A serviceable exploration of the animal kingdom.

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THE MARINE TEAM

Little ones learn about sea life.

Animals found under the sea are the focus of this board book. An abcb rhyme scheme is employed to tell little readers about sea turtles, great white sharks (which smile benevolently if toothily), seals, blue whales, and sea horses. Each animal is discussed in two double-page spreads that offer basic facts: sea turtles lay their eggs on beaches; great whites are white only on their bellies; blue whales eat “tiny creatures.” Some facts are impenetrable and even inaccurate: of the seal, the text claims a “deep-sea diving suit of blubber keeps this swimmer dry”; the blue whale is as “big as any jumbo jet.” The illustrations feature smiling animals colored with deep hues that evoke the depths of their environment. The final page of the board book boasts further facts about each creature featured. Similar titles Forest Folk and Sky Guys are concurrently published, introducing little readers to forest critters and winged beasts respectively, using the same abcb format and design. While the graphics in each are appealing, the texts leave much to be desired.

A serviceable exploration of the animal kingdom. (Board book. 2-3)

Pub Date: March 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-908985-86-6

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Button Books

Review Posted Online: Dec. 11, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2018

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Both too complicated for board-book readers and too limited for older readers, this adaptation does not live up to its...

ALL ABOUT ANIMALS!

A LIFT-THE-FLAP BOOK OF FUN FACTS

This busy board book is full of facts and flaps to open.

In this informational board book that collects snippets from the Did You Know? series for preschoolers, the 11 featured animals are all over the map, from the common (chicken and rabbit) to more exotic (elephants, hippos, zebras, and kangaroos). Some, such as sharks and jellyfish, live in water. Salamanders represent amphibians, and ants and bees round out the critters included. Each two-page spread includes wordy text, often in the form of questions, about each animal’s particular characteristics. Many of the concepts (such as size, weight, size of litter, number of teeth) and much of the vocabulary (such as “dense” or “colonies”) is too advanced for the board-book audience—unsurprising given the book’s provenance. Most of the spreads include two or three flaps. The pages about rabbits and ants have five flaps each, while the elephant, zebra, and jellyfish each warrant only one large flap, so children may find themselves scraping vainly at several unyielding spots. The cartoon illustrations have the look of toys designed to highlight stereotypical features of each animal.

Both too complicated for board-book readers and too limited for older readers, this adaptation does not live up to its title; a more accurate one would be Too Much About a Few Animals. (Board book. 2-3)

Pub Date: May 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5344-1135-7

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: June 11, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2018

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