Lots of love for librarians in these 22 pages—and plenty for toddlers to love, too.

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I'M A LIBRARIAN

From the Tinyville Town series

The Tinyville Town series continues with a day in the life of Kevin the librarian.

In first-person narration, Kevin, who is white, states “I’m very good at answering questions,” as the sleeping form on the other side of the bed, slightly darker of skin, asks the first question of the morning via speech bubble: “What time is it?” During the morning commute, the Q-and-A continues as Kevin gives the various residents of Tinyville directions and bus information. While he’s on duty at the library information desk, Owen, a young brown-skinned patron, asks for books about elephants, but they are not on the shelf. Kevin and the youngster search the building until they finally find another library user sitting at a table enjoying the titles on pachyderms. Biggs’ pleasingly chunky cartoons, rendered with thick black lines and in bright hues against a white background, continue to be the star of this growing series. While this librarian’s job duties may be a little stereotypical and traditional (Kevin does little beyond reference work and shelving), Biggs has boiled down the librarian job description to the activities a toddler can relate to. Kevin ends the day reading in bed with the same companion, whose profile subtly hints that this librarian may be in a same-sex relationship.

Lots of love for librarians in these 22 pages—and plenty for toddlers to love, too. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: March 7, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4197-2322-3

Page Count: 22

Publisher: abramsappleseed

Review Posted Online: May 24, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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The joys of counting combine with pretty art and homage to Goodnight Moon.

GOODNIGHT, NUMBERS

This bedtime book offers simple rhymes, celebrates the numbers one through 10, and encourages the counting of objects.

Each double-page spread shows a different toddler-and-caregiver pair, with careful attention to different skin tones, hair types, genders, and eye shapes. The pastel palette and soft, rounded contours of people and things add to the sleepy litany of the poems, beginning with “Goodnight, one fork. / Goodnight, one spoon. / Goodnight, one bowl. / I’ll see you soon.” With each number comes a different part in a toddler’s evening routine, including dinner, putting away toys, bathtime, and a bedtime story. The white backgrounds of the pages help to emphasize the bold representations of the numbers in both written and numerical forms. Each spread gives multiple opportunities to practice counting to its particular number; for example, the page for “four” includes four bottles of shampoo and four inlaid dots on a stool—beyond the four objects mentioned in the accompanying rhyme. Each home’s décor, and the array and types of toys and accoutrements within, shows a decidedly upscale, Western milieu. This seems compatible with the patronizing author’s note to adults, which accuses “the media” of indoctrinating children with fear of math “in our country.” Regardless, this sweet treatment of numbers and counting may be good prophylaxis against math phobia.

The joys of counting combine with pretty art and homage to Goodnight Moon. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: March 7, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-101-93378-7

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: Dec. 6, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2016

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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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