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Silly playfulness perfect for both children and their grown-ups.

Different animals leave their marks on this lift-the-flap board book.

Each page starts with an inquiry (“Who bit my book?” “Who crumpled up my book?”). The accompanying flap covers most of the animal, showing only a peek at a body part such as a tail or an arm and the damage they’ve done to the book (a chomp, for example). A lift of the flap reveals the full animal: The cat has scratched the book, the snail has “slobbered” on it, and the mouse has nibbled it. This pattern offers little readers a chance to guess which creature is responsible for making mischief. Kids will surely giggle at the scatological messes that two animals make. Some critters leave behind jagged cutouts, giving the book a cheeky, realistic touch that’s sure to delight little ones and keep them coming back for repeat reads. And by the story’s end, a snake appears to have swallowed the book whole—an amusing and appropriate conclusion. The illustrations are simple, featuring the animals and, in some cases, their pawprints against white space. The art makes effective use of textures; tiny dots and lines give the monkey soft fur, while the snail has an attractive, patterned shell. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

Silly playfulness perfect for both children and their grown-ups. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Dec. 6, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-66265-135-9

Page Count: 16

Publisher: minedition

Review Posted Online: July 26, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2022

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From the All About Rosa series

An effervescent celebration of play in the early years.

As with Spanyol’s stellar Clive books, Rosa’s favorite activities buck gender stereotypes.

The toddler races toy cars, jumps monster trucks, and builds a car out of a cardboard box with her buddies in what looks like a day care or preschool setting. Spanyol’s childlike lines, soft palette, and chunky figures are as cheerful as ever. The text is mostly straightforward, simple narration peppered with exclamations from Rosa and her chums: “Rosa and Marcel play in the sandpit. ‘Dig-a-dig, dig-a-dig, scoop!’ sings Rosa.” Rosa has brown skin and black, curly hair, and she wears bright yellow eyeglasses. Her friends include Samira, who uses a wheelchair and is likely of South Asian descent; Mustafa, who appears black; Biba, who has light-brown skin and straight, black hair; and Sarah and Marcel, who both present white. Three other equally charming titles accompany this offering. In Rosa and Her Dinosaurs, the heroine dons a purple dress and plays with a collection of toy dinosaurs. Rosa and her buds (all wearing helmets) roll through the pages of Rosa Rides Her Scooter. And in Rosa Plays Ball, Rosa pushes a cart with various kinds of balls to toss about with her friends outside.

An effervescent celebration of play in the early years. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-78628-125-8

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Child's Play

Review Posted Online: Dec. 4, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2019

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A fun but inessential novelty, as much toy as book.

A familiar song repackaged as a board book doubles as a finger puppet.

Many a caregiver has sung this refrain to a newborn or toddler, ignoring the decidedly sad lyrics of the original. Magsamen lays claim and sweetens it up. She uses only the chorus and changes the last line to “I’ll give you lots of hugs… / and kisses every day” instead of the expected “Please don’t take my sunshine away.” Her cheery artwork, reminiscent of applique, recalls the song’s country-music roots and is anything but sad. The pages are decorated with hearts and cuddly-looking caregiver-child animal pairs—foxes, skunks with sunny yellow umbrellas, bunnies, raccoons, and squirrels. The thick, heart-shaped pages include a circular die-cut hole through which readers might poke the smiling felt sun puppet attached to the back cover. A finger inserted from the back makes the sun wiggle and will capture even the youngest baby’s attention. The puppet feature does not obstruct the initial page turns, but when a toddler says, “Do it again” (as they doubtless will), quickly re-positioning the finger puppet is somewhat challenging.

A fun but inessential novelty, as much toy as book. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)

Pub Date: Dec. 26, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-338-30576-0

Page Count: 6

Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Nov. 11, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2019

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