Clever and reasonably sturdy but with a significant misstep.

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MASQUERADE PARTY

Put a party spin on a topic even young children have heard a lot about lately: masks.

A hat and mask over the eyes is just enough disguise for nine smiling, costumed animals. A question is posed on the verso of each spread: “Who is…?” It’s answered by lifting the mask on the right: “It is….” The cover flap, a Little Red Riding Hood mask, hides “the wicked wolf.” Other pairings are less obviously linked. A “fun firefighter” turns out to be a “brave bear.” Lift the “plucky pirate” mask to find a “playful pig.” Eyes, nose, and mouth are clearly visible in each illustration, with a costume prop in the paw of the hidden animal. The wolf on the final spread proves to be Little Red Riding Hood, completing the story circle. Descriptive alliteration on every page uses sophisticated vocabulary. Little Red, the only human character, is White with blond braids. Animal stereotypes creep in, some based on folklore tropes. The fox is disguised as a “sly sorcerer”—signaled, in a deeply unfortunate Orientalist choice, with a turban—but the bunny is “cuddly,” and the dog is “handsome” and “daring.” Use with supervision lest the eye holes on the oversized flaps rip when grasped by eager little fingers.

Clever and reasonably sturdy but with a significant misstep. (Board book. 1-5)

Pub Date: Sept. 29, 2020

ISBN: 978-988-8342-06-8

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Minedition

Review Posted Online: Oct. 27, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2020

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Little Blue’s fans will enjoy the animal sounds and counting opportunities, but it’s the sparkling lights on the truck’s own...

LITTLE BLUE TRUCK'S CHRISTMAS

The sturdy Little Blue Truck is back for his third adventure, this time delivering Christmas trees to his band of animal pals.

The truck is decked out for the season with a Christmas wreath that suggests a nose between headlights acting as eyeballs. Little Blue loads up with trees at Toad’s Trees, where five trees are marked with numbered tags. These five trees are counted and arithmetically manipulated in various ways throughout the rhyming story as they are dropped off one by one to Little Blue’s friends. The final tree is reserved for the truck’s own use at his garage home, where he is welcomed back by the tree salestoad in a neatly circular fashion. The last tree is already decorated, and Little Blue gets a surprise along with readers, as tiny lights embedded in the illustrations sparkle for a few seconds when the last page is turned. Though it’s a gimmick, it’s a pleasant surprise, and it fits with the retro atmosphere of the snowy country scenes. The short, rhyming text is accented with colored highlights, red for the animal sounds and bright green for the numerical words in the Christmas-tree countdown.

Little Blue’s fans will enjoy the animal sounds and counting opportunities, but it’s the sparkling lights on the truck’s own tree that will put a twinkle in a toddler’s eyes. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Sept. 23, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-544-32041-3

Page Count: 24

Publisher: HMH Books

Review Posted Online: Aug. 12, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2014

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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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