There will never be a magic book that puts every child to sleep, but this hushed cadence is certain to soothe.

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SOMEONE'S SLEEPY

A quiet rhyme follows a little girl through her nighttime routine.

The yawns begin on the very first page and are contagious. A little girl, her puppy, a toy and even the picture on the wall all have their mouths stretched wide open: “Stardust sky and silver moon / Someone’s sleepy / Bedtime soon.” She takes a bath, puts on her pajamas, brushes her teeth and gets tucked in tight. The lulling text highlights different parts of the body, prompting parents to gently touch each part (maybe even with a kiss) during sweet bedtime read-alouds. “Sleepy shoulders / Sleepy knees / Sleepy through-the-window breeze. // Sleepy teeth and sleepy lips / Sleepy toes and fingertips.” Warm jewel tones and cozy crosshatching, along with heavy lids and those oh-so-realistic yawns, give Andreasen’s illustrations a comfort just right for bedtime.

There will never be a magic book that puts every child to sleep, but this hushed cadence is certain to soothe. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: May 7, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-4197-0539-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Abrams

Review Posted Online: March 13, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2013

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This may turn the dreaded morning routine into a game, and what could be more welcome than that? (Board book. 2-5)

HAVE YOU SEEN MY LUNCH BOX?

A getting-ready-for-school book for little ones who are learning their colors.

A pink-cheeked white boy is getting ready for school in the morning, but he needs readers’ help in finding something in each spread. On the verso is the spare text. “Time for school. Where are my socks?” The background of this page is pink, the same color as the socks readers are trying to spy. Black-and-white ink drawings fill the recto pages with scenes inside the boy’s house, outside his brownstone, and on the sidewalk waiting for the school bus, the item being sought the only spot of color. The boy’s family includes a dad in a shirt and tie, a little sister, and a mother with a ponytail and a skirt. The final page lists all eight items and their colors, including a crayon, a robot, a pencil case, a ball, a book, some marbles, and a lunch box. The colors include red through blue, purple, pink, and teal. Light’s illustrations are filled with lots of details—enough to make spotting each colored object something of a challenge—and adults sharing this with toddlers can easily give them more items to find, match, and count and thereby extend the fun.

This may turn the dreaded morning routine into a game, and what could be more welcome than that? (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: June 13, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-7636-9068-7

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: May 24, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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A fun and visually inviting book that encourages children to consider one more “when I grow up” possibility.

CALLING DR. ZAZA

Make room, Doc McStuffins! Another young brown-skinned physician has arrived to attend to every ailment.

Dr. Zaza, who wears a pink-and-white–checked dress and an apron with a red cross on it, looks out at readers from the cover as she checks the heartbeat of a brightly colored, variegated-patterned stuffed rabbit—one of the many stuffed patients she takes care of throughout the book. Dr. Zaza checks Rosie the koala bear’s earache, Bobby the rabbit’s heartbeat, George the giraffe’s sore throat, Pinkie the bunny’s temperature, and Mo the snake’s scratch. When Mo requires a bandage, so does everyone else. And Dr. Zaza delivers. The protagonist’s deep brown skin and afro-puff hairdo offer a mirror for many readers of color and a window for others while also emphasizing that imaginative play around STEM professions should be the purview of children from every background. And even though Dr. Zaza cares only for stuffed animals thus far, her competence and willingness to help both suggest that medicine will likely be a good fit for her. The deeply-saturated, single-color backgrounds establish a warm and inviting mood for Dr. Zaza’s work, who seems more than content to help. Companion title Celebrate with Zaza finds Zaza in a more traditionally feminine role, coordinating Rosie’s birthday party.

A fun and visually inviting book that encourages children to consider one more “when I grow up” possibility. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: May 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-60537-375-1

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Clavis

Review Posted Online: March 18, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2018

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