A satisfying jungle tale for young readers and listeners.

THE SNAKE WHO SAID SHHH...

From the QEB Storytime series

Who ever heard of a snake that can’t hiss?

When he is born, Seth is eagerly welcomed by his mother and the other jungle animals. Then he says his first word: “Shhhhhhh!”—which is met with surprise and derision by all but his mother (“I think you sssound beautiful,” she says). Colorful illustrations of the friendly, childlike animals spill across the pages, while the embarrassed baby snake slithers quietly into his hole and the jungle’s other occupants begin to discuss what sort of gift they’ll give him. Should it be a toothbrush? A feather? A branch? A tasty morsel? Maybe a party? Loud squabbling ensues, until Seth pops back up. Is there anything he can do? And what exactly would he like for a present? Young readers and listeners will enjoy the gently humorous story and identify with the shy snake’s first challenge. This warm and comforting book about embracing individuality and respecting others includes extension ideas for parents and teachers so that children can investigate and further explore the messages contained therein.

A satisfying jungle tale for young readers and listeners. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: July 1, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-60992-725-7

Page Count: 24

Publisher: QEB Publishing

Review Posted Online: March 17, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2015

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Likely to be popular with young Pete the Cat fans and parents seeking a gentle introduction to preschool.

PETE THE KITTY'S FIRST DAY OF PRESCHOOL

From the Pete the Cat series

The popular character enjoys storytime, painting, and a snack on the very first day of preschool.

The younger incarnation of Pete the Cat packs his backpack that he picked out from the store himself, gets a snack from his mom, and rides the school bus with his big brother, Bob (who isn’t much bigger than Pete, sizewise). At school, Pete meets his stylish teacher, Mrs. Lopez, and fellow feline classmates while keeping his signature cool. The day ends with Pete declaring: “Preschool is awesome! Pete loves everything!” James Dean’s big-eyed cats populate the simply drawn scenes that look as though they were painted in preschool-esque fashion with thick swaths of tempera. At a couple of moments (when he eats his banana and declares it tasty and when he sings along) his customarily expressionless face actually breaks into a smile. Kimberly Dean’s text is uninspired, but it’s in sync with the upbeat tone of the series. Pete’s preschool experience, while not particularly realistic, is a highly positive one; refreshingly, there is no trace of the separation anxiety or anxiousness found in many first-day-of-school books.

Likely to be popular with young Pete the Cat fans and parents seeking a gentle introduction to preschool. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: June 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-06243582-8

Page Count: 24

Publisher: HarperFestival

Review Posted Online: July 24, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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This TV rerun in board-book form has nothing new to offer.

PEPPA'S GIANT PUMPKIN

From the Peppa Pig series

Peppa hopes to join her classmates in a Halloween pumpkin competition in this adaptation of a story from the popular British television program Peppa Pig.

With the help of Granny and Grandpa Pig, Peppa turns her giant pumpkin, which is the size of a compact car, into a jack-o’-lantern. The trio is flummoxed when it comes time to transport the pumpkin to the competition, so they call on Miss Rabbit and her helicopter to airlift the pumpkin to the festivities as Peppa and her grandparents ride inside. Peppa arrives just in time for the contest and wins the prize for best flying pumpkin. The scenes look as if they are pulled directly from the television show, right down to the rectangular framing of some of the scenes. While the story is literally nothing new, the text is serviceable, describing the action in two to three sentences per page. The pumpkin-shaped book and orange foil cover will likely attract youngsters, whether they are Peppa fans or not.

This TV rerun in board-book form has nothing new to offer. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 30, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-33922-2

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Sept. 24, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2019

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