For dreamers of big dreams.

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STRIPES THE TIGER

Inside every kitten is a tiger…Stripes longs to let his out!

Stripes is not the fierce jungle beast he’d like to be. He imagines himself a tiger. “Sometimes Stripes’ shadow allows him to imagine he’s big… / …but his reflection always reminds him that he’s little.” Stripes won’t give up his dream; he won’t purr when petted—he roars. He’s also taken to chasing the dog (big game!) rather than mice. So his owner takes Stripes to the zoo to see what a real-life tiger is like. Stripes envies his idol’s awesome life…fortunately, it turns out the tiger is just as discontented with its life as Stripes is; and the two hit upon the purrrfect plan to realize their lives’ dreams. Leroy and Delaporte’s simple tale of feline wish fulfillment was first published in Canada in French in 2010, and the uncredited translation reads clawlessly—er, flawlessly. Delaporte’s scribbly, cartoon illustrations are dynamic and expressive; Stripes’ roar is audible (and adorable at the end, when he takes the tiger’s place in the zoo’s cage). Children with dreams larger than themselves will identify with Stripes and enjoy picking out the humorous details in the pictures.

For dreamers of big dreams. (Picture book. 2-7)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4413-2184-8

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Peter Pauper Press

Review Posted Online: July 20, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2016

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THE WONKY DONKEY

The print version of a knee-slapping cumulative ditty.

In the song, Smith meets a donkey on the road. It is three-legged, and so a “wonky donkey” that, on further examination, has but one eye and so is a “winky wonky donkey” with a taste for country music and therefore a “honky-tonky winky wonky donkey,” and so on to a final characterization as a “spunky hanky-panky cranky stinky-dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey.” A free musical recording (of this version, anyway—the author’s website hints at an adults-only version of the song) is available from the publisher and elsewhere online. Even though the book has no included soundtrack, the sly, high-spirited, eye patch–sporting donkey that grins, winks, farts, and clumps its way through the song on a prosthetic metal hoof in Cowley’s informal watercolors supplies comical visual flourishes for the silly wordplay. Look for ready guffaws from young audiences, whether read or sung, though those attuned to disability stereotypes may find themselves wincing instead or as well.

Hee haw. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: May 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-545-26124-1

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Dec. 29, 2018

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Parents of toddlers starting school or day care should seek separation-anxiety remedies elsewhere, and fans of the original...

A KISSING HAND FOR CHESTER RACCOON

From the Kissing Hand series

A sweetened, condensed version of the best-selling picture book, The Kissing Hand.

As in the original, Chester Raccoon is nervous about attending Owl’s night school (raccoons are nocturnal). His mom kisses him on the paw and reminds him, “With a Kissing Hand… / We’ll never be apart.” The text boils the story down to its key elements, causing this version to feel rushed. Gone is the list of fun things Chester will get to do at school. Fans of the original may be disappointed that this board edition uses a different illustrator. Gibson’s work is equally sentimental, but her renderings are stiff and flat in comparison to the watercolors of Harper and Leak. Very young readers will probably not understand that Owl’s tree, filled with opossums, a squirrel, a chipmunk and others, is supposed to be a school.

Parents of toddlers starting school or day care should seek separation-anxiety remedies elsewhere, and fans of the original shouldn’t look to this version as replacement for their page-worn copies. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: April 1, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-933718-77-4

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Tanglewood Publishing

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2014

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