Lap readers will surely request this tale repeatedly and may even be encouraged by the canine’s positive attitude to try...

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BABY CHOMPER'S BATH TIME

Minich and Garcia’s (If I Could Climb Trees, 2017, etc.) adorable Nuggies series returns, this time with a puppy learning that bathtime can be fun.

When baby Chomper is naughty and gets into some very stinky trouble with a skunk, it’s time for a scrub. But the puppy hates baths. After his suit-wearing owner finally catches him and puts him in the water, Chomper is inspired by the toys in the tub to have imaginary adventures: diving in the ocean, sailing a ship, and surfing. As his caretaker dries him off, Chomper realizes that even when he despises something, he can turn it into an exuberant experience. This advice is likely to be more applicable to toddlers than puppies, and those young lap readers are clearly the target audience here. Garcia’s vibrant illustrations, with the round-headed puppy, plenty of colorful details in the backgrounds, and some delightfully painted smelly fumes, are certain to captivate toddlers. Minich has tailored his text perfectly, offering the pattern “Naughty... / So naughty... / Super naughty... / The naughtiest” and “Stinky... / Stinker! / Stink stink! / The stinkiest!” before finally concluding with “all freshened up! / so fresh! / Freshy fresh! / The Freshest!”

Lap readers will surely request this tale repeatedly and may even be encouraged by the canine’s positive attitude to try activities they dislike.

Pub Date: Nov. 7, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9992984-0-4

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Nuggies Inc

Review Posted Online: Oct. 22, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2017

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An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some...

RALPH TELLS A STORY

With a little help from his audience, a young storyteller gets over a solid case of writer’s block in this engaging debut.

Despite the (sometimes creatively spelled) examples produced by all his classmates and the teacher’s assertion that “Stories are everywhere!” Ralph can’t get past putting his name at the top of his paper. One day, lying under the desk in despair, he remembers finding an inchworm in the park. That’s all he has, though, until his classmates’ questions—“Did it feel squishy?” “Did your mom let you keep it?” “Did you name it?”—open the floodgates for a rousing yarn featuring an interloping toddler, a broad comic turn and a dramatic rescue. Hanlon illustrates the episode with childlike scenes done in transparent colors, featuring friendly-looking children with big smiles and widely spaced button eyes. The narrative text is printed in standard type, but the children’s dialogue is rendered in hand-lettered printing within speech balloons. The episode is enhanced with a page of elementary writing tips and the tantalizing titles of his many subsequent stories (“When I Ate Too Much Spaghetti,” “The Scariest Hamster,” “When the Librarian Yelled Really Loud at Me,” etc.) on the back endpapers.

An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some budding young writers off and running. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 18, 2012

ISBN: 978-0761461807

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing

Review Posted Online: Aug. 22, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2012

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CINDERELLA

This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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