Flutterby Butterfly’s mild mystery makes for good, interactive fun

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FLUTTERBY BUTTERFLY

This interactive board book is actually sturdy enough for young children to manipulate.

Little fingers will find the sliders on each page are easy to move up and down or side to side to reveal the answer to a simple mystery: “Where is Flutterby Butterfly?” Die-cut sliders reveal a tortoise, a snail, a scarecrow, and more before readers find the title character on the final page. The cheerful 1960s mod art–style illustrations line up nicely with the interactive elements on both the front and back of each page, doubling the fun. The picture on each page hints at the critter that will be revealed by the slide. Descriptive vocabulary introduces new words while relying on the illustrations to define the words through context. Companion title Hoppity Frog follows the same format but is marred by biome confusion. The question “Is he in the coral?” presents a saltwater environment while the rest of the book is set in freshwater habitats, where the vast majority of frog species reside. While this probably does not matter to the board-book audience, it should to parents, teachers, and librarians concerned with presenting their young charges with scientific accuracy. Respect the child: accuracy trumps cuteness.

Flutterby Butterfly’s mild mystery makes for good, interactive fun . (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: April 21, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4998-0029-6

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Little Bee

Review Posted Online: May 18, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2015

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A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character.

SPOOKY POOKIE

One of Boynton's signature characters celebrates Halloween.

It's Halloween time, and Pookie the pig is delighted. Mom helps the little porker pick out the perfect Halloween costume, a process that spans the entire board book. Using an abcb rhyme scheme, Boynton dresses Pookie in a series of cheerful costumes, including a dragon, a bunny, and even a caped superhero. Pookie eventually settles on the holiday classic, a ghost, by way of a bedsheet. Boynton sprinkles in amusing asides to her stanzas as Pookie offers costume commentary ("It's itchy"; "It's hot"; "I feel silly"). Little readers will enjoy the notion of transforming themselves with their own Halloween costumes while reading this book, and a few parents may get some ideas as well. Boynton's clean, sharp illustrations are as good as ever. This is Pookie's first holiday title, but readers will surely welcome more.

A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: July 7, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-553-51233-5

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Robin Corey/Random

Review Posted Online: July 27, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

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This brisk read is a solid accompaniment to Easter preparations.

THIS LITTLE BUNNY

Little bunnies prepare for the definitive bunny holiday.

Bunnies prepare for Easter in this board book. In verse set to the cadence of “This Little Piggy,” bunnies go to market, bake a cake, paint eggs, weave a basket, and do all sorts of other things to get ready for Easter. Rescek’s illustrations take full advantage of spring’s color palette, employing purples, pinks, oranges, and blues and incorporating striped and spotted ovals evoking Easter eggs. Little readers learning about the Easter Bunny for the first time will be delighted to get a peek at the process bunnies may go through to prepare for Easter and how it mirrors activities they perform with their parents.

This brisk read is a solid accompaniment to Easter preparations. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4998-0105-7

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Little Bee

Review Posted Online: April 13, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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