While nothing new, the oversized mirror makes this offering appealing.

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ZOOM ALONG AT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE

From the Zoom Along series

Construction-obsessed tots will find themselves reflected in these pages.

Almost every page features a different vehicle, such as a bulldozer, an excavator, a front loader, and a dump truck, operated by a driver with a large, round die-cut hole for a head. Through the holes, little ones can see themselves in the Mylar mirrors embedded in the inside front cover and the antepenultimate page. The members of the construction crew wear orange or green work gloves, so youngsters of all skin tones can try the cosplay. One sentence of simple, friendly text in large, black letters appears on each page, while sound effects and action words (“Sweep!” and “Beep! Beep!”) float in a jauntier display type in one of the top corners. The art employs graphically simple, accessible images in friendly colors. The construction-site–specific nature of this effort combines with the plethora of vehicles to be found there to help remedy some of the flaws of Zoom Along (2018).

While nothing new, the oversized mirror makes this offering appealing. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 4, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-77138-886-3

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Kids Can

Review Posted Online: Aug. 27, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2019

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TEN BLACK DOTS

Mr. Crews made an auspicious entrance with We Read: A to Z, which did things with the alphabet that nobody'd done before; this does the same things with numbers that everybody's done before, and better. Counting black dots, one to ten, makes sense only when the dots themselves make sense-first as the objects named, then as elements in the composition, finally as representing a characteristic quantity. Here they're miscast as enormous seeds, misplaced as portholes on the upper decks of a boat and miscalculated (four) as knobs on a radio (an old-fashioned table model). Count this one out.

Pub Date: March 19, 1968

ISBN: 0688135749

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: April 19, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1968

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Genial starter nonfiction.

THE HUMAN BODY

From the PlayTabs series

Panels activated by sliding tabs introduce youngsters to the human body.

The information is presented in matter-of-fact narration and captioned, graphically simple art featuring rounded lines, oversized heads and eyes, and muted colors. The sliding panels reveal new scenes on both sides of the page, and arrows on the large tabs indicate the direction to pull them (some tabs work left and right and others up and down). Some of the tabs show only slight changes (a white child reaches for a teddy bear, demonstrating how arms and hands work), while others are much more surprising (a different white child runs to a door and on the other side of the panel is shown sitting on the toilet). The double-page spreads employ broad themes as organizers, such as “Your Body,” “Eating Right,” and “Taking Care of Your Body.” Much of the content is focused on the outside of the body, but one panel does slide to reveal an X-ray image of a skeleton. While there are a few dark brown and amber skin tones, it is mostly white children who appear in the pages to demonstrate body movements, self-care, visiting the doctor, senses, and feelings. The companion volume, Baby Animals, employs the same style of sliding panels to introduce youngsters to little critters and their parents, from baboons to penguins.

Genial starter nonfiction. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: March 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-2-40800-850-5

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Twirl/Chronicle

Review Posted Online: Jan. 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2019

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