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)