THE LION WHO HAD ASTHMA

``Sean is a lion roaring in the jungle...At suppertime, he's a GIANT munching trees.'' Each double spread shows a lively little boy at the left (the trees are broccoli) and the vibrant creature he imagines himself to be at the right. When Sean begins to cough, the lion looks doleful and mystified, ``tired and a little bit frightened.'' But Sean's special treatment (medicine administered with a nebulizer, as a note for parents explains) sets him free by letting him breathe; now he's a jet pilot, who flies back to the jungle and becomes a lion again. For children who have asthma, or know someone who has it, this cheerful book should be reassuring; creative enough to be fun, it's still clear enough to be useful, while Sean's calm, sensible parents set a fine example. Westcott's colorful, lightly sketched illustrations deftly express Sean's feelings through his own body language and that of his animal friends. (Picture book. 2-7)

Pub Date: March 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-8075-4559-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Whitman

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 1992

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LMNO PEAS

A passel of industrious peas narrates inventive, alphabetically arranged avocations: “We are peas—alphabet peas! / We work and play in the ABCs.” Amid towering, digitally textured capital letters, Baker’s veggies, sprouting green arms, legs and animated physiognomies, star in scores of charmingly detailed tableaux. At “F,” farmers hoe and water at “Happea Farms,” a duo waves checkered flags at a bike race’s finish line and a quintet of friends jams in a band whose drum kit announces its name: “Pod.” “K” features (soccer) kickers, kayakers navigating the letter’s watery, angled bend and a couple of kings—one atop a tower with crown and scepter, the other crooning into a mike below (he’s Elvis, of course). The well-chosen text type, Frankfurter Medium, pudgy and whimsical, proves eminently crisp and legible for emergent readers. This high-energy romp invites repeat visits by young browsers—there’s plenty to pore over and giggle about. Delicious! Peas out. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: April 5, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-4169-9141-0

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Sept. 23, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2010

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Whether they’re counting scores of peas, enjoying the rhymes and puns or relishing the funny visual quirks, families are...

1-2-3 PEAS

After an alphabetical, rhyming tour de force (LMNO Peas, 2010), Baker’s energetic pea pack is back—this time, to count by ones and 10s.

Baker sidesteps the trickiness of rhyming the numerals by selecting a repeating word for each short verse. “ONE pea searching—look, look, look, / TWO peas fishing—hook, hook, hook.” Those numerals rise sky-high (to peas, at least) to dominate the digitally composed visuals, often serving as props for the frenzy of vegetative activity. At “TEN peas building—pound, pound, pound,” the peas erect a wooden platform around the numeral—mainly, it would seem, as an excuse for exuberantly hammering dozens of nails. Baker circumvents those oft-pesky ’teens in one deft double-page spread: “Eleven to nineteen—skip, skip, skip!” Then it’s a double-page spread per decade, with peas traveling, napping, watching fireworks and more. “SEVENTY peas singing” provide a bevy of details to spy: A fab foursome (the Peatles) rocks out above a chorus and director. Nearby, a barbershop quartet, a Wagnerian soloist, a showering pea and a dancing “Peayoncé” add to the fun. 

Whether they’re counting scores of peas, enjoying the rhymes and puns or relishing the funny visual quirks, families are sure to devour Baker’s latest winner. Totally ap-pea-ling! (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: July 24, 2012

ISBN: 978-1-4424-4551-2

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: May 30, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2012

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