An inclusive and sweet tale for young readers.


Diverse families enjoy a day at a park in this picture book.

Visiting a park, a mother and her baby notice the people around them. Mommy points out that all families are unique. For example, some babies are accompanied by two moms, and others are with two dads. The pair also sees that several babies are with one parent or have brothers or sisters (or both) and that some families even include pets. The narrator explains that families have different backgrounds, too. Many speak various languages or hail from other countries. Although “families come in many different colors, shapes, and sizes,” they do have similarities. “A family loves each other!” Featuring simple language and concise sentences, Williams-Breault’s charming tale deftly celebrates diverse family structures. The book emphasizes individuality while underscoring shared traits like love, thoughtfulness, and kindness. The cheerful, uncredited illustrations have a nice hand-drawn quality, with bright colors and textured, painted backdrops. Detailed scenes span entire pages, showing people of all ages, ethnicities, skin tones, and abilities as they partake in activities such as walking pets, cavorting on the playground, feeding birds, and more. A few images emphasize aiding others, including a boy helping a girl tie her shoelaces. Some characters wear Covid-19 masks. The pictures also display whimsical touches, such as swirls and red hearts surrounding a mother as she embraces her baby.

An inclusive and sweet tale for young readers.

Pub Date: Nov. 24, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-228-83856-2

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Tellwell Talent

Review Posted Online: April 20, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2021

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This TV rerun in board-book form has nothing new to offer.


From the Peppa Pig series

Peppa hopes to join her classmates in a Halloween pumpkin competition in this adaptation of a story from the popular British television program Peppa Pig.

With the help of Granny and Grandpa Pig, Peppa turns her giant pumpkin, which is the size of a compact car, into a jack-o’-lantern. The trio is flummoxed when it comes time to transport the pumpkin to the competition, so they call on Miss Rabbit and her helicopter to airlift the pumpkin to the festivities as Peppa and her grandparents ride inside. Peppa arrives just in time for the contest and wins the prize for best flying pumpkin. The scenes look as if they are pulled directly from the television show, right down to the rectangular framing of some of the scenes. While the story is literally nothing new, the text is serviceable, describing the action in two to three sentences per page. The pumpkin-shaped book and orange foil cover will likely attract youngsters, whether they are Peppa fans or not.

This TV rerun in board-book form has nothing new to offer. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 30, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-33922-2

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Sept. 24, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2019

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Plotless and pointless, the book clearly exists only because its celebrity author wrote it.


A succession of animal dads do their best to teach their young to say “Dada” in this picture-book vehicle for Fallon.

A grumpy bull says, “DADA!”; his calf moos back. A sad-looking ram insists, “DADA!”; his lamb baas back. A duck, a bee, a dog, a rabbit, a cat, a mouse, a donkey, a pig, a frog, a rooster, and a horse all fail similarly, spread by spread. A final two-spread sequence finds all of the animals arrayed across the pages, dads on the verso and children on the recto. All the text prior to this point has been either iterations of “Dada” or animal sounds in dialogue bubbles; here, narrative text states, “Now everybody get in line, let’s say it together one more time….” Upon the turn of the page, the animal dads gaze round-eyed as their young across the gutter all cry, “DADA!” (except the duckling, who says, “quack”). Ordóñez's illustrations have a bland, digital look, compositions hardly varying with the characters, although the pastel-colored backgrounds change. The punch line fails from a design standpoint, as the sudden, single-bubble chorus of “DADA” appears to be emanating from background features rather than the baby animals’ mouths (only some of which, on close inspection, appear to be open). It also fails to be funny.

Plotless and pointless, the book clearly exists only because its celebrity author wrote it. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: June 9, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-250-00934-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Review Posted Online: April 15, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2015

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