A well-paced romp with nifty response opportunities for little ones.

NO, SILLY!

Four young friends describe their favorite things to do throughout the day, and sometimes those descriptions take a very silly turn.

In direct first-person narration, a little bear tells readers how he likes to sleep. “I like to sleep in my bed. / I like to sleep in my dad’s big chair. // I like to sleep on my mama’s lap. / And I like to sleep on cookies.” What?! On cookies? This absurdity gives child listeners the chance to gleefully shout, “No, silly! You eat cookies,” as the page is turned to reveal the correct thing to do with cookies. Youngsters will delight in spotting right (“I like to eat apples”) from wrong (“I like to eat books”) in each situation, the turn of the page always giving them ample time to point out a correction. Krug’s oil-paint illustrations are cheery and bright, which add to the whimsy, and interchanging framed pages with double-page spreads gives extra visual cues to help readers spot the silly parts. Facial expressions, alas, are sometimes a bit off. Readers will notice that one correction leads to the next activity, so the cookies lead to eating other foodstuffs, and the aforementioned “books” lead to reading, and so on. The sleepy, nighttime conclusion both brings the slight narrative full circle and makes this a surprising bedtime possibility.

A well-paced romp with nifty response opportunities for little ones. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Feb. 3, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4814-0066-4

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Nov. 18, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2014

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Another engaging outing.

THERE'S A WITCH IN YOUR BOOK

From the Who's in Your Book? series

When a witch crash-lands into this book, she’ll need help from readers in tidying up her messes.

The newest in Fletcher and Abbott’s Who’s in Your Book? series stars a mischievous, messy witch. With text instructing readers directly, children will use their “finger wands” to turn the witch into a cat and pop bubble bunnies. There’s even a spell that makes a hole in some pages, an orifice through which readers push excess slime. All of the fun ends with a cleaned-up book and a sleepover with little monsters. The built-in reader participation is a serious trademark, and most of the actions can be accomplished either one-on-one with an adult or in a group setting. Abbott’s illustrations hit on the cute side of spooky, the smiling, redheaded witch with classic green skin and a pointed black hat, a cauldron, and a broomstick. All of the backgrounds are simple bright colors, purples, pinks, blue, and orange, zeroing the focus in on the messy action. Careful observers will notice a torn blue hole drawn on the copyright page, illustrating the witch’s crash into the book. It’s tried-and-true rather than surprising at this point, but the simple and straightforward formula will certainly appeal to readers. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

Another engaging outing. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: July 6, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-593-12515-1

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: July 14, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2021

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Don’t play with your food. Find food at play!

THE RUNAWAY PEA

Can a legume on the lam ever find its hap-pea-ly ever after?

Dinner may be on the table and ready to go, but for one little pea, the adventure has just begun. Despite the protestations and mockery of the food left behind, the runaway pea “ping[s] off the plate” and into a series of unfortunate events. Without intending to, the pea plops into a dollop of sauce, tumbles into a dog bowl, is flung into an aquarium, avoids a mousetrap and a spider web—and that’s just for starters! As the pea’s adventures grow increasingly arduous, he finally rolls under the fridge, where the desiccated fruit he meets there tell him that now that he has touched the floor “you’re not loved anymore.” But what’s this? Could there still be a satisfying ending in store for this little green miscreant? This chipper British import keeps the action high as the pea pinballs from catastrophe to calamity. Clever perspectives amp the slapstick, and the anthropomorphic pea—he has two wide eyes and a mouth but no limbs—is surprisingly expressive. Expert rhymes scan without strain, keeping the merriment high (with the help of the occasional butt joke). Even if peas aren’t any particular child reader’s favorite food, the twist at the end may encourage budding gardeners to experiment with some plantings of their own. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

Don’t play with your food. Find food at play! (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: June 15, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-5344-9014-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Aladdin

Review Posted Online: April 14, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2021

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