A delightful celebration of intergenerational love.

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BIRDIE'S BEAUTY PARLOR / EL SALÓN DE BELLEZA DE BIRDIE

When Grandma looks tired, it’s time for a makeover!

Birdie addresses readers with total assurance, instructing those who have similarly tired grandmothers to lay them on their beds with appropriate head support and then go to town. Byrd’s text gives Delgado lots of room to supply detail. “Look in her drawers and find these things,” Birdie announces, and the illustration depicts this small, pigtailed child bending over a drawer and slinging tweezers, lipstick, scarf, lotion, and more into the air. Then: “Dump all the stuff on the bed.” An aerial view depicts patient Grandma on her back and just the top of Birdie’s head as the aforementioned “stuff” is flung down, a bottle of talcum powder landing with a discernible puff. Birdie tweezes Grandma’s chin free of hairs; powders her face; applies eyeshadow (“Get it all over”), blush, and lipstick; lotions Grandma’s feet; and accessorizes Grandma with earrings and scarf: “Aren’t you beautiful, Grandma?” The brief text is laid out one step per double-page spread, and Delgado nails the small child’s exuberance in his smudgy, textured spreads. Stray dots of talc adorn Grandma’s chin, and the enthusiasm with which Birdie grabs Grandma’s lips to apply the lipstick may have some adults wincing. They won’t wince at the evident joy experienced by this loving pair. Both Birdie and her extremely patient grandmother have brown skin, and a dual English/Spanish text welcomes Latinx readers.

A delightful celebration of intergenerational love. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: April 21, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-947627-28-4

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press

Review Posted Online: March 1, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2020

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Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles.

THE DINKY DONKEY

Even more alliterative hanky-panky from the creators of The Wonky Donkey (2010).

Operating on the principle (valid, here) that anything worth doing is worth overdoing, Smith and Cowley give their wildly popular Wonky Donkey a daughter—who, being “cute and small,” was a “dinky donkey”; having “beautiful long eyelashes” she was in consequence a “blinky dinky donkey”; and so on…and on…and on until the cumulative chorus sails past silly and ludicrous to irresistibly hysterical: “She was a stinky funky plinky-plonky winky-tinky,” etc. The repeating “Hee Haw!” chorus hardly suggests what any audience’s escalating response will be. In the illustrations the daughter sports her parent’s big, shiny eyes and winsome grin while posing in a multicolored mohawk next to a rustic boombox (“She was a punky blinky”), painting her hooves pink, crossing her rear legs to signal a need to pee (“winky-tinky inky-pinky”), demonstrating her smelliness with the help of a histrionic hummingbird, and finally cozying up to her proud, evidently single parent (there’s no sign of another) for a closing cuddle.

Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-60083-4

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2019

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Though it will never usurp Dr. Seuss, it will still find a home where Christian families of faith seek inspirational picture...

WHEN I PRAY FOR YOU

Turner adds another title to his picture-book series that highlights the miracles in the mundane (When God Made Light, 2018, etc.).

In the vein of children’s-bookshelf stalwart Oh, the Places You’ll Go, Turner’s rhyming text includes both prayers and life advice for a growing child, beginning with infancy and moving on to adolescence. At times the rhyme and meter are strained, muddling meaning and making the tempo feel occasionally awkward when read aloud. Overall, though, the book executes its mission, presenting Christian theological truths within the rhythmic inspirational text. For this third series installment Turner’s text is paired with a new illustrator, whose bright illustrations of wide-eyed children have great shelf appeal. While David Catrow’s previous illustrations in the series featured effervescent black protagonists, the child in Barnes’ illustrations appears white, though she occupies an otherwise diverse world. While illustrated as a prayer from a mother for her daughter, the text itself is gender neutral.

Though it will never usurp Dr. Seuss, it will still find a home where Christian families of faith seek inspirational picture books. (Picture book/religion. 3-6)

Pub Date: Feb. 19, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-52565058-4

Page Count: 48

Publisher: WaterBrook

Review Posted Online: Dec. 5, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2019

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