A solid and satisfying offering on all fronts.

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RED IN BED

This simple yet substantive story gives toddlers a valuable primer on color and music.

The story begins with seven little characters—they look like peas—snuggled in bed. Each one represents both a color in the rainbow and a note on the heptatonic scale. Tapping each colorful sphere produces a cheery note, with the exception of Red, who honks instead of dinging, as it’s feeling under the weather. “Don’t worry Red / we will color for you,” says Orange, as all of the other colors tumble out the door. Each subsequent screen finds the beadlike characters hard at work to color things that correspond to their particular hues. But each one also picks up the slack for Red, who is home sick. Blue colors the sea and the sky, for example, but it also tints a fire truck—blue. Little fingers help bring the colors to life by tapping on the named elements; each one dings except the incorrectly colored item, which produces a noise that might be what a question mark sounds like. When Red starts feeling better, it learns that all of its items are the wrong color. Tapping the miscolored items returns them to their proper color, and as night approaches, the dots head back to bed. Available in English (with either American or British spellings), French, Spanish and Hungarian.

A solid and satisfying offering on all fronts.   (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 1-5)

Pub Date: Feb. 13, 2013

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: daniel logeman

Review Posted Online: July 17, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2013

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Beloved Little Blue takes a bit of the mystery—and fear—out of Halloween costumes.

LITTLE BLUE TRUCK'S HALLOWEEN

A lift-the-flap book gives the littlest trick-or-treaters some practice identifying partygoers under their costumes.

Little Blue Truck and his buddy Toad are off to a party, and they invite readers (and a black cat) along for the ride: “ ‘Beep! Beep! Beep!’ / says Little Blue. / ‘It’s Halloween!’ / You come, too.” As they drive, they are surprised (and joined) by many of their friends in costume. “Who’s that in a tutu / striking a pose / up on the tiniest / tips of her toes? / Under the mask / who do you see?” Lifting the flap unmasks a friend: “ ‘Quack!’ says the duck. / ‘It’s me! It’s me!’ ” The sheep is disguised as a clown, the cow’s a queen, the pig’s a witch, the hen and her chick are pirates, and the horse is a dragon. Not to be left out, Little Blue has a costume, too. The flaps are large and sturdy, and enough of the animals’ characteristic features are visible under and around the costumes that little ones will be able to make successful guesses even on the first reading. Lovely curvy shapes and autumn colors fade to dusky blues as night falls, and children are sure to notice the traditional elements of a Halloween party: apple bobbing, lit jack-o’-lanterns, and punch and treats.

Beloved Little Blue takes a bit of the mystery—and fear—out of Halloween costumes. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-544-77253-3

Page Count: 16

Publisher: HMH Books

Review Posted Online: July 20, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2016

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A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character.

SPOOKY POOKIE

One of Boynton's signature characters celebrates Halloween.

It's Halloween time, and Pookie the pig is delighted. Mom helps the little porker pick out the perfect Halloween costume, a process that spans the entire board book. Using an abcb rhyme scheme, Boynton dresses Pookie in a series of cheerful costumes, including a dragon, a bunny, and even a caped superhero. Pookie eventually settles on the holiday classic, a ghost, by way of a bedsheet. Boynton sprinkles in amusing asides to her stanzas as Pookie offers costume commentary ("It's itchy"; "It's hot"; "I feel silly"). Little readers will enjoy the notion of transforming themselves with their own Halloween costumes while reading this book, and a few parents may get some ideas as well. Boynton's clean, sharp illustrations are as good as ever. This is Pookie's first holiday title, but readers will surely welcome more.

A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: July 7, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-553-51233-5

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Robin Corey/Random

Review Posted Online: July 27, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

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