PENGUIN ON A SCOOTER by Caspar Babypants
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Age Range: 0 - 5
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A delightful blend of playful rhymes, silly scenarios, and whimsical artwork.

This funny, lovely board book should become a favorite of kids and caregivers alike; it strikes just the right note of charm and absurdity and never talks down to its audience. Each page offers a rhymed couplet presenting adorable animals in cute and usually preposterous situations: “Nothing is cuter than a penguin on a scooter. / Nothing is sweeter than a tiny chirping tweeter. // Nothing is as lucky as a gold egg-laying ducky. / Nothing is as nice as thank-you notes from mice”; and so on. The smooth meter and flow of the verse shouldn’t surprise; in another life, author Babypants fronted the frequently silly alternative rock band the Presidents of the United States of America. He now makes children’s music; the titular song will be available as a free download from his website. Illustrator Endle’s bright, bold blend of drawing and collage brings each ridiculous couplet perfectly to life in a parade that includes a “disco-dancing filly,” “elegant” chimpanzees, a “dapper, dressy pheasant,” and more. The book is rich in vocabulary, loaded with visual appeal, and peopled with animals brimming over with zest and personality. One near rhyme and a couple of lines with almost-too-many syllables pleasingly challenge children’s sense of the poetic.

Full of fun, love, and laughter; a gem! (Board book. 6 mos.-5)

Pub Date: March 13th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-63217-130-6
Page count: 20pp
Publisher: Little Bigfoot/Sasquatch
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2018


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