Simply sweet.

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MY TAIL'S NOT TIRED

From the Child's Play Library series

Little Monster isn’t ready for bed. What can Big Monster do?

“You must be tired after your big day,” says Big Monster. “No, I’m not,” replies Little Monster. “My knees have lots of bounces in them.” And so the battle begins. “Show me,” Big Monster says, with a snaggle-toothed smile. Big Monster’s turquoise blue, with orange-striped horns and a nose that resembles a child’s drawing of an evergreen tree. Little Monster’s a golden yellow, with a nose that resembles a cotton boll. Little Monster jumps on a trampoline but doesn’t get tired. “My bottom wants to wiggle-jiggle.” “Show me,” is Big Monster’s reply. Still to come are swinging, rolling around, and frolicking in a frothy bubble bath. Finally it’s almost bedtime, but Little Monster’s feet aren’t tired; they “have jumps inside them.” Little Monster jumps like a jack-in-the-box, then needs to take a last zoom around the room, arms extended like an airplane, finally settling in Big Monster’s lap. But still, the eyes aren’t tired. Big Monster (who is beginning to look pretty fatigued) leads Little Monster in an exercise: “Open, shut…shhh.” And so to bed. Hunter avoids pronouns, so the monsters can be gendered any way readers choose. Bowles makes Little Monster appropriately sassy and energetic, and if caregivers are as tired as Big Monster after all Little Monster’s antics, well, that’s a welcome kind of realism.

Simply sweet. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: July 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-84643-985-8

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Child's Play

Review Posted Online: May 1, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2017

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Though it will never usurp Dr. Seuss, it will still find a home where Christian families of faith seek inspirational picture...

WHEN I PRAY FOR YOU

Turner adds another title to his picture-book series that highlights the miracles in the mundane (When God Made Light, 2018, etc.).

In the vein of children’s-bookshelf stalwart Oh, the Places You’ll Go, Turner’s rhyming text includes both prayers and life advice for a growing child, beginning with infancy and moving on to adolescence. At times the rhyme and meter are strained, muddling meaning and making the tempo feel occasionally awkward when read aloud. Overall, though, the book executes its mission, presenting Christian theological truths within the rhythmic inspirational text. For this third series installment Turner’s text is paired with a new illustrator, whose bright illustrations of wide-eyed children have great shelf appeal. While David Catrow’s previous illustrations in the series featured effervescent black protagonists, the child in Barnes’ illustrations appears white, though she occupies an otherwise diverse world. While illustrated as a prayer from a mother for her daughter, the text itself is gender neutral.

Though it will never usurp Dr. Seuss, it will still find a home where Christian families of faith seek inspirational picture books. (Picture book/religion. 3-6)

Pub Date: Feb. 19, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-52565058-4

Page Count: 48

Publisher: WaterBrook

Review Posted Online: Dec. 5, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2019

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Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles.

THE DINKY DONKEY

Even more alliterative hanky-panky from the creators of The Wonky Donkey (2010).

Operating on the principle (valid, here) that anything worth doing is worth overdoing, Smith and Cowley give their wildly popular Wonky Donkey a daughter—who, being “cute and small,” was a “dinky donkey”; having “beautiful long eyelashes” she was in consequence a “blinky dinky donkey”; and so on…and on…and on until the cumulative chorus sails past silly and ludicrous to irresistibly hysterical: “She was a stinky funky plinky-plonky winky-tinky,” etc. The repeating “Hee Haw!” chorus hardly suggests what any audience’s escalating response will be. In the illustrations the daughter sports her parent’s big, shiny eyes and winsome grin while posing in a multicolored mohawk next to a rustic boombox (“She was a punky blinky”), painting her hooves pink, crossing her rear legs to signal a need to pee (“winky-tinky inky-pinky”), demonstrating her smelliness with the help of a histrionic hummingbird, and finally cozying up to her proud, evidently single parent (there’s no sign of another) for a closing cuddle.

Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-60083-4

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2019

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