Comfort and peace straight from the rabbit hole, an adjunct to rather than a replacement for Brown’s classic.

GOOD NIGHT, BUNNY

“Cute” as an adjective only begins to describe this soporific litany of “nighty-night”–worthy objects.

As depicted in the soft and lazy watercolors of classic picture-book fare, a little bunny begins the process of saying good night to the world. First come the swallows and the red sky they swoop through. Flowers, a spider, insects, mice, and other birds follow suit. The bunny makes its rounds as the day darkens, giving way to a large, cratered moon above swaying cattails. Back in its burrow, the bunny, surrounded by its family, tucks in its own bunny doll, doling out kisses, hugs, and cuddles before drifting off to sleep. More than a hare similar (pun intended) in form and content to Goodnight Moon, this offering also taps into toddlers’ deep-seated need for comfort and clarity. Sadly, not all the rhymes are consistent (“Good night, bluebells and nodding pansies. / Good night, dainty dozy daisies”) or scan with perfect clarity. Fortunately Yue’s art’s delicate balance between cutesy and cute-as-a-button distracts from the occasional hiccup in the text.

Comfort and peace straight from the rabbit hole, an adjunct to rather than a replacement for Brown’s classic. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Jan. 30, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-545-60335-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Sept. 26, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2017

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A satisfying friendship story to share with very young children in the days leading up to Halloween.

TEENY TINY GHOST

This board book twists the traditional “Teeny Tiny” tale into a less-scary Halloween treat.

This version uses a singsong-y rhythm and cadence to tell the story. “In the teeny tiny barn / Of a teeny tiny house... / Lived a teeny tiny ghost / and a teeny tiny mouse.” Of course the ghost (being teeny tiny) is not very frightening. “But the determined little ghost / Let her mighty courage through / And with a teeny tiny breath / She said a teeny tiny: boo.” Spoiler alert: After just seven page turns the ghost and mouse become friends: “And now the teeny tinies play / In the teeny tiny house. / Just a teeny tiny ghost / And her best friend, mouse.” Pumpkins decorate the cover and final spread and illustrations throughout are in autumnal hues. The fairly high-for-the-format word count—19 to 21 words per page—may be more than toddlers will sit still for, but the “teeny tiny” repetition and rhymes will help. The size (just 6 inches square) makes using the book with a group a challenge, but with a lap-sitting child, it’ll be a pleasure.

A satisfying friendship story to share with very young children in the days leading up to Halloween. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 30, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-31848-7

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: April 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2019

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This TV rerun in board-book form has nothing new to offer.

PEPPA'S GIANT PUMPKIN

From the Peppa Pig series

Peppa hopes to join her classmates in a Halloween pumpkin competition in this adaptation of a story from the popular British television program Peppa Pig.

With the help of Granny and Grandpa Pig, Peppa turns her giant pumpkin, which is the size of a compact car, into a jack-o’-lantern. The trio is flummoxed when it comes time to transport the pumpkin to the competition, so they call on Miss Rabbit and her helicopter to airlift the pumpkin to the festivities as Peppa and her grandparents ride inside. Peppa arrives just in time for the contest and wins the prize for best flying pumpkin. The scenes look as if they are pulled directly from the television show, right down to the rectangular framing of some of the scenes. While the story is literally nothing new, the text is serviceable, describing the action in two to three sentences per page. The pumpkin-shaped book and orange foil cover will likely attract youngsters, whether they are Peppa fans or not.

This TV rerun in board-book form has nothing new to offer. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 30, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-33922-2

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Sept. 24, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2019

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