Pull-tabs, animal sounds, vehicles, and an irresistible song—an ideal mix for toddlers.

THE COWS ON THE BUS

Sing along with this board book designed to grab toddlers’ attention.

The recognizable rhythms of “The Wheels on the Bus” pair vehicles with farm animals for a rollicking good read. The fun starts right on the cover, with cows as both passengers and driver sitting in a red double-decker bus. The word moo in a cutout window hints at what’s to come. Pull the tab to reveal the full text, which incorporates the title and is continued on a sliding panel: “The Cows on the Bus / Go moo / moo MOO! / All day long!” This is followed by ducks quacking on a boat, sheep driving a car, pigs flying in a plane, and dogs on a train. Finally, a rocket is big enough for all the animal friends when pulled up to its full size. Tabs alternating between the right side of the book and the top could be confusing, but the correct tab is conveniently color-coded with the appropriate background and holds a thumbnail picture of the corresponding animal. The panel that slides out is 4.75 by 4.25 inches wide, almost the same size as the book. The large tabs and thick sliders withstand rough handling and slide smoothly, making it nearly perfect toddler design. The back side of each large tab is decorated with repeated images found on adjacent pages (fish, clouds, butterflies) so if one is left open, it does not disrupt the experience of the next spread.

Pull-tabs, animal sounds, vehicles, and an irresistible song—an ideal mix for toddlers. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Feb. 9, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-68010-647-3

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: March 2, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2021

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Another branded entry that offers little beyond the minimum requirements.

TRICK OR TREAT, POUT-POUT FISH

From the Pout-Pout Fish Mini Adventure series

The Pout-Pout Fish brand expands.

Halloween is here, and Mr. Pout-Pout Fish is giving out treats from his submarine home. Those familiar with the blue striped fish will find the usual uncluttered illustrations and rhyming scheme (“Who’s at the helm / of the spooky submarine? // It’s you, Mr. Fish! / Have a happy Halloween!”). New readers may be drawn in by the colorful costumes the various fish wear as they trick-or-treat along the ocean floor. Keen-eyed readers with some pumpkin-carving experience may wonder how a jack-o’-lantern can be lit under water. This board book is a fairly standard look at Halloween, putting a popular character in common holiday trappings and adding nothing else. Fans of the holiday will have to look elsewhere for a more exciting take on Halloween’s thrills.

Another branded entry that offers little beyond the minimum requirements. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Aug. 9, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-374-30191-0

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: Aug. 30, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

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LLAMA LLAMA TRICK OR TREAT

From the Llama Llama series

In this board book designed for the littlest llama lovers, adorable-as-ever Llama Llama (Llama Llama Red Pajama, 2005, etc.) gets ready for some Halloween fun.

Dewdney’s characteristic spare, apt rhymes convey a lot of action in effortlessly readable fashion. A charming and simple introduction to Halloween and its associated activities, this title finds little Llama Llama choosing and carving a pumpkin, pouring candy into bowls, picking out a costume and, finally, trick-or-treating. The costume Llama Llama decides to don—pointy teeth and a black mask and cape—is enough to frighten and fool his friends but not readers, who will immediately recognize and smile at the silly little mini-Dracula. With Dewdney’s characters as expressive as ever, young readers will be drawn right into the holiday fun, eagerly anticipating which costume Llama Llama will choose and excited to see him scare his friends and score some candy at trick-or-treat. In the equally appealing companion title, Llama Llama Jingle Bells,the little fellow gets ready for Christmas, baking and decorating some cookies in anticipation of Santa’s arrival. This simple holiday title will win Llama Llama new fans, and old friends will want to add it and its companion to their collections. (Board book. 1-2)

 

Pub Date: Aug. 19, 2014

ISBN: 978-0451469786

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: June 25, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2015

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