Caregivers faced with little ones who just won’t settle down for the night may find that this title offers some pointers—and...

READ REVIEW

SLEEPY BIRD

Bird is anything but ready for bed in his latest adventure.

Bird’s wide-open eyes on the title page set up the story’s arc. It is bedtime, but “Bird was not ready to go to sleep.” His friends offer familiar comforts: a “blankie,” a book (previous titles about Bird), a stuffed animal (a cat!), and a lullaby. Sheep even offers to be counted. Bird is not at all receptive, but all his walking about does make him tired and weepy. His friends come running to his side with all their bedtime rituals that were previously rejected out of hand. And they do the job—albeit with a fun twist to end the tale. In past titles, Bird was grumpy (Grumpy Bird, 2007), injured (Boo Hoo Bird, 2009), and hungry (Hungry Bird, 2016). The familiar palette, rendered in ink and digital media, presents Bird in an intense shade of blue outlined in thick black strokes. His animal friends are similarly depicted in oranges, yellows, and reds. All stand out against a busy blue nighttime background.

Caregivers faced with little ones who just won’t settle down for the night may find that this title offers some pointers—and some hope . (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: May 8, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-338-15785-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: March 4, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2018

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet

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

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet

Daddy-and-child dog lovers can try some of these canine ways of expressing affection.

DADDIES ARE AWESOME

Puppies celebrate the many ways their dads are awesome.

“Daddies are playful. / They swing you around. // You ride on their shoulders / or hang upside down.” The first spread pictures a scruffy pup, mouth clamped on its dad’s tail, hanging. The second features a long dachshund, his four pups using the large expanse of his back as a jungle gym or resting spot. The husky dad is labeled as daring, brave, and strong, while the hound takes his pup on adventures (digging and hiding under a bush). Other dog dads give kisses and tickles, tell bedtime stories and help count sheep (a stuffed toy), and help their pups grow (challenging them with stairs and carrying them when the going gets tough). Lovšin creatively interprets some of the text that applies well to kids but not so well to canines: dad and pup at each end of a long stick held in their mouths is the dog equivalent of holding hands. Though many dog breeds will be familiar, some are just mutts, though all are shown caring for and enjoying the company of their offspring. White backgrounds keep the focus on the dogs.

Daddy-and-child dog lovers can try some of these canine ways of expressing affection. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: May 17, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-62779-452-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: March 16, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2016

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet
more