GIGGLE! by Caroline Jayne Church


Age Range: 1 - 3
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Complete with laugh track, a bevy of toddlers enjoys playing together.

Readers can press a button, accessible on every page through a die-cut hole in the book, to hear a baby’s giggle that comes from a sound recording embedded in the book. In pastel colors, each single- or double-page spread shows cherubs hugging, smiling and moving in sketched cartoons against gently mottled backgrounds. While the kids appear to be of a variety of ethnicities, their skin tones are remarkably similar. Each scene is met with one or two lines of verse that start off playfully (“Laugh out loud or just giggle! / Feel a tickle in your middle!”), but the second-person point of view grows confusing; are adult readers speaking to their little ones via the text, or are the toddler characters speaking to one another? Since the battery pack for the sound mechanism takes up half of the available pages of the book, there are only really six scenes in the entire package.

Little ones will enjoy pressing the button, driving adults in earshot crazy in the process, but after the battery wears out, this title will likely be a shelf-sitter. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-545-35082-2
Page count: 10pp
Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2014


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