Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet.

WHAT THE WORLD COULD MAKE

A STORY OF HOPE

Two lagomorph friends rejoice in the beauteous gifts of the four seasons.

Rabbit and Bunny, the former white and the latter white with pale brown splotches, gaze in wonder at a snowfall. The two are just a small part of a wintry double-spread vista of white flakes against a blue background. Green-scarfed Bunny wants the snow to be ingrained in his memory. Red-scarfed Rabbit presents Bunny with a gift—a large snowball that Bunny calls a “gift from the heart [made] from a gift from the sky.” Spring brings scented and colorful lilacs, and Bunny fashions a floral crown for Rabbit. It is another “gift from the heart,” this one made “from a gift from the earth.” Summer arrives and with it, green and salty sea pickles that they call a gift “from the sun and the sea and the sand.” Autumn unfolds with a carpet of ginkgo leaves heaped into a pile perfect for play. The two good pals joyfully exult in yet another bounty of the world in this gentle tale of sharing and seasonal splendor. The delicate pen-and-ink illustrations complement the spare text with delicate settings. The two friends go unclothed except for scarves in winter but walk on their hind feet and hold paws; the expressive cants of their ears deftly communicate emotions. (This book was reviewed digitally with 11-by 17-inch double-page spreads viewed at 49.7% of actual size.)

Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: May 4, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-250-26811-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Roaring Brook

Review Posted Online: March 31, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2021

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A good choice for caregivers looking for a positive, uncomplicated introduction to a new baby that focuses on everything an...

I AM A BIG BROTHER

A little boy exults in his new role as big brother.

Rhyming text describes the arrival of a new baby and all of the big brother’s rewarding new duties. He gets to help with feedings, diaper changes, playtime, bathtime, and naptime. Though the rhyming couplets can sometimes feel a bit forced and awkward, the sentiment is sweet, as the focus here never veers from the excitement and love a little boy feels for his tiny new sibling. The charming, uncluttered illustrations convincingly depict the growing bond between this fair-skinned, rosy-cheeked, smiling pair of boys. In the final pages, the parents, heretofore kept mostly out of view, are pictured holding the children. The accompanying text reads: “Mommy, Daddy, baby, me. / We love each other—a family!” In companion volume I Am a Big Sister, the little boy is replaced with a little girl with bows in her hair. Some of the colors and patterns in the illustrations are slightly altered, but it is essentially the same title.

A good choice for caregivers looking for a positive, uncomplicated introduction to a new baby that focuses on everything an older sibling can do to help. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Jan. 27, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-545-68886-4

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: March 17, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2015

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This TV rerun in board-book form has nothing new to offer.

PEPPA'S GIANT PUMPKIN

From the Peppa Pig series

Peppa hopes to join her classmates in a Halloween pumpkin competition in this adaptation of a story from the popular British television program Peppa Pig.

With the help of Granny and Grandpa Pig, Peppa turns her giant pumpkin, which is the size of a compact car, into a jack-o’-lantern. The trio is flummoxed when it comes time to transport the pumpkin to the competition, so they call on Miss Rabbit and her helicopter to airlift the pumpkin to the festivities as Peppa and her grandparents ride inside. Peppa arrives just in time for the contest and wins the prize for best flying pumpkin. The scenes look as if they are pulled directly from the television show, right down to the rectangular framing of some of the scenes. While the story is literally nothing new, the text is serviceable, describing the action in two to three sentences per page. The pumpkin-shaped book and orange foil cover will likely attract youngsters, whether they are Peppa fans or not.

This TV rerun in board-book form has nothing new to offer. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 30, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-33922-2

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Sept. 24, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2019

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