A clear and winning guide to a key social grace; share and repeat as necessary. (Board book. 1-4)

WILL BEAR SHARE?

Sharing can be fun, although it may have its limits.

Author/illustrator Leung poses a social and ethical dilemma in this book and a practical problem in the equally charming companion volume, Will Sheep Sleep? Bear has lots to offer, but will she? Consecutive double-page spreads offer a series of questions and answers: “Will Bear share her berries?” / “Yes.” / “Will Bear share her book?” / “Yes.” / “Will Bear share her toothbrush?” / “NO! Toothbrushes are not for sharing.” Bear and her adorable animal pals act out each vignette against lightly textured backgrounds of several different hues. The presentation is uncluttered and pleasing to the eye, and the simply rendered characters have abundant personality. The drama heats up when Bear is asked to share her favorite toy (after due deliberation, she does) and, finally, her ice cream. This, apparently, is where Bear draws her line in the sand, but when her coneful of ice cream lands on the ground, her hungry crocodile friend kindly consoles her. Fortunately, Ladybug comes to the rescue with a large berry cake to be shared by all. As Ladybug, Bear, and friends enjoy the cake, readers are asked, “What do you share?” The final panel, appropriately enough, shows Bear and her alligator friend brushing their teeth together, each with their own toothbrush, of course.

A clear and winning guide to a key social grace; share and repeat as necessary. (Board book. 1-4)

Pub Date: May 29, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-338-21559-5

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: June 11, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2018

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Beloved Little Blue takes a bit of the mystery—and fear—out of Halloween costumes.

LITTLE BLUE TRUCK'S HALLOWEEN

A lift-the-flap book gives the littlest trick-or-treaters some practice identifying partygoers under their costumes.

Little Blue Truck and his buddy Toad are off to a party, and they invite readers (and a black cat) along for the ride: “ ‘Beep! Beep! Beep!’ / says Little Blue. / ‘It’s Halloween!’ / You come, too.” As they drive, they are surprised (and joined) by many of their friends in costume. “Who’s that in a tutu / striking a pose / up on the tiniest / tips of her toes? / Under the mask / who do you see?” Lifting the flap unmasks a friend: “ ‘Quack!’ says the duck. / ‘It’s me! It’s me!’ ” The sheep is disguised as a clown, the cow’s a queen, the pig’s a witch, the hen and her chick are pirates, and the horse is a dragon. Not to be left out, Little Blue has a costume, too. The flaps are large and sturdy, and enough of the animals’ characteristic features are visible under and around the costumes that little ones will be able to make successful guesses even on the first reading. Lovely curvy shapes and autumn colors fade to dusky blues as night falls, and children are sure to notice the traditional elements of a Halloween party: apple bobbing, lit jack-o’-lanterns, and punch and treats.

Beloved Little Blue takes a bit of the mystery—and fear—out of Halloween costumes. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-544-77253-3

Page Count: 16

Publisher: HMH Books

Review Posted Online: July 20, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2016

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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

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