CUBE BOOK by Jessica Bruin

CUBE BOOK

Age Range: 3 - 4

KIRKUS REVIEW

Based on the flimsy format alone, this collection does not deserve another look.

Six individual offerings depict numerous wild animals and reptiles. Each page covers one species, with a review of the habitat, eating habits and physical attributes through brief first-person statements. The text adds a few details without much depth or context; the polar bear shares, “I like to eat cod, salmon, birds, dolphins, baby sea lions, and other small mammals.” Vocabulary without explanation misses the mark for the young audience, as words like temperate and nectar lack definitions. The individual groupings follow a loose organization; large cats comprise one of the small books, and sea creatures fill another. Corners form a three-dimensional cube as they connect like puzzle pieces. The shapes are difficult to place together and must be forced to fit. The photographs on board backing quickly peel away from their edges during the first viewing. With no support for the spine, material easily rips and disintegrates.

Assembly required, but it's not worth the effort. (Board book. 3-4)

Pub Date: Nov. 22nd, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-77049-325-4
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Tundra
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2011




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