There is plenty to do and feel in this busy book and its companions.

TOUCH-AND-FEEL FIRST WORDS

From the My Little World series

This workmanlike board book presents illustrations of familiar objects grouped together on one page as well as a variety of textures for baby to explore.

Each page finds 10 to 12 colorful images grouped together thematically (toys, food, wild animals, etc.). Each image is done in an appealing cartoon style and displayed on a black background, with word labels in white lowercase font to encourage language skills. A two-sentence rhyme on each page introduces the group: “Over the ground these vehicles zoom. / Some chug, some fly, and some go ‘vroom!’ ” On each right-hand page inside, the largest object incorporates a texture—a furry rabbit, a slippery slide, a rubbery elephant, bumpy tires, a plush bathrobe—for a total of five different textures. Most objects are not gender-specific, and text explicitly states that a doll is one of many toys for “girls and boys.” “Family” is depicted by anthropomorphic bears wearing clothes, while the clothes page includes a dress and skirt as well as shirt, shorts, and pants. The cover has a die-cut hole exposing the textured element inside. The other books in the series follow a similar format and feel. Touch-and-Feel Colors displays objects of a particular color on each page, including a separate page each for black and white. Touch-and-Feel 1 2 3 displays a tactile cutout of a number from one to five, counting up by double-page spread, with multiples of objects, each distinct and in a different pose (three fish, five flying tigers). Some of the objects depicted in all three books are not to scale, which may be confusing to children. The black background and small objects give a dark and busy feel to the book and may be most appropriate for toddlers.

There is plenty to do and feel in this busy book and its companions. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)

Pub Date: March 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-6801-0521-6

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: May 24, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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A terrific resource for fans of Daniel Tiger and newcomers alike.

WHAT TIME IS IT, DANIEL TIGER?

From the Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood series

Animated PBS character Daniel Tiger helps readers tell time.

Mr. Rogers–like (explicitly—the show is produced by the Fred Rogers Co.), Daniel Tiger welcomes his neighbors, inviting them to spend the day with him and learn to use a clock along the way. A large clock face with movable hands is accessible through a large, die-cut circle in the upper-right corner of each double-page spread. The hands click and clack as they’re moved around the clock’s face, and the sound is peculiarly satisfying. Each hand has a different noise, helping children to differentiate between the two. Daniel and his family and friends do lots of things throughout the day, including eating breakfast, going to school, running errands, eating dinner, and going to bed. The illustrations emulate the show’s rounded, calmly colored style. Fans of the television show will be entranced. Daniel’s constant engagement with readers will spawn busy interaction, and the fact that this book covers a whole day makes it an excellent read right before bed.

A terrific resource for fans of Daniel Tiger and newcomers alike. (Board book. 2-3)

Pub Date: Aug. 30, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4814-6934-0

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Simon Spotlight

Review Posted Online: Aug. 30, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

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A goofy story and zippy illustrations make this a nice-enough book but not a must-have.

HELLO KNIGHTS!

From the Hello…! series

In this rhyming board book, knights meet dragons and become friends after an almost-battle between the two is defused by silly undergarments.

Readers first meet the knights as they’re attending the queen and the king, marching, and guarding the castle. When dragons approach ready to fight, the knights halt the hostilities by raising the king’s underwear on a flagpole. Laughter ensues at the silliness, and the knights and dragons become friends when they start a party that readers find under a nifty, crenellated double foldout. Holub’s rhyming couplets are easy to read and have a rhythmic quality that feels almost like a classic epic poem. Dickason’s cartoony, detailed illustrations with comic-book influences will appeal to younger readers. The bold, brightly colored spreads illustrating “Hello dragons!” and “Goodbye dragons” stand out as the clearest and show admirable restraint. Details such as the king’s tattoos are a fun wink to adult readers. Preschoolers will giggle at the king’s undies flying high and will also feel relieved at the peaceful, happy resolution to the book’s climactic clash. While the story is a bit nonsensical—why do the knights decide to fly the underwear on a flagpole?—the overall silliness will appeal to younger readers who won’t mind the plot holes.

A goofy story and zippy illustrations make this a nice-enough book but not a must-have. (Board book. 2-3)

Pub Date: Aug. 28, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5344-1868-4

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Aug. 27, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2019

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