An adequate addition to an Easter basket.

OUR EASTER ADVENTURE

Four children try to track down the Easter Bunny.

Of the four children searching the grounds of this farm, one is Black (lovely to see the Black child tenderly cuddling a lamb), one is possibly Asian, one has brown skin and brown hair, and the last is White. It’s Easter day, and the mostly rhyming (sometimes straining) text follows the children as they try to track down the Easter Bunny, who “brings chocolate every year[.] / And then hops away again—just watch him disappear!” The children don some truly remarkable Easter bonnets and then are off to find the Easter Bunny. The quartet discovers eggs along the way as they search for the elusive egg-giver over a bridge, through a forest, across a meadow, and finally behind a waterfall—where they find not only the Easter Bunny and his cave full of eggs, but also his egg machine, which makes what appear to be chocolate eggs. Though pastel colors abound, the palette overall is, refreshingly, brighter than what’s seen in many Easter books. The details of the patterns and colors of the eggs will give readers lots to look at as they absorb the Easter Bunny’s lesson that he leaves eggs to remind people of “new life to be appreciated,” embracing the themes of springtime. (This book was reviewed digitally with 10-by-20-inch double-page spreads viewed at 29.6% of actual size.) An adequate addition to an Easter basket. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Jan. 12, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-5247-9333-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2021

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This TV rerun in board-book form has nothing new to offer.

PEPPA'S GIANT PUMPKIN

From the Peppa Pig series

Peppa hopes to join her classmates in a Halloween pumpkin competition in this adaptation of a story from the popular British television program Peppa Pig.

With the help of Granny and Grandpa Pig, Peppa turns her giant pumpkin, which is the size of a compact car, into a jack-o’-lantern. The trio is flummoxed when it comes time to transport the pumpkin to the competition, so they call on Miss Rabbit and her helicopter to airlift the pumpkin to the festivities as Peppa and her grandparents ride inside. Peppa arrives just in time for the contest and wins the prize for best flying pumpkin. The scenes look as if they are pulled directly from the television show, right down to the rectangular framing of some of the scenes. While the story is literally nothing new, the text is serviceable, describing the action in two to three sentences per page. The pumpkin-shaped book and orange foil cover will likely attract youngsters, whether they are Peppa fans or not.

This TV rerun in board-book form has nothing new to offer. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 30, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-33922-2

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Sept. 24, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2019

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Fun format; bland text.

LOVEBLOCK

From the Block Books series

A hefty board book filled with ruminations on the nature of love.

While love is the topic of this board book, it’s the inventive gatefolds and charmingly vintage illustrations that readers will fall for. Brimming with sweeping declarations along the lines of “Love is / strong. // You have my back and I’ll always have yours,” the text sounds like a series of greeting cards strung together. It’s benign enough, but are most toddlers interested in generic proclamations about love? Some statements, like the ones on “unsinkable” hippos or a panda parent holding a cub “steady,” could introduce new vocabulary. At least there’s plenty of winsome critters to fawn over as the surprisingly sturdy flaps tell dramatic little ministories for each cartoon-style animal species. A downcast baby giraffe looks longingly up at a too-high tasty branch; lift a flap to bring an adult giraffe—and the delicacy—down to the baby, or watch an adventurous young fox retreat into a fold-down–flap burrow to learn that “my heart will always be home with you.” At points, the pages are tricky to turn in the correct order, but clever touches, like a series of folds that slow readers down to a sloth’s speed, make up for it. The book concludes with a gatefold revealing a vibrant playground populated with racially and ethnically diverse humans; two are wheelchair users.

Fun format; bland text. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-4197-3153-2

Page Count: 84

Publisher: abramsappleseed

Review Posted Online: Dec. 25, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2021

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