Unexceptional in content but at least unusually durable.

RED CAR, BLUE CAR

From the My Little World series

A sprightly color rhyme urges toddlers to climb aboard seven pop-up vehicles, from yellow bus to orange rocket.

Aside from a pink hot air balloon, which only floats, Litton piles on the speed—sending the red car “zipping down the street,” a white plane “zooming through the sky,” the rocket “speeding to the moon!” and so on. In very simple cartoon illustrations Verrall provides a smiling cast of clothed animal passengers (the plane is labeled “American Bearlines”), many of which are visible through windows in the die-cut pop-ups that hover an inch above each leaf. Both the undulating lines of verse and the pictures are printed on sturdy coated stock; better yet, since the various pop-up vehicles are reproduced underneath, even after little hands rip off the raised versions, all of the images and context remain. Except for a pair of chirping chicks on one spread (the faces underneath the pop-up feature disconcertingly gaping mouths), numeracy-promoting companion title One, Two, Baa Moo offers the same design feature.

Unexceptional in content but at least unusually durable. (Pop-up board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-68010-506-3

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: June 29, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2015

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Perfect for Valentine’s Day, but the syrupy sweetness will cloy after the holiday.

THE ABCS OF LOVE

Animal parents declare their love for their offspring in alphabetical order.

Each page displays an enormous capital letter, one line of verse with the keyword capitalized, and a loving nonhuman parent gazing adoringly at their baby. “A is for Always. I always love you more. / B is for Butterfly kisses. It’s you that I adore.” While not named or labelled as such, the A is also for an alligator and its hatchling and B is for a butterfly and a butterfly child (not a caterpillar—biology is not the aim of this title) interacting in some way with the said letter. For E there are an elephant and a calf; U features a unicorn and foal; and X, keyed to the last letter of the animal’s name, corresponds to a fox and three pups. The final double-page spread shows all the featured creatures and their babies as the last line declares: “Baby, I love you from A to Z!” The verse is standard fare and appropriately sentimental. The art is cartoony-cute and populated by suitably loving critters on solid backgrounds. Hearts accent each scene, but the theme of the project is never in any doubt.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, but the syrupy sweetness will cloy after the holiday. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-7282-2095-6

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Sourcebooks Wonderland

Review Posted Online: Jan. 27, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2021

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An excellent, rounded effort from a creator who knows how to deliver.

EEK! HALLOWEEN!

The farmyard's chickens experience Halloween.

A round, full moon shines in the sky, and the chickens of Boynton's barnyard are feeling “nervous.” Pumpkins shine “with flickering eyes,” witches and wizards wander the pastures, and one chicken has seen “a mouse of enormous size.” It’s Halloween night, and readers will delight as the chickens huddle together and try to figure out what's going on. All ends well, of course, and in Boynton's trademark silly style. (It’s really quite remarkable how her ranks of white, yellow-beaked chickens evoke rows of candy corn.) At this point parents and children know what they're in for when they pick up a book by the prolific author, and she doesn't disappoint here. The chickens are silly, the pigs are cute, and the coloring and illustrations evoke a warmth that little ones wary of Halloween will appreciate. For children leery of the ghouls and goblins lurking in the holiday's iconography, this is a perfect antidote, emphasizing all the fun Halloween has to offer.

An excellent, rounded effort from a creator who knows how to deliver. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Aug. 23, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-7611-9300-5

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Workman

Review Posted Online: Sept. 19, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

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