HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOO MOO!

A happy heifer celebrates her special day in this novelty item that is short on words but big on fun. As a quartet of animal friends makes merry, Lodge focuses on only the most toddler-tantalizing portions of the festivities: mailing out the invites, opening presents, playing jolly party games, and, of course, eating the requisite pink-frosted cake. However, the simple prose takes a back seat to Lodge's effulgent illustrations and the well-executed mechanics of the book. With pictures awash in a sea of lemon-bright yellows, neon pinks, and electrifying blues, her bold color combinations seize the reader's attention. Each spread features a variety of manipulatives and depicts a party scene framed by a thick, brightly colored border. The playful details of the borders—cow postage stamps adorn the invitation pages while musical notes frolic at the edges of the dancing scene—are just a sampling of the many cunning details that contribute to the tale's eye appeal. Clever lift-the-flaps, sturdy pull-tabs, and a grandiose pop-up in the final spread will keep little hands busily engaged. The extra-thick pages and smooth gliding tabs, appropriate for tiny fingers, are capable of withstanding many exuberant read-aloud sessions. Packed with plenty to look at and plenty to do, this is great entertainment for the small fry. (Picture book. 1-4)

Pub Date: April 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-316-66644-0

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2001

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A happily multisensory exploration.

NOISY FARM

From the My First Touch and Feel Sound Book series

Farm animals make realistic noises as youngsters press embedded tactile features.

“Pat the cow’s back to hear her ‘Moo!’ ” Readers can press the fuzzy, black circle on a Holstein cow to hear its recorded noise. This formula is repeated on each double-page spread, one per farm critter (roosters, piglets, lambs and horses). Using stock photography, several smaller images of the animals appear on the left, and a full-page close-up dominates the right. The final two pages are a review of the five farmyard creatures and include a photo of each as well as a review of their sounds in succession via a touch of a button. While the layout is a little busy, the selection of photos and the tactile elements are nicely diverse. The text is simple enough for little ones, encourages interaction (“Can you baa like a lamb?”) and uses animal-specific vocabulary (fleece; mane). The sister title, Noisy Trucks (978-1-58925-609-5), follows much the same format, but, here, the stars are big rigs, monster trucks, fire trucks, backhoes and cement mixers. While the photos will thrill the vehicle-obsessed, the noises are less distinctive, save the fire truck’s siren. The facts about each type of vehicle provide just enough information: “A fire truck has a loud siren, ladders to climb, and hoses that spray water.” Despite the age recommendation of 3 years and up suggested on the back cover, the construction (with the battery secured by screw behind a plastic panel) looks sturdy and safe enough for younger readers.

A happily multisensory exploration. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-58925-610-1

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: Sept. 14, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2014

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This brisk read is a solid accompaniment to Easter preparations.

THIS LITTLE BUNNY

Little bunnies prepare for the definitive bunny holiday.

Bunnies prepare for Easter in this board book. In verse set to the cadence of “This Little Piggy,” bunnies go to market, bake a cake, paint eggs, weave a basket, and do all sorts of other things to get ready for Easter. Rescek’s illustrations take full advantage of spring’s color palette, employing purples, pinks, oranges, and blues and incorporating striped and spotted ovals evoking Easter eggs. Little readers learning about the Easter Bunny for the first time will be delighted to get a peek at the process bunnies may go through to prepare for Easter and how it mirrors activities they perform with their parents.

This brisk read is a solid accompaniment to Easter preparations. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4998-0105-7

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Little Bee

Review Posted Online: April 13, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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