cross-dressing wolf has actually swallowed Grandma, since all the readers see is a “Woodsman” examining the wolf’s teeth and then sending the predator away in shame.

Out of all the titles in the series, Goldilocks’ adventures are the most cogent and age-appropriate. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Feb. 25, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-8050-9912-6

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2014

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Sure to invite cries of “Again!” (Picture book. 2-4)

QUIET!

From the Child's Play Library series

This picture book’s title belies its gently noisy contents.

The first-person text follows a child with light-brown skin and a mop of dark curly hair who takes readers throughout the family home and listens to all of the sounds therein. Neither text nor art provides a definite gender designation for the toddler, though a father and baby brother who share the same hair color and texture are identified as male. Race is similarly left ambiguous, with skin tones varying from page to page and no clear statement to specify race or ethnicity in the text. What is clear is that this child is comfortable and secure in Dad’s loving care and with the gentle companionship of a pet dog and cat in addition to the baby brother. Brightly colored interior scenes, together with occasional spreads with a minimal background that set objects and characters against the white of the page, invite readers to observe the many objects throughout the comfortable, spacious home, which are accompanied by sound effects. “Drip” goes a faucet, “Tingaling” rings a cat toy, “La La La La” sings Dad in a lullaby. And at book’s end, the titular quiet descends as the child drifts off to sleep. Throughout, appealing illustrations work with conversational, onomatopoeic text to engage readers in the tradition of historical “here and now” picture books.

Sure to invite cries of “Again!” (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-84643-887-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Child's Play

Review Posted Online: April 17, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2017

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