Here’s a book that will find its way into readers’ hearts.

WHERE'S MY TURTLE?

Poor Archer can’t find his pet turtle!

Endpapers show toys, books, and other odds and ends, hinting at the protagonist’s disorganized ways. A title-page illustration then depicts these same items strewn on the floor like a path that leads to an open terrarium. The titular turtle is seen in the act of crawling out of the tank, which may leave readers wondering why there’s no lid. A child appears on the dedication page, looking for something, and the turtle isn’t visible. The text begins on the next spread with the statement that “Archer lost things,” so apparently having his pet turtle, Kevin, go missing isn’t an uncommon occurrence in his life. Luckily, his patient, tidy mom is there to encourage him and help him find his beloved pet. As he searches indoors and out for Kevin, Archer follows his mother’s sage advice that there’s “a place for everything, and everything in its place.” He finds various and sundry lost items, then tries to think like Kevin in order to create an inviting space for the turtle to return to. Hughes’ illustrations change perspective and shift from full-room vistas to spot illustrations to support visual interest and entice readers with an I-spy sort of experience as they join Archer in his search for Kevin. Both Archer and his mom have light beige skin and brown hair.

Here’s a book that will find its way into readers’ hearts. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: April 28, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-5247-1805-3

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: Jan. 12, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2020

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Safe to creep on by.

LOVE FROM THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR

Carle’s famous caterpillar expresses its love.

In three sentences that stretch out over most of the book’s 32 pages, the (here, at least) not-so-ravenous larva first describes the object of its love, then describes how that loved one makes it feel before concluding, “That’s why… / I[heart]U.” There is little original in either visual or textual content, much of it mined from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. “You are… / …so sweet,” proclaims the caterpillar as it crawls through the hole it’s munched in a strawberry; “…the cherry on my cake,” it says as it perches on the familiar square of chocolate cake; “…the apple of my eye,” it announces as it emerges from an apple. Images familiar from other works join the smiling sun that shone down on the caterpillar as it delivers assurances that “you make… / …the sun shine brighter / …the stars sparkle,” and so on. The book is small, only 7 inches high and 5 ¾ inches across when closed—probably not coincidentally about the size of a greeting card. While generations of children have grown up with the ravenous caterpillar, this collection of Carle imagery and platitudinous sentiment has little of his classic’s charm. The melding of Carle’s caterpillar with Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE on the book’s cover, alas, draws further attention to its derivative nature.

Safe to creep on by. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Dec. 15, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-448-48932-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: Feb. 2, 2021

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A winning tale about finding new friends.

FOUND

Bear finds a wonderful toy.

Bear clearly loves the toy bunny that he has found sitting up against a tree in the forest, but he wants to help it return to its home. With a wagon full of fliers and the bunny secure in Bear’s backpack, he festoons the trees with posters and checks out a bulletin board filled with lost and found objects (some of which will bring a chuckle to adult readers). Alas, he returns home still worried about bunny. The following day, they happily play together and ride Bear’s tricycle. Into the cozy little picture steps Moose, who immediately recognizes his bunny, named Floppy. Bear has a tear in his eye as he watches Moose and Floppy hug. But Moose, wearing a tie, is clearly grown and knows that it is time to share and that Bear will take very good care of his Floppy. Yoon’s story is sweet without being sentimental. She uses digitized artwork in saturated colors to create a lovely little world for her animals. They are outlined in strong black lines and stand out against the yellows, blues, greens and oranges of the background. She also uses space to great effect, allowing readers to feel the emotional tug of the story.

A winning tale about finding new friends. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: April 1, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-8027-3559-1

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Review Posted Online: Feb. 19, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2014

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