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Simple and lovely, this interactive offering would make a delightful addition to any board-book collection for infants and...

Infants and toddlers are invited to engage in a game of peekaboo with an assortment of cuddly critters.

Though no words appear until the final pages, children will know just what to do here. Each right-hand page features an animal covering its eyes with its paws or wings. Instinctively, little ones will move these paws and wings, which are large, sturdy flaps, to find themselves playing peekaboo with a bear, fox, pig, dog, cat, porcupine, and owl. The animals are beautifully rendered in watercolor with fastidious attention to detail. Ferri has skillfully bestowed each character with a distinctive expression, though they all appear gentle and a little amused to be playing this game. The stark white backgrounds work well, as they keep the focus on the animals and the peekaboo action. The final pages provide a small surprise and an additional interactive opportunity; Caucasian hands cover a mirror, and accompanying text reads: “Peekaboo! Is it YOU?”

Simple and lovely, this interactive offering would make a delightful addition to any board-book collection for infants and toddlers. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: April 1, 2015

ISBN: 978-988-8240-93-7

Page Count: 16

Publisher: minedition

Review Posted Online: May 5, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2015

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From the All About Rosa series

An effervescent celebration of play in the early years.

As with Spanyol’s stellar Clive books, Rosa’s favorite activities buck gender stereotypes.

The toddler races toy cars, jumps monster trucks, and builds a car out of a cardboard box with her buddies in what looks like a day care or preschool setting. Spanyol’s childlike lines, soft palette, and chunky figures are as cheerful as ever. The text is mostly straightforward, simple narration peppered with exclamations from Rosa and her chums: “Rosa and Marcel play in the sandpit. ‘Dig-a-dig, dig-a-dig, scoop!’ sings Rosa.” Rosa has brown skin and black, curly hair, and she wears bright yellow eyeglasses. Her friends include Samira, who uses a wheelchair and is likely of South Asian descent; Mustafa, who appears black; Biba, who has light-brown skin and straight, black hair; and Sarah and Marcel, who both present white. Three other equally charming titles accompany this offering. In Rosa and Her Dinosaurs, the heroine dons a purple dress and plays with a collection of toy dinosaurs. Rosa and her buds (all wearing helmets) roll through the pages of Rosa Rides Her Scooter. And in Rosa Plays Ball, Rosa pushes a cart with various kinds of balls to toss about with her friends outside.

An effervescent celebration of play in the early years. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-78628-125-8

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Child's Play

Review Posted Online: Dec. 4, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2019

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A fun but inessential novelty, as much toy as book.

A familiar song repackaged as a board book doubles as a finger puppet.

Many a caregiver has sung this refrain to a newborn or toddler, ignoring the decidedly sad lyrics of the original. Magsamen lays claim and sweetens it up. She uses only the chorus and changes the last line to “I’ll give you lots of hugs… / and kisses every day” instead of the expected “Please don’t take my sunshine away.” Her cheery artwork, reminiscent of applique, recalls the song’s country-music roots and is anything but sad. The pages are decorated with hearts and cuddly-looking caregiver-child animal pairs—foxes, skunks with sunny yellow umbrellas, bunnies, raccoons, and squirrels. The thick, heart-shaped pages include a circular die-cut hole through which readers might poke the smiling felt sun puppet attached to the back cover. A finger inserted from the back makes the sun wiggle and will capture even the youngest baby’s attention. The puppet feature does not obstruct the initial page turns, but when a toddler says, “Do it again” (as they doubtless will), quickly re-positioning the finger puppet is somewhat challenging.

A fun but inessential novelty, as much toy as book. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)

Pub Date: Dec. 26, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-338-30576-0

Page Count: 6

Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Nov. 11, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2019

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