For settings that would value the rhymes in separate packages, sturdy, serviceable efforts.

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HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE

One of a quartet of board books of familiar nursery rhymes.

Cover images of a smiling, spotted cartoon cow jumping over a beaming moon stand out against a dark background. Liberal use of patterning, such as a subtle blue stripe in the night sky, gives the otherwise flat illustrations depth. A view of a cat sleeping in a window on the first, wordless page hints at what is to come, and sure enough it takes out its fiddle by the third double-page spread. Companion nighttime title Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star uses a similar, appropriately dark palette. Also publishing simultaneously are The Itsy Bitsy Spider and Little Bo Peep, both lighter and brighter than the first two but with the same smiling animal faces and decorative patterns in collagelike pictures. Quintanilla avoids questions of race and gender by using animal characters throughout, making Bo Peep an Old English sheepdog instead of a shepherdess. All four texts are true to the original rhymes, without embellishments or added verses, making them a reasonable way to introduce toddlers to the traditional rhymes. However, the hefty sticker prices make them rather expensive additions to a toddler’s library, especially since many caregivers can probably recite them from memory. A more comprehensive book of nursery rhymes such as My Very First Mother Goose edited by Iona Opie and illustrated by Rosemary Wells (1996) would be a better investment.

For settings that would value the rhymes in separate packages, sturdy, serviceable efforts. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-4867-1564-0

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Flowerpot Press

Review Posted Online: Sept. 17, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2019

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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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Leave the hopping to Peter Cottontail and sing the original song instead.

THE ITSY BITSY BUNNY

An Easter-themed board-book parody of the traditional nursery rhyme.

Unfortunately, this effort is just as sugary and uninspired as The Itsy Bitsy Snowman, offered by the same pair in 2015. A cheerful white bunny hops through a pastel world to distribute candy and treats for Easter but spills his baskets. A hedgehog, fox, mouse, and various birds come to the bunny’s rescue, retrieving the candy, helping to devise a distribution plan, and hiding the eggs. Then magically, they all fly off in a hot air balloon as the little animals in the village emerge to find the treats. Without any apparent purpose, the type changes color to highlight some words. For very young children every word is new, so highlighting “tiny tail” or “friends” makes no sense. Although the text is meant to be sung, the words don't quite fit the rhythm of the original song. Moreover, there are not clear motions to accompany the text; without the fingerplay movements, this book has none of the satisfying verve of the traditional version.

Leave the hopping to Peter Cottontail and sing the original song instead. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4814-5621-0

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Jan. 20, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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