Not groundbreaking, yet Poco and Moco’s adorableness will satisfy the toddler set.

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POCO AND MOCO ARE TWINS

This Japanese import uses twins to highlight the concepts of similarities and differences and cooperation.

Brother Poco and sister Moco are twin lambs, but this anthropomorphized pair isn’t put to pasture. In digital, geometric artwork set against brightly colored backgrounds, the siblings sport oversized pink faces with even rosier cheeks and puffy, white wool around their heads and torsos. At first glance the siblings appear identical, yet observant children will notice such subtle differences as mouth shape and nose color. Ichihara establishes their friendship as the twins share bathtime, snack time, and even accidents. The focus of this diminutive book for small hands, however, is the twins’ differences. For instance, boy Poco stands to urinate and loves bread, while girl Moco sits on the toilet and claims dessert as her favorite food. Flaps, foldouts, cutouts, and seek-and-find spreads add fun, revealing Poco’s chubby belly, messy room, and talent for hide-and-seek and Moco’s thin belly, neat room, and ability to climb trees. Although stereotypical blues and pinks are used according to Poco’s and Moco’s genders, it’s Poco who wants to be a chef and Moco an astronaut. Despite their differences, these best of friends work together when cooperation means everyone gets a bite of doughnut and an even taller tower of blocks.

Not groundbreaking, yet Poco and Moco’s adorableness will satisfy the toddler set. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: April 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-940842-19-6

Page Count: 38

Publisher: Museyon

Review Posted Online: March 4, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2018

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A good choice for caregivers looking for a positive, uncomplicated introduction to a new baby that focuses on everything an...

I AM A BIG BROTHER

A little boy exults in his new role as big brother.

Rhyming text describes the arrival of a new baby and all of the big brother’s rewarding new duties. He gets to help with feedings, diaper changes, playtime, bathtime, and naptime. Though the rhyming couplets can sometimes feel a bit forced and awkward, the sentiment is sweet, as the focus here never veers from the excitement and love a little boy feels for his tiny new sibling. The charming, uncluttered illustrations convincingly depict the growing bond between this fair-skinned, rosy-cheeked, smiling pair of boys. In the final pages, the parents, heretofore kept mostly out of view, are pictured holding the children. The accompanying text reads: “Mommy, Daddy, baby, me. / We love each other—a family!” In companion volume I Am a Big Sister, the little boy is replaced with a little girl with bows in her hair. Some of the colors and patterns in the illustrations are slightly altered, but it is essentially the same title.

A good choice for caregivers looking for a positive, uncomplicated introduction to a new baby that focuses on everything an older sibling can do to help. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Jan. 27, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-545-68886-4

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: March 17, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2015

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A must-read for mothers of young children (and their kids, too).

MAMA NEEDS A MINUTE

The story shows all of the ways a mother loves and cares for her children while also needing to take care of herself.

Sloan writes what mothers feel: “This mama needs a minute.” There are books that prepare children for their first day of school, potty training, siblings, and many of life’s earliest milestones. In that tradition, Sloan’s book shows kids how mothers can both love and care for them and also need a little space. She writes, “It doesn’t mean I love you less. Sometimes it just means Mama needs to get dressed.” Truer words have never been written. Sloan simultaneously affirms a mother’s love while also deftly explaining that it’s OK for love to need boundaries—for parents, yes, but also for kids. The comics-style illustrations hit home, like the stubble-legged mama trying to snag a minute to shower. This goes beyond ringing chords with adult readers; it also provides concrete examples of when mama needs that minute. The palette includes pinks, greens, and bright blues, and all of the characters have skin of many nonhuman colors; hair is likewise fancifully colored but always straight. Many of the moms have visible tattoos, a refreshingly realistic detail.

A must-read for mothers of young children (and their kids, too). (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Feb. 4, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-5248-5457-7

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Andrews McMeel

Review Posted Online: Jan. 21, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2020

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