A limited set of animations and interactive effects expertly leveraged into an engaging experience for the very youngest...

READ REVIEW

LAZY LARRY LIZARD

From the Larry Lizard series

From Down Under, a delight for the diaper-clad.

All Larry the lizard wants to do is snooze—so when, at the repeated urgings of the Aussie-accented narrator, young viewers/listeners give him a poke, he stirs, grumbles, makes eye contact and then slips off behind a rock, under a gum tree or up in its branches. When he finally starts to cry, the narrator changes her tune and suggests that “instead of giving Larry a poke / Give Larry a very soft…very gentle…very special…stroke!” Simple, smoothly animated cartoons illustrate this subtly presented lesson in toddler socialization. For added value, the app comes bundled with an elementary game in which players try to get Larry to jump over, rather than bump into, a passing set of rocks and thorny shrubs. Except for the game’s irritatingly jaunty and short-looped music, this is a sure pleaser, interactive on an unusually elemental level and so well pitched in pictures and premise to its intended audience that requests for repeat encounters are near certain.

A limited set of animations and interactive effects expertly leveraged into an engaging experience for the very youngest app-heads. (iPad storybook app. 1-3)

Pub Date: May 4, 2010

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Wasabi Productions

Review Posted Online: April 18, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2011

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet

A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character.

SPOOKY POOKIE

One of Boynton's signature characters celebrates Halloween.

It's Halloween time, and Pookie the pig is delighted. Mom helps the little porker pick out the perfect Halloween costume, a process that spans the entire board book. Using an abcb rhyme scheme, Boynton dresses Pookie in a series of cheerful costumes, including a dragon, a bunny, and even a caped superhero. Pookie eventually settles on the holiday classic, a ghost, by way of a bedsheet. Boynton sprinkles in amusing asides to her stanzas as Pookie offers costume commentary ("It's itchy"; "It's hot"; "I feel silly"). Little readers will enjoy the notion of transforming themselves with their own Halloween costumes while reading this book, and a few parents may get some ideas as well. Boynton's clean, sharp illustrations are as good as ever. This is Pookie's first holiday title, but readers will surely welcome more.

A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: July 7, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-553-51233-5

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Robin Corey/Random

Review Posted Online: July 27, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet

An excellent, rounded effort from a creator who knows how to deliver.

EEK! HALLOWEEN!

The farmyard's chickens experience Halloween.

A round, full moon shines in the sky, and the chickens of Boynton's barnyard are feeling “nervous.” Pumpkins shine “with flickering eyes,” witches and wizards wander the pastures, and one chicken has seen “a mouse of enormous size.” It’s Halloween night, and readers will delight as the chickens huddle together and try to figure out what's going on. All ends well, of course, and in Boynton's trademark silly style. (It’s really quite remarkable how her ranks of white, yellow-beaked chickens evoke rows of candy corn.) At this point parents and children know what they're in for when they pick up a book by the prolific author, and she doesn't disappoint here. The chickens are silly, the pigs are cute, and the coloring and illustrations evoke a warmth that little ones wary of Halloween will appreciate. For children leery of the ghouls and goblins lurking in the holiday's iconography, this is a perfect antidote, emphasizing all the fun Halloween has to offer.

An excellent, rounded effort from a creator who knows how to deliver. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Aug. 23, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-7611-9300-5

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Workman

Review Posted Online: Sept. 19, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet
more