Youngsters of the human, as well as lapine and vulpine, variety will enjoy this nighttime treat.

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EVERYBUNNY DREAM!

A bevy of bunnies blissfully bounces into bedtime business.

Defying the usual scenario in books of this type, little ones cheerfully prepare for slumber without complaint or hint of duplicitous delay. When called inside from playtime by their mom, the chubby bunnies obediently hop to necessary nighttime routines: donning pajamas; washing; brushing teeth; and, naturally, cleaning paws, combing tails, and trimming claws. Then it’s time for hugs before settling down. But what’s this? A “bushy, orange tail” reveals a sleepytime stowaway. Why, it’s a giggly fox, adorned in “bunny ears and bunny socks.” And there’s more—a whole family of pj’s–clad fox cubs waits with their mom outside the warren. An invitation to join a charming, interspecies bedtime-story session ensues, with the mother rabbit doing the reading honors. Afterward, each mother tucks in with her respective adorable brood, and off to dreamland all go. This cute British import, narrated in lilting verse, should usher readers/listeners to a happy, stress-free sleep. Emphatic expressions (“EVERYBUNNY IN!”; “EVERYBUNNY WASH!”; “A FOX!”) are dramatically incorporated into the artwork on two-page spreads set in faux-handwritten all-caps. The expressive, child-appealing illustrations propel the action well, and the foxes are supremely unthreatening. Endpapers capture snoozing families.

Youngsters of the human, as well as lapine and vulpine, variety will enjoy this nighttime treat. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Feb. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5344-4004-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: McElderry

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2018

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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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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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