There’s no point in listing the positives; the story itself is so appallingly illogical and poorly told this app should skip...

MY FATHER'S CLOTHES

Three fish contemplate what it means to wear their father’s clothes.

It’s a shame that this app is held hostage by one key component, because it has a whole lot going for it. Clean design? Check. Striking visuals? Check. Decent technological interface, user-friendly navigation and strong audio? Yes, yes and yes. Sensible story? Not even close. Though at first glance, it may appear that this story is about playing dress-up, it’s really about a heavenly father, and his clothes aren’t made of fabric and thread. They’re metaphors for spiritual fortification. Even if readers are religiously in sync with the story, they’re probably not going to emerge from the reading experience with anything but frustration and confusion. The concept was likely inspired by Isaiah 61:10, a Bible verse that references being clothed with garments of salvation and robes of righteousness. But without a working knowledge of Christian theology it would be difficult—if not impossible—to interpret that message. At one point the text reads: “Your father’s clothes, we want them too! / How many pearls would they do?” Clearly, making a rhyme is more important than making sense. 

There’s no point in listing the positives; the story itself is so appallingly illogical and poorly told this app should skip the rack and go directly to the thrift store. (iPad storybook app. 2-4)

Pub Date: Nov. 2, 2011

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: LaLaFish

Review Posted Online: Dec. 16, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2012

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A good choice for caregivers looking for a positive, uncomplicated introduction to a new baby that focuses on everything an...

I AM A BIG BROTHER

A little boy exults in his new role as big brother.

Rhyming text describes the arrival of a new baby and all of the big brother’s rewarding new duties. He gets to help with feedings, diaper changes, playtime, bathtime, and naptime. Though the rhyming couplets can sometimes feel a bit forced and awkward, the sentiment is sweet, as the focus here never veers from the excitement and love a little boy feels for his tiny new sibling. The charming, uncluttered illustrations convincingly depict the growing bond between this fair-skinned, rosy-cheeked, smiling pair of boys. In the final pages, the parents, heretofore kept mostly out of view, are pictured holding the children. The accompanying text reads: “Mommy, Daddy, baby, me. / We love each other—a family!” In companion volume I Am a Big Sister, the little boy is replaced with a little girl with bows in her hair. Some of the colors and patterns in the illustrations are slightly altered, but it is essentially the same title.

A good choice for caregivers looking for a positive, uncomplicated introduction to a new baby that focuses on everything an older sibling can do to help. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Jan. 27, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-545-68886-4

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: March 17, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2015

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Young dino fans will enjoy it, though their grown-ups may not.

NOISY DINOSAURS

From the My First Touch and Feel Sound Book series

What sounds did dinosaurs make? We don't really know.

Litton suggests some possibilities while introducing sophisticated vocabulary in a board-book format. Five dinosaurs are featured: Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus, Pterodactyl, Diplodocus, and Triceratops. For each species there is a brief description that highlights its distinctive features, followed by an invitation to hear and repeat the dinosaur's sound. There is no explanation for why scientists think T. Rex “roared,” Stegosaurus “howled,” Pterodactyl “screeched,” Diplodocus “growled,” or Triceratops “grunted.” The author tries to avoid sexism, carefully referring to two of the creatures as “she,” but those two are also described in stereotypically less-ferocious terms than the male dinos. The touch point on the Pterodactyl is a soft section of wing. Readers are told that Diplodocus “loved splashing in swamps,” and the instruction is to “tickle her tummy to hear her growl,” implying that this giant creature was gentle and friendly. None of this may matter to young paleontologists, who will enjoy finding the tactile section on each creature that triggers the sound. Despite extensive directions in small print, most parents and libraries won't bother to change the battery secured by a tiny hex screw, but while the battery lasts, the book will get lots of play.

Young dino fans will enjoy it, though their grown-ups may not. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-58925-207-3

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: Aug. 5, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

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