Great for a transportation-themed storytime or one-on-one sharing.

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HOW FAST CAN YOU GO?

This simple book about transportation will introduce toddlers to wagons, bicycles, cars, rockets and more.

Each page features a hand-lettered sentence introducing a mode of transportation in a simple, yet descriptive way—from “A Wagon rolls on the sidewalk” through “A TRAIN click-clacks along a track” to “A Rocket roars way up high.” The digital illustrations—appealingly rendered in a color palette restricted to shades of black, gold and blue—convey a sense of motion and fun. The scenes are populated by a few, varied human characters (all apparently Caucasian), and most incorporate a goofy dog and smug-looking cat tagging along for the ride. The transportation tour ends with a challenge toddlers will readily take up—“How FAST can you go?”—illustrated with a full-out race scene; a girl speeds along on a bike, long hair blowing in the wind and kitty firmly ensconced in her basket, while a boy runs furiously behind her, arms pumping hard, eyes shut in concentration and eager dog at his heels. Combine the simple text—which incorporates apt, interesting vocabulary—with the appealing subject and dynamic illustrations for a guaranteed toddler treat.

Great for a transportation-themed storytime or one-on-one sharing. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: April 1, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-56846-253-0

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Creative Editions/Creative Company

Review Posted Online: April 30, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2014

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Out of all the titles in the series, Goldilocks’ adventures are the most cogent and age-appropriate.

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS

From the Les Petit Fairytales series

The flaxen-haired tyke makes her infamous visit to the bears’ house in this simplified adaptation.

The classic story is told with minimal text, one or two words per double-page spread. Goldilocks uses speech bubbles to describe the porridge, chairs and beds (“Too hot. / Too cold. / Just right”). The bears look bemused when they find the girl snoozing in Baby Bear’s bed, and they offer an amicable and winsome goodbye when she dashes off. The richly colored cartoons, likely created with the aid of a computer, present friendly-looking characters with oversize heads. The companion release is a stripped-down version of “Little Red Riding Hood” following the same format and style, right down to the sparkly heroine’s outfit and glittery letters employed on the cover. Youngsters unfamiliar with the story may need adult help to understand that the friendly, cross-dressing wolf has actually swallowed Grandma, since all the readers see is a “Woodsman” examining the wolf’s teeth and then sending the predator away in shame.

Out of all the titles in the series, Goldilocks’ adventures are the most cogent and age-appropriate. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Feb. 25, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-8050-9912-6

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2014

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Sure to invite cries of “Again!” (Picture book. 2-4)

QUIET!

From the Child's Play Library series

This picture book’s title belies its gently noisy contents.

The first-person text follows a child with light-brown skin and a mop of dark curly hair who takes readers throughout the family home and listens to all of the sounds therein. Neither text nor art provides a definite gender designation for the toddler, though a father and baby brother who share the same hair color and texture are identified as male. Race is similarly left ambiguous, with skin tones varying from page to page and no clear statement to specify race or ethnicity in the text. What is clear is that this child is comfortable and secure in Dad’s loving care and with the gentle companionship of a pet dog and cat in addition to the baby brother. Brightly colored interior scenes, together with occasional spreads with a minimal background that set objects and characters against the white of the page, invite readers to observe the many objects throughout the comfortable, spacious home, which are accompanied by sound effects. “Drip” goes a faucet, “Tingaling” rings a cat toy, “La La La La” sings Dad in a lullaby. And at book’s end, the titular quiet descends as the child drifts off to sleep. Throughout, appealing illustrations work with conversational, onomatopoeic text to engage readers in the tradition of historical “here and now” picture books.

Sure to invite cries of “Again!” (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-84643-887-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Child's Play

Review Posted Online: April 17, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2017

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