A simple game needlessly complicated.

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FARM ANIMALS

From the Peekaboo! series

A baby's favorite game gets a barnyard setting.

The peekaboo pastime is brought to the farm in this board book. Little ones are given a series of clues and encouraged to look through a die-cut window to the next page and guess which animal resides there. “I have long EARS and two large front TEETH. I hop around the farm to find delicious CARROTS to eat. I am a.…” Opposite this clue is a brown box with an open flap that exposes a round eye in a partially hidden blue face. With the turn of the page, readers see a rabbit from hips up chomping on a carrot. Other animals depicted are a pig, a rooster, a cow, a chick, and, in a nicely democratic gesture, a child. The prose clues are certainly necessary, as the grainy-textured illustrations are sometimes not clear enough to clue readers in to what they're looking at. This makes for an interesting guessing game but a pretty poor peekaboo exercise. Older readers will eventually figure out what's going on, but young tots will just be frustrated. Three other books in the series—At Night, Look at Me, and Knock, Knock, Who Lives Here?—publish simultaneously. 

A simple game needlessly complicated. (Board book. 1-2)

Pub Date: Feb. 3, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4549-1586-7

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Sterling

Review Posted Online: March 25, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2015

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A lovely, simple lift-the-flap book that will stand the test of many a mighty tot.

WHERE'S THE LADYBUG?

Little ones learn about bugs.

The world of insects and like small creatures is the focus of this sturdy board book. Each turn of the page gives readers a close view of a particular habitat. The text asks, “Where’s the ladybug?” or “Where’s the snail?” and little ones are encouraged to find the creatures under shaped felt flaps. A caterpillar poses under a leaf with a few bites taken out of it; a bumblebee flies behind a pink tulip. The flaps are made of a reasonably strong material, secured tightly within the book’s pages. Extremely determined readers may figure out a way to pull the flaps out, but most will enjoy flipping them up and over with ease. The last page of the book contains a mirror hidden behind a bush-shaped flap, and readers are asked “And where are you?” The insects smile with big eyes and are composed of large, circular, clean-edged shapes. The color palette is dulled, making the neon flaps pop effectively for little readers. Concurrently publishing companion Where’s the Giraffe? explores the world of jungle animals.

A lovely, simple lift-the-flap book that will stand the test of many a mighty tot. (Board book. 1-2)

Pub Date: March 28, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-7636-9335-0

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Nosy Crow/Candlewick

Review Posted Online: June 19, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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A bright and friendly but no more than serviceable board book.

MY FIRST PEEK-A-BOO ANIMALS

From the World of Eric Carle series

Little readers play peekaboo with animals.

Carle’s iconic illustrations form the centerpiece of this simple lift-the-flap board book. Each double-page spread features an animal obscured by a flap (a solid block of trademark, textured Carle color) on one side and a four-line abcb stanza describing the animal on the opposite page. Readers are given hints about the hidden creature before they play peekaboo and lift the flap to reveal a monkey, horse, turtle, and more. “I’m a big cat, / but I don’t purr. / I’ve got black stripes / and bright orange fur.” Although most of the facts offered are scientifically valid, the ambiguously worded modifier for the monkey’s clue—“With my long tail, / I swing in the trees”—risks imparting the misinformation that monkeys suspend themselves from their tails. Carle’s illustrations are as recognizable to little readers as the characters on Sesame Street or Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and the familiarity breeds appreciation. There’s nothing truly special or distinctive regarding the mechanics of this particular title, but the familiar look acts as a comfort food–esque motivation to get little ones’ attention.

A bright and friendly but no more than serviceable board book. (Board book. 1-2)

Pub Date: June 6, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5344-0105-1

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: June 19, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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