A sweet introduction to wild animals that promotes observational skills.

PEEKABOO PLANET

Prompted by questions, children are encouraged to find camouflaged animals.

A full-bleed illustration of a jungle spills onto its adjacent page. A tiger, a parrot, a blue frog, and an insect can be glimpsed among the exuberant foliage. The question “Who squawks and talks?” prompts children to explore the image and identify the animal that fits the description. When readers turn the page, the correct answer is revealed inside an illustrated circle accompanied by text: “Peekaboo Parrot!” Following this same plosive-popping format, five other animals are presented—a porcupine, a penguin, a panda, a porpoise, and a prairie dog—each in its corresponding habitat. The questions are short but vocabulary rich: “Who’s plump and pokey?” “Who waddles and slides?” “Who’s black, white, and chews bamboo?” “Who swims and splashes?” “Who burrows and barks?” The last spread, though sweet and appropriate for the target audience, is somewhat unrelated to the rest of book, both in subject and question, though the presentation format is the same. Hidden behind the foliage of potted houseplants, readers can glimpse a cat, a dog, a human baby, and two dark-haired, white, adult humans (presumably the child’s parents). The question here is: “Who loves their baby?” the answer: “Peekaboo People!”

A sweet introduction to wild animals that promotes observational skills. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: April 7, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-936669-82-0

Page Count: 14

Publisher: blue manatee press

Review Posted Online: Jan. 12, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2020

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Useful for toddling birders in need of board books about colors.

BABY'S FIRST BOOK OF BIRDS & COLORS

Gorgeous birds amid foliage of similar hues introduce eight basic colors.

The two birds presented on each spread not only are of similar coloration, but also live in the same North American habitat. A scarlet tanager and a cardinal, both male, perch in a red maple tree; a male Eastern bluebird and a blue jay appear with morning glories and blueberries. The name of each color is printed in large font, while the name of each bird is in a much smaller one. Whether the bird shown is male or female, or if the male and female have similar coloring, is also indicated. The names of the trees they perch upon are identified in a note on the back cover. These details will be lost on most toddlers, but caregivers will appreciate being able to answer questions knowledgeably. Colors featured are from the standard box of crayons, except that pink is substituted for purple. Black and white share a spread. The cover image, of a cardinal, goldfinch, and bluebird in a birdbath, is not nearly as inviting as the images within. The final spread shows children (one white, one black, one Asian) assembling a puzzle that includes the same birds. This may serve as a reprise but will probably be skipped over. Bird-loving readers will probably feel that the space could have been put to better use by giving white birds their own page or adding a purple martin.

Useful for toddling birders in need of board books about colors. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: May 2, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-58089-742-6

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Charlesbridge

Review Posted Online: April 17, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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A fun, new take on droppings.

WHERE DO YOU POOP?

Youngsters can learn about where and how various animals, domestic and wild, relieve themselves.

Via a pull-tab embedded in each recto (not, thankfully, in the rectum) readers can see the before and after, and a goldfish in a bowl leaves a trail while swimming. The verso asks each creature where it does its business, and then a (sometimes-forced) rhyming quatrain, translated from Italian, answers the question: “And where do YOU poop, mouse? / When inside my tummy / Starts to feel not so good / It’s time for a poop / On these chips made of wood!” The final double-page spread queries readers: “And where do YOU poop?” A redheaded, White toddler’s face is visible below this question; the pull-tab on the right opens a bathroom to reveal a White toddler, this time with medium brown hair, happily and modestly sitting on a blue toddler potty. The accompanying quatrain provides some developmentally appropriate guidance for feeling the signs of a movement coming on. Baruzzi’s art is droll and graphically clean (inasmuch as the depiction of excrement can be described that way). Little fingers may need some help finding the relatively easy-to-open and sturdy pull-tabs, since they blend into each page. It works as both a biology lesson and potty-training encouragement.  

A fun, new take on droppings. (Novelty board book. 18 mos.-3)

Pub Date: May 11, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-66265-042-0

Page Count: 16

Publisher: minedition

Review Posted Online: May 5, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2021

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