Mythic and magically charming.


The creators of Alien Baby! and Bigfoot Baby! (both 2020) return.

Yeti Baby is another cryptid, a creature that may or may not exist beyond folklore. The yeti is also known as the Abominable Snowman, and while Yeti Baby is cute and not at all abominable, the hairy hominid is definitely at home in a snowy, wintry landscape. As in the previous books, a question is posed on the verso of each double-page spread and then answered by opening a thick, durable, and easily operated flap on the facing page. “Who’s tromping through a chilly snowstorm?” When the flap with the image of a snowman is folded down, readers see: “It’s Yeti Baby, bundled up warm.” With snowy scenes, “gumdrop elves on candy cane skis,” a toymaker with a white beard and an elf assistant, and mistletoe, among other cues, this book is both a great winter read and a cute Christmas book. Similarly, companion title Pumpkin Baby! is ideal autumn reading, an only slightly spooky romp through a mildly creepy Halloween night. The artwork in both is eye-catching, with Pumpkin Baby!’s chilly fall colors, skeletons, bats, and jack-o-lanterns especially effective and surreal. Each baby encounters engaging supporting characters—elves and Arctic animals, or friendly witches and black cats, for example—and each book ends with its protagonist tucked safely and snugly in bed.

Mythic and magically charming. (Board book. 1-4)

Pub Date: Sept. 8, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-948931-12-0

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Hazy Dell Press

Review Posted Online: Sept. 29, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2020

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Little Blue Truck keeps on truckin’—but not without some backfires.


Little Blue Truck feels, well, blue when he delivers valentine after valentine but receives nary a one.

His bed overflowing with cards, Blue sets out to deliver a yellow card with purple polka dots and a shiny purple heart to Hen, one with a shiny fuchsia heart to Pig, a big, shiny, red heart-shaped card to Horse, and so on. With each delivery there is an exchange of Beeps from Blue and the appropriate animal sounds from his friends, Blue’s Beeps always set in blue and the animal’s vocalization in a color that matches the card it receives. But as Blue heads home, his deliveries complete, his headlight eyes are sad and his front bumper droops ever so slightly. Blue is therefore surprised (but readers may not be) when he pulls into his garage to be greeted by all his friends with a shiny blue valentine just for him. In this, Blue’s seventh outing, it’s not just the sturdy protagonist that seems to be wilting. Schertle’s verse, usually reliable, stumbles more than once; stanzas such as “But Valentine’s Day / didn’t seem much fun / when he didn’t get cards / from anyone” will cause hitches during read-alouds. The illustrations, done by Joseph in the style of original series collaborator Jill McElmurry, are pleasant enough, but his compositions often feel stiff and forced.

Little Blue Truck keeps on truckin’—but not without some backfires. (Board book. 1-4)

Pub Date: Dec. 8, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-358-27244-1

Page Count: 20

Publisher: HMH Books

Review Posted Online: Jan. 19, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2021

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Beloved Little Blue takes a bit of the mystery—and fear—out of Halloween costumes.


A lift-the-flap book gives the littlest trick-or-treaters some practice identifying partygoers under their costumes.

Little Blue Truck and his buddy Toad are off to a party, and they invite readers (and a black cat) along for the ride: “ ‘Beep! Beep! Beep!’ / says Little Blue. / ‘It’s Halloween!’ / You come, too.” As they drive, they are surprised (and joined) by many of their friends in costume. “Who’s that in a tutu / striking a pose / up on the tiniest / tips of her toes? / Under the mask / who do you see?” Lifting the flap unmasks a friend: “ ‘Quack!’ says the duck. / ‘It’s me! It’s me!’ ” The sheep is disguised as a clown, the cow’s a queen, the pig’s a witch, the hen and her chick are pirates, and the horse is a dragon. Not to be left out, Little Blue has a costume, too. The flaps are large and sturdy, and enough of the animals’ characteristic features are visible under and around the costumes that little ones will be able to make successful guesses even on the first reading. Lovely curvy shapes and autumn colors fade to dusky blues as night falls, and children are sure to notice the traditional elements of a Halloween party: apple bobbing, lit jack-o’-lanterns, and punch and treats.

Beloved Little Blue takes a bit of the mystery—and fear—out of Halloween costumes. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-544-77253-3

Page Count: 16

Publisher: HMH Books

Review Posted Online: July 20, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2016

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