BIG SHINY MACHINES

ON THE FARM

This one-size-fits-none adaptation of a series for older children (Amazing Machines, with Tony Mitton) takes a promising topic and complicates it. Shiny foil accents the machines, which are driven by cheery cartoon animals to an onomatopoeic accompaniment: “rumble! rumble!” Parts of the machines receive diagrammatic treatment (cab, mirror, blade, hitch pin), making for an overbusy composition, and a sentence glosses its use in terms beyond the ken of most in the board-book audience: “A plow breaks up the soil to get a field ready for planting.” Too much for most toddlers, but not quite enough for most preschoolers—not too surprising, given its origins. Other titles include On the Go (ISBN: 978-0-7534-6262-1), Hard at Work (ISBN: 978-0-7534-6263-8) and Racing Along (ISBN: 978-0-7534-6265-2). (18-36 mos.)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2008

ISBN: 978-0-7534-6264-5

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Kingfisher

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2008

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CHOO CHOO

Die-cut landscapes provide extra excitement as a sturdy black train chuffs through forests, past mountains, through a tunnel—“Toot, toot! / It’s dark in here”—and to the seaside. Onomatopoeic train sounds complement the simple text as the bright acrylic collages depict the journey. A winner for toddlers, as is its companion, Beep Beep (ISBN: 978-0-7636-3482-7).

Pub Date: March 1, 2008

ISBN: 978-0-7636-3477-3

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2008

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