A book certain to engross and enthrall.



Carle’s latest collection of compositions by artistic friends—assembled to support his eponymous museum—celebrates the splendor of color.

The rainbow of stripes on the endpapers links this with Bill Martin Jr. and Carle’s blockbuster, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, although here the brushstrokes are vertical. Carle leads with yellow sunshine, partially, he notes, because the color presents a process-related challenge, while Uri Shulevitz honors all colors in his concluding collage of architectural facades: “Because a single color may feel lonely.” From William Low’s Bronx brownstones and Etienne Delessert’s surreal indigo nomad to Bryan Collier’s rainy-day-blue balloons and the late Anna Dewdney’s (now especially poignant) purple peacocks, 15 double-page spreads and a few accompanying sentences offer access to a diverse range of styles and personalities. A familiar-looking elephant adorns itself with green paint in Philip C. Stead’s scene, which he accompanies with a poem. The white background of Yuyi Morales’ crosshatched portrait of herself as a child presents a striking contrast to the “Mexican Pink” bougainvillea she holds. This title offers visual stimulation to the very young, a chance to explore a concept imaginatively with preschoolers, and, for older children, opportunities to converse about the styles and dispositions of illustrators they may recognize. There are no notes about the media, but this is a minor critique.

A book certain to engross and enthrall. (biographies, photographs, websites) (Picture book. 2-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-8050-9614-9

Page Count: 42

Publisher: Godwin Books/Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: April 17, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2017

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Genial starter nonfiction.


From the PlayTabs series

Panels activated by sliding tabs introduce youngsters to the human body.

The information is presented in matter-of-fact narration and captioned, graphically simple art featuring rounded lines, oversized heads and eyes, and muted colors. The sliding panels reveal new scenes on both sides of the page, and arrows on the large tabs indicate the direction to pull them (some tabs work left and right and others up and down). Some of the tabs show only slight changes (a white child reaches for a teddy bear, demonstrating how arms and hands work), while others are much more surprising (a different white child runs to a door and on the other side of the panel is shown sitting on the toilet). The double-page spreads employ broad themes as organizers, such as “Your Body,” “Eating Right,” and “Taking Care of Your Body.” Much of the content is focused on the outside of the body, but one panel does slide to reveal an X-ray image of a skeleton. While there are a few dark brown and amber skin tones, it is mostly white children who appear in the pages to demonstrate body movements, self-care, visiting the doctor, senses, and feelings. The companion volume, Baby Animals, employs the same style of sliding panels to introduce youngsters to little critters and their parents, from baboons to penguins.

Genial starter nonfiction. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: March 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-2-40800-850-5

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Twirl/Chronicle

Review Posted Online: Jan. 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2019

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Only gnashnabs would cavil at this eximious display of lexicographical largesse.


More labial lollipops for logomanes and sesquipedalian proto-savants.

The creators of Big Words for Little Geniuses (2017) and Cuddly Critters for Little Geniuses (2018) follow up with another ABC of extravagant expressions. It begins with “ailurophile” (“How furry sweet!” Puns, yet), ends with “zoanthropy,” and in between highlights “bioluminescent,” growls at a grouchy “gnashnab,” and collects a “knickknackatory” of like locutions. A list of 14 additional words is appended in a second, partial alphabet. Each entry comes with a phonetic version, a one- or two-sentence verbal definition, and, from Pan, a visual one with a big letter and very simple, broadly brushed figures. Lending an ear to aural pleasures, the authors borrow from German to include “fünfundfünfzig” in the main list and add a separate list of a dozen more words at the end likewise deemed sheer fun to say. Will any of these rare, generally polysyllabic leviathans find their way into idiolects or casual conversations? Unlikely, alas—but sounding them out and realizing that even the silliest have at least putative meanings sheds liminal light on language’s glittering word hoards.

Only gnashnabs would cavil at this eximious display of lexicographical largesse. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 2, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-316-53445-1

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson/Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: July 24, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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