This simple primer on the lizards that once roamed the Earth should inspire plenty of further explorations of the fossil...

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BABY DINOSAUR

Touchable textures, eye-catching foil and glitter, and the titular, winsome baby beasts highlight this introduction for toddlers to these fascinating lizards of yore.

From its thick, cushioned cover through its firm, final pages, this seemingly indestructible volume introduces seven species of dinosaurs, with a few basic facts and the correct pronunciation of each name. A “mommy” Saltasaurus has a long, leathery neck; her chirping offspring hatches from an egg. Children can feel the bumps on Edmontonia’s back and count the toes via his footprints: “His front feet have more toes.” Tyrannosaurus rex walks on two hind legs and eats meat, while baby Diplodocus, shown munching on ferns, is a confirmed vegetarian. Other dinosaurs are simply shown being babies. Triceratops hides in bushes and plays peekaboo, Styracosaurus is alert and playful, and Stegosaurus has fallen peacefully asleep on the last page. The hope, no doubt, is that pint-sized paleontologists reading this book will soon follow suit. Each dinosaur is computer-rendered but loaded with personality. Illustrations are presented on bright, monochromatic backgrounds; each white page is paired with a bright blue, red, yellow, pink, or purple one. Every page includes a textured feature to keep little fingers engaged and busy: leathery skin, gravelly footprints, embossed bumpy hides, or debossed horns or stripes, to name a few.

This simple primer on the lizards that once roamed the Earth should inspire plenty of further explorations of the fossil record. (Board book. 1-5)

Pub Date: May 8, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-4654-6841-3

Page Count: 14

Publisher: DK Publishing

Review Posted Online: May 23, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2018

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Youngsters will enjoy the playful art if they aren’t overwhelmed by the busy design.

MRS. PEANUCKLE'S BUG ALPHABET

From the Mrs. Peanuckle's Alphabet Library series , Vol. 4

From Ant to Zorapteran, each page presents a variety of insects, both commonplace and obscure.

Narrator Mrs. Peanuckle, who enjoys sharing her likes and dislikes and writing about herself in the third person, has penned one to two sentences of quirky description and interesting facts for each insect representing a different letter of the alphabet: “L is for Ladybug / The loveliest of insects. They help Mrs. Peanuckle by eating the bugs on her roses!” The text often takes up most of the page and employs a different typeface per word, thus making the pages difficult to scan—often the featured letter of the alphabet merges with the name of the insect (“Inchworm” looks as though it has two I’s, for example). Ford’s lively insects skitter around the words in luminescent color; as with any effective insect book, there’s just enough detail to provoke interest without an ick-response. The companion book, Mrs. Peanuckle’s Flower Alphabet, presents blooms from Aster to Zinnia, with the same formula but with a more winsome approach to the art; here many of the flowers sport smiling faces in the same bold color palette.

Youngsters will enjoy the playful art if they aren’t overwhelmed by the busy design. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Feb. 27, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-62336-939-2

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Rodale Kids

Review Posted Online: March 18, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2018

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Useful for toddling birders in need of board books about colors.

BABY'S FIRST BOOK OF BIRDS & COLORS

Gorgeous birds amid foliage of similar hues introduce eight basic colors.

The two birds presented on each spread not only are of similar coloration, but also live in the same North American habitat. A scarlet tanager and a cardinal, both male, perch in a red maple tree; a male Eastern bluebird and a blue jay appear with morning glories and blueberries. The name of each color is printed in large font, while the name of each bird is in a much smaller one. Whether the bird shown is male or female, or if the male and female have similar coloring, is also indicated. The names of the trees they perch upon are identified in a note on the back cover. These details will be lost on most toddlers, but caregivers will appreciate being able to answer questions knowledgeably. Colors featured are from the standard box of crayons, except that pink is substituted for purple. Black and white share a spread. The cover image, of a cardinal, goldfinch, and bluebird in a birdbath, is not nearly as inviting as the images within. The final spread shows children (one white, one black, one Asian) assembling a puzzle that includes the same birds. This may serve as a reprise but will probably be skipped over. Bird-loving readers will probably feel that the space could have been put to better use by giving white birds their own page or adding a purple martin.

Useful for toddling birders in need of board books about colors. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: May 2, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-58089-742-6

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Charlesbridge

Review Posted Online: April 17, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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