There’s plenty of room on the shelf for this celebration of the similarities and connections among all our adorable littles.

LITTLES

AND HOW THEY GROW

“Littles are loved from the moment they’re born. / They’re swaddled, / and coddled, / and kissed every morn.”

Celebrating “littles” of various ethnicities, this book shows a diverse array of infants and toddlers, with skin of many colors and hair of different hues, enjoying sweet everyday moments with their families. Large, expressive illustrations set against white backgrounds and a simple rhyming text with a bouncy beat come together for enjoying one-on-one or with many at storytime. “Littles are cherished by kindhearted kin, / who sway and who play and make peekaboo grins.” Affection abounds as a mother nurses, a father bathes the baby, grandparents play peekaboo, and siblings kiss a sleeping baby. Families include two light-skinned mamas, one dark-haired and the other blonde, with their dark-skinned little, as well as a mama and papa of different skin colors with their biracial twin littles. But beware—for “littles grow BIG in the blink of an eye.” And before you know it, they are off to school, waving with delight. Though it begs comparison to beloved titles Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, by Mem Fox and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (2008), and Everywhere Babies, by Susan Meyers and illustrated by Marla Frazee (2001), it has a joyous vivacity that’s all its own.

There’s plenty of room on the shelf for this celebration of the similarities and connections among all our adorable littles. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: June 13, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-399-55526-8

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: March 15, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2017

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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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This TV rerun in board-book form has nothing new to offer.

PEPPA'S GIANT PUMPKIN

From the Peppa Pig series

Peppa hopes to join her classmates in a Halloween pumpkin competition in this adaptation of a story from the popular British television program Peppa Pig.

With the help of Granny and Grandpa Pig, Peppa turns her giant pumpkin, which is the size of a compact car, into a jack-o’-lantern. The trio is flummoxed when it comes time to transport the pumpkin to the competition, so they call on Miss Rabbit and her helicopter to airlift the pumpkin to the festivities as Peppa and her grandparents ride inside. Peppa arrives just in time for the contest and wins the prize for best flying pumpkin. The scenes look as if they are pulled directly from the television show, right down to the rectangular framing of some of the scenes. While the story is literally nothing new, the text is serviceable, describing the action in two to three sentences per page. The pumpkin-shaped book and orange foil cover will likely attract youngsters, whether they are Peppa fans or not.

This TV rerun in board-book form has nothing new to offer. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 30, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-33922-2

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Sept. 24, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2019

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