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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Likely to be popular with young Pete the Cat fans and parents seeking a gentle introduction to preschool.

PETE THE KITTY'S FIRST DAY OF PRESCHOOL

From the Pete the Cat series

The popular character enjoys storytime, painting, and a snack on the very first day of preschool.

The younger incarnation of Pete the Cat packs his backpack that he picked out from the store himself, gets a snack from his mom, and rides the school bus with his big brother, Bob (who isn’t much bigger than Pete, sizewise). At school, Pete meets his stylish teacher, Mrs. Lopez, and fellow feline classmates while keeping his signature cool. The day ends with Pete declaring: “Preschool is awesome! Pete loves everything!” James Dean’s big-eyed cats populate the simply drawn scenes that look as though they were painted in preschool-esque fashion with thick swaths of tempera. At a couple of moments (when he eats his banana and declares it tasty and when he sings along) his customarily expressionless face actually breaks into a smile. Kimberly Dean’s text is uninspired, but it’s in sync with the upbeat tone of the series. Pete’s preschool experience, while not particularly realistic, is a highly positive one; refreshingly, there is no trace of the separation anxiety or anxiousness found in many first-day-of-school books.

Likely to be popular with young Pete the Cat fans and parents seeking a gentle introduction to preschool. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: June 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-06243582-8

Page Count: 24

Publisher: HarperFestival

Review Posted Online: July 24, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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