Quietly alluring and visually peaceful.

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BOOM SNOT TWITTY THIS WAY THAT WAY

A bear, a bird, and a snail differ on plans for an outing.

“Boom, Snot, and Twitty hit the trail early to find the perfect spot to spend the day,” opens the text, as a hilarious illustration shows the three inadvertently setting out in three different directions. As before (Boom, Snot, Twitty, 2014), staying together is a given, but this time, two have concrete goals. Boom, the bear, wants to go to the beach; as he imagines it, the illustrations shift from figures and shadows in ample white space to a full-bleed, double-page spread of Boom happily at the seaside, digging in sand. Twitty, a bird, longs for the mountains; her similarly formatted vision shows her standing atop a peak, gazing at others through binoculars. Snot, a snail, wants a group picnic. She asks the others which activities at their dream locations they care about most. The dispute continues until Boom and Twitty notice that Snot has silently departed. As they follow a trail of blueberries she’s left them, readers see that Snot, ever wise, has found a route and destination that braids everyone’s desires together. Liwska’s soft palette, crosshatched lines, and fine touch with posture and emotion render her scenes and characters both gentle and unique—and what’s better than a bird in hiking boots?

Quietly alluring and visually peaceful. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: June 30, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-670-78577-3

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: March 11, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2015

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Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles.

THE DINKY DONKEY

Even more alliterative hanky-panky from the creators of The Wonky Donkey (2010).

Operating on the principle (valid, here) that anything worth doing is worth overdoing, Smith and Cowley give their wildly popular Wonky Donkey a daughter—who, being “cute and small,” was a “dinky donkey”; having “beautiful long eyelashes” she was in consequence a “blinky dinky donkey”; and so on…and on…and on until the cumulative chorus sails past silly and ludicrous to irresistibly hysterical: “She was a stinky funky plinky-plonky winky-tinky,” etc. The repeating “Hee Haw!” chorus hardly suggests what any audience’s escalating response will be. In the illustrations the daughter sports her parent’s big, shiny eyes and winsome grin while posing in a multicolored mohawk next to a rustic boombox (“She was a punky blinky”), painting her hooves pink, crossing her rear legs to signal a need to pee (“winky-tinky inky-pinky”), demonstrating her smelliness with the help of a histrionic hummingbird, and finally cozying up to her proud, evidently single parent (there’s no sign of another) for a closing cuddle.

Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-60083-4

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2019

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Daddy-and-child dog lovers can try some of these canine ways of expressing affection.

DADDIES ARE AWESOME

Puppies celebrate the many ways their dads are awesome.

“Daddies are playful. / They swing you around. // You ride on their shoulders / or hang upside down.” The first spread pictures a scruffy pup, mouth clamped on its dad’s tail, hanging. The second features a long dachshund, his four pups using the large expanse of his back as a jungle gym or resting spot. The husky dad is labeled as daring, brave, and strong, while the hound takes his pup on adventures (digging and hiding under a bush). Other dog dads give kisses and tickles, tell bedtime stories and help count sheep (a stuffed toy), and help their pups grow (challenging them with stairs and carrying them when the going gets tough). Lovšin creatively interprets some of the text that applies well to kids but not so well to canines: dad and pup at each end of a long stick held in their mouths is the dog equivalent of holding hands. Though many dog breeds will be familiar, some are just mutts, though all are shown caring for and enjoying the company of their offspring. White backgrounds keep the focus on the dogs.

Daddy-and-child dog lovers can try some of these canine ways of expressing affection. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: May 17, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-62779-452-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: March 16, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2016

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