Enjoyable even for the uninitiated.

SNOW DAY FOR GROOT!

Groot and Rocket tour a snowy Big Apple.

“It’s time to relax once / the battle is done. / A SNOW DAY FOR GROOT / ensures wintery fun!” A kid-sized Groot and his best buddy, Rocket Raccoon, have the Guardians of the Galaxy drop them off on Earth during the first snow of the year in New York City. A scarf-clad Spider-Man takes the duo on a tour of the city’s sights: the New York Public Library, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, etc. They also go sledding and ride the subway, all with various members of the Marvel Universe looking on or participating in the snow-day activities. But little Rocket rather abruptly feels ignored by Spidey and Groot until Groot notices and changes his three-word catchphrase to “We are Groot…?” Then all is well, and the day ends with skating at Rockefeller Center and some tree trimming. Deneen and Atkinson reteam for this third rhyming Groot episode. Heroes and villains, both well known and obscure, wave from the sidelines or participate in the snowy fun, all conveyed in bright, dynamic cartoon illustrations with occasional dialogue bubbles. Eagle-eyed mini Marvel mavens can hunt for Ant-Man and the Wasp in nearly every illustration.

Enjoyable even for the uninitiated. (Picture book. 2-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 8, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-368-00070-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Marvel Press

Review Posted Online: May 3, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2020

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While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis’ The Twelve Days of...

ON THE FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN

Rabe follows a young girl through her first 12 days of kindergarten in this book based on the familiar Christmas carol.

The typical firsts of school are here: riding the bus, making friends, sliding on the playground slide, counting, sorting shapes, laughing at lunch, painting, singing, reading, running, jumping rope, and going on a field trip. While the days are given ordinal numbers, the song skips the cardinal numbers in the verses, and the rhythm is sometimes off: “On the second day of kindergarten / I thought it was so cool / making lots of friends / and riding the bus to my school!” The narrator is a white brunette who wears either a tunic or a dress each day, making her pretty easy to differentiate from her classmates, a nice mix in terms of race; two students even sport glasses. The children in the ink, paint, and collage digital spreads show a variety of emotions, but most are happy to be at school, and the surroundings will be familiar to those who have made an orientation visit to their own schools.

While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis’ The Twelve Days of Kindergarten (2003), it basically gets the job done. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: June 21, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-06-234834-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 4, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2016

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A good choice for caregivers looking for a positive, uncomplicated introduction to a new baby that focuses on everything an...

I AM A BIG BROTHER

A little boy exults in his new role as big brother.

Rhyming text describes the arrival of a new baby and all of the big brother’s rewarding new duties. He gets to help with feedings, diaper changes, playtime, bathtime, and naptime. Though the rhyming couplets can sometimes feel a bit forced and awkward, the sentiment is sweet, as the focus here never veers from the excitement and love a little boy feels for his tiny new sibling. The charming, uncluttered illustrations convincingly depict the growing bond between this fair-skinned, rosy-cheeked, smiling pair of boys. In the final pages, the parents, heretofore kept mostly out of view, are pictured holding the children. The accompanying text reads: “Mommy, Daddy, baby, me. / We love each other—a family!” In companion volume I Am a Big Sister, the little boy is replaced with a little girl with bows in her hair. Some of the colors and patterns in the illustrations are slightly altered, but it is essentially the same title.

A good choice for caregivers looking for a positive, uncomplicated introduction to a new baby that focuses on everything an older sibling can do to help. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Jan. 27, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-545-68886-4

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: March 17, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2015

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