Cheery and colorful, though not extraordinary.

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BUNNIES

A cluster of bunnies plays the day away.

Dynamic double-page spreads detail a band of multicolored bunnies going about their day. Little readers will witness the critters nibbling carrots, jumping in puddles, stargazing, and other activities but not much else. There's no textual narrative, just a list of things the rabbits do throughout the day. Some of the vocabulary provides a stretch: “huddles,” “romp,” “twitch,” and “snooze.” The illustrations are the book's highlight, eschewing the supersimple flatness often found in board books and embracing a squiggly line approach that's quite refreshing. Notably, one of the bunnies wears glasses, though Anderson unfortunately yields to convention by indicating gender with a pink, bow-wearing bunny. A similar board book featuring a group of chicks, appropriately titled Chicks, is also available.

Cheery and colorful, though not extraordinary. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: March 3, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-907967-91-7

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Boxer Books

Review Posted Online: Feb. 16, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2015

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A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character.

SPOOKY POOKIE

One of Boynton's signature characters celebrates Halloween.

It's Halloween time, and Pookie the pig is delighted. Mom helps the little porker pick out the perfect Halloween costume, a process that spans the entire board book. Using an abcb rhyme scheme, Boynton dresses Pookie in a series of cheerful costumes, including a dragon, a bunny, and even a caped superhero. Pookie eventually settles on the holiday classic, a ghost, by way of a bedsheet. Boynton sprinkles in amusing asides to her stanzas as Pookie offers costume commentary ("It's itchy"; "It's hot"; "I feel silly"). Little readers will enjoy the notion of transforming themselves with their own Halloween costumes while reading this book, and a few parents may get some ideas as well. Boynton's clean, sharp illustrations are as good as ever. This is Pookie's first holiday title, but readers will surely welcome more.

A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: July 7, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-553-51233-5

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Robin Corey/Random

Review Posted Online: July 27, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

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This brisk read is a solid accompaniment to Easter preparations.

THIS LITTLE BUNNY

Little bunnies prepare for the definitive bunny holiday.

Bunnies prepare for Easter in this board book. In verse set to the cadence of “This Little Piggy,” bunnies go to market, bake a cake, paint eggs, weave a basket, and do all sorts of other things to get ready for Easter. Rescek’s illustrations take full advantage of spring’s color palette, employing purples, pinks, oranges, and blues and incorporating striped and spotted ovals evoking Easter eggs. Little readers learning about the Easter Bunny for the first time will be delighted to get a peek at the process bunnies may go through to prepare for Easter and how it mirrors activities they perform with their parents.

This brisk read is a solid accompaniment to Easter preparations. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4998-0105-7

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Little Bee

Review Posted Online: April 13, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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