Positive, fun, and truly lively

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PRINCESS TRULY IN I AM TRULY

From the Princess Truly series

A little brown girl’s celebration of her boundless potential.

In rhyming text, the confident protagonist, Princess Truly, talks about all of her assets: she can construct tall towers, use her magical powers, exercise her leadership skills, finish off a root beer float, take a spaceship to the moon, and more. Truly stays in constant motion and appears to be having a great time, regardless of what she’s doing. Since her trusty stuffed animal companions—a couple of penguins, a pair of bunnies, and a lion—and her sidekick, a pug, always accompany Truly on her adventures, readers will enjoy following the antics of these diminutive assistants as well. Rauscher relies primarily on a palette of pastel watercolor in the illustrations and makes excellent use of white space to help readers focus on Truly, who undertakes a different endeavor on every page—and occasionally multiple endeavors on a single page. Truly’s hairdo of two sparkly puffballs and her ensemble—a white shirt with black stripes worn with a lavender tutu and green lace-up tennis shoes—give her a fun and fashionable flair that readers young and old alike will enjoy. The author and illustrator, who have brown girls of their own, include photographs of themselves with their daughters in the backmatter.

Positive, fun, and truly lively . (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: July 25, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-338-16720-7

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: April 17, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2017

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Plotless and pointless, the book clearly exists only because its celebrity author wrote it.

YOUR BABY'S FIRST WORD WILL BE DADA

A succession of animal dads do their best to teach their young to say “Dada” in this picture-book vehicle for Fallon.

A grumpy bull says, “DADA!”; his calf moos back. A sad-looking ram insists, “DADA!”; his lamb baas back. A duck, a bee, a dog, a rabbit, a cat, a mouse, a donkey, a pig, a frog, a rooster, and a horse all fail similarly, spread by spread. A final two-spread sequence finds all of the animals arrayed across the pages, dads on the verso and children on the recto. All the text prior to this point has been either iterations of “Dada” or animal sounds in dialogue bubbles; here, narrative text states, “Now everybody get in line, let’s say it together one more time….” Upon the turn of the page, the animal dads gaze round-eyed as their young across the gutter all cry, “DADA!” (except the duckling, who says, “quack”). Ordóñez's illustrations have a bland, digital look, compositions hardly varying with the characters, although the pastel-colored backgrounds change. The punch line fails from a design standpoint, as the sudden, single-bubble chorus of “DADA” appears to be emanating from background features rather than the baby animals’ mouths (only some of which, on close inspection, appear to be open). It also fails to be funny.

Plotless and pointless, the book clearly exists only because its celebrity author wrote it. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: June 9, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-250-00934-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Review Posted Online: April 15, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2015

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Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles.

THE DINKY DONKEY

Even more alliterative hanky-panky from the creators of The Wonky Donkey (2010).

Operating on the principle (valid, here) that anything worth doing is worth overdoing, Smith and Cowley give their wildly popular Wonky Donkey a daughter—who, being “cute and small,” was a “dinky donkey”; having “beautiful long eyelashes” she was in consequence a “blinky dinky donkey”; and so on…and on…and on until the cumulative chorus sails past silly and ludicrous to irresistibly hysterical: “She was a stinky funky plinky-plonky winky-tinky,” etc. The repeating “Hee Haw!” chorus hardly suggests what any audience’s escalating response will be. In the illustrations the daughter sports her parent’s big, shiny eyes and winsome grin while posing in a multicolored mohawk next to a rustic boombox (“She was a punky blinky”), painting her hooves pink, crossing her rear legs to signal a need to pee (“winky-tinky inky-pinky”), demonstrating her smelliness with the help of a histrionic hummingbird, and finally cozying up to her proud, evidently single parent (there’s no sign of another) for a closing cuddle.

Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-60083-4

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2019

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