THE PEANUT-FREE CAFÉ

Allergies to peanuts can kill and Koster and Cocca-Leffler demonstrate these dangers with brightness and feeling, using Simon and his multicultural classmates as foils because, guess what their favorite lunch food is. Enter Grant, a new student with the peanut allergy. He dramatically mimes choking, eyes squeezed, tongue stuck out, “If I eat just one peanut or anything made with peanut oil, I can’t breathe.” Grant explains he has to have a shot immediately and then tells them that peanut butter was not allowed in his last school. Simon and his principal thoughtfully consider what to do and the solution becomes much more fun than experiencing the joys of peanut butter. The final note comes from the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, an appropriate end for the only bibliotherapeutic picture book about peanut allergies. An attractive package with a heavy mission that manages to keep its balance. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: March 1, 2006

ISBN: 0-8075-6386-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Whitman

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2006

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DRY DAYS, WET NIGHTS

Now that he stays dry all day, Little Bunny wants to leave his diaper off at night. ``I'm not a baby,'' declares ``LB,'' and Mama, agreeing, adds, ``We can see what happens tonight. If your body is ready, then you'll stay dry.'' Still, LB wakes up ``cold, wet, and confused'' in the middle of a dream. Cheerfully, Mama changes his sheets, helps again the next night when he makes it almost to the bathroom, and comforts the discouraged bunny as months pass and he learns to ride a bike and outgrows two pairs of shoes. Dad helps too, by remembering that ``when I was about your age, I used to wet the bed.'' Finally, LB wakes up dry; and while Mama suggests a celebration she also wisely observes that they should ``take one day at a time.'' Sensible, exemplary, and nicely extended in appealingly expressive illustrations; ``A Note for Parents'' adds specifics about the prevalance of normal bed- wetting among preschoolers to the story's implicit advice for dealing with it. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: March 1, 1994

ISBN: 0-8075-1723-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Whitman

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1994

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Will doubtless leave young readers and viewers flushed with excitement.

THE DINOSAUR THAT POOPED THE PAST!

From the Dinosaur That… series

Fresh (if that’s the word) from excretory adventures in outer space (see The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet, 2017), Danny and his craptastic dino companion undertake further effluvial exploits in the Jurassic.

Having discovered that the swing in Granny’s yard is a time machine, the white boy and the dino find themselves in deep soup when it breaks—stranding them in the distant past right next to an erupting volcano. With help from a trio of mischievous tykes dubbed “Dino Dudes A, B, and C,” the very images of pop-eyed, primary-colored cuteness in the cartoon illustrations, repairs are made…but how to get the required push? Having previously chowed down on Granny’s broccoli eggs and Brussels sprouts, it’s time for Dinosaur to do his thing: “The poop came out fast; it had broccoli power, / And launched them to eighty-eight miles per hour.” Back through the eras they fly (“The Romans and Trojans were covered in poop; / They all got a taste of Gran’s broccoli soup”), with the Dudes tagging along, to arrive back at Gran’s just in time for slices of, yes, broccoli cake. Parsons renders the prehistoric lava with an evocatively red and glutinous look, and if the gusher that flows out of Dinosaur’s butt is counterintuitively orange, it’s still a revolting sight. That the rhyme seems often to be in thrall to tortured scansion is probably a minor consideration.

Will doubtless leave young readers and viewers flushed with excitement. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: March 13, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-4814-9868-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Aladdin

Review Posted Online: Nov. 22, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2017

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