A cheerfully encouraging work that focuses on safety as a reason to behave.



From the Zoom Boom series

A friendly, protective scarecrow helps barnyard creatures stay out of trouble in Brown’s picture-book debut.

On a magical farm, a happy scarecrow named Zoom-Boom runs so fast to save creatures in trouble that he breaks the sound barrier. Luckily, the animals are said to “always listen” to Zoom-Boom’s safety advice, which keeps them from getting hurt. His friends include Graham Quakers, a duck; Dirty Bird, a rooster; Choe-Choe, a kitten; and a group of crows inclined toward carelessness, lying, messiness, or losing things. The book urges readers to be kind, but also “to be silly and have some fun,” while also seeing the best in others. Brown lightens his morally instructive work by emphasizing how Zoom-Boom learns from and appreciates his friends, despite their faults; Rags the Goat, for example, is shown to know about recycling. The text seems somewhat contradictory; Zoom-Boom is seemingly always running to the rescue of someone, but the text says that he “doesn’t have to rescue his farm friends too often.” Myers’ (Chase’s Graduation Day, 2019, etc.) energetic illustrations depict Zoom-Boom as a lanky fellow with a straw hat, jeans, work boots, and bow tie; the animals have a range of expressions, including sly, coy, and friendly.

A cheerfully encouraging work that focuses on safety as a reason to behave.

Pub Date: Aug. 6, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-9970307-2-3

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Rapier Publishing Company

Review Posted Online: Feb. 26, 2019

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Playful, engaging, and full of opportunities for empathy—a raucous storytime hit.


From the There’s a…in Your Book series

Readers try to dislodge a monster from the pages of this emotive and interactive read-aloud.

“OH NO!” the story starts. “There’s a monster in your book!” The blue, round-headed monster with pink horns and a pink-tipped tail can be seen cheerfully munching on the opening page. “Let’s try to get him out,” declares the narrator. Readers are encouraged to shake, tilt, and spin the book around, while the monster careens around an empty background looking scared and lost. Viewers are exhorted to tickle the monster’s feet, blow on the page, and make a really loud noise. Finally, shockingly, it works: “Now he’s in your room!” But clearly a monster in your book is safer than a monster in your room, so he’s coaxed back into the illustrations and lulled to sleep, curled up under one page and cuddling a bit of another like a child with their blankie. The monster’s entirely cute appearance and clear emotional reactions to his treatment add to the interactive aspect, and some young readers might even resist the instructions to avoid hurting their new pal. Children will be brought along on the monster’s journey, going from excited, noisy, and wiggly to calm and steady (one can hope).

Playful, engaging, and full of opportunities for empathy—a raucous storytime hit. (Picture book. 2-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 5, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5247-6456-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: June 5, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2017

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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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