An unusual format makes for a nonlinear experience well-suited to the familiar round. (Board book. 1-3)

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ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT

From the Read a Round series

Sing the familiar song while baby safely turns the thick pages of this extra-heavy board book.

Whimsical and decorative nursery-style illustrations of a horse, a lion, a frog, a zebra, a mouse, and a hippo rowing through a fanciful landscape give toddlers much to point at as they sing along. The song starts on the front cover. Inside there is plenty of room for “merrily” to be repeated four times. On the back cover a QR code to access a musical download and the copyright statement crowds “life is but a dream,” leaving no place for libraries to affix labels necessary for shelving and checkout. A bright-red plastic cylinder serves as both hinge and handle, allowing the pages to flip around so toddlers can start wherever the book happens to fall open; it's fairly durable and can be snapped back together in the event it comes apart after being dropped. Each press-board page is wrapped in coated paper with the verso image glued on top; determined little fingers may be able to peel it off, however. Companion title The Wheels on the Bus uses the same format with an elephant driving a crocodile, a pig, and a cow “all through the town.” Only the title verse is included; readers will need to download additional stanzas.

An unusual format makes for a nonlinear experience well-suited to the familiar round. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: April 17, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-48671-389-9

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Flowerpot Press

Review Posted Online: June 12, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2018

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Clean design and invitations to action will help young builders become readers—expect to find this book in the sand box or...

NOISY NOISY DIGGER

From the My Little World series

This busy board book introduces five colors, five construction vehicles, and five physical movements.

Each spread begins with the same two couplets: “Noisy Yellow Digger meets someone new. / ‘What is your name and what do you do?’ ” An orange crane, green steamroller, blue dump truck, and red bulldozer each reply, “I’ll show you what I do....” Behind a full-page flap, each truck uses simple, first-person language to explain its basic function in relation to the yellow digger. On the opposite side of the now-open flap cheerful construction-worker bears invite child readers to mimic each vehicle’s action. Opening the flap also produces a truck sound that plays briefly. (The book’s speaker is in the rear cover, so readers may need to take care not to muffle it.) A radio appears with all the vehicles on the final spread, and the flap opens to reveal the bears dancing. The sounds seem almost incidental; the book’s strengths are clear, consistent illustrations and repetitive language. For example, the scene changes with each page, but the digger is always the same, and details (a bee, butterfly, or cloud) shown on the closed page can be found in the same place when the flap is opened. Small print on the back cover cautions that the sounds are light-activated, which makes this a poor choice for bedtime.

Clean design and invitations to action will help young builders become readers—expect to find this book in the sand box or on the road rug. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: March 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5892-5242-4

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: March 29, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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This arbitrary collection of things that go really goes nowhere.

THINGS THAT GO VROOM

A BOOK OF VEHICLES

Twenty-four vehicles are each depicted on a single page with one sentence that describes what that vehicle does.

Unfortunately, very few of the vehicles in this board book actually go “vroom.” Instead, a “helicopter zooms through the sky,” and a “ferryboat carries people across a river.” While the level of detail presented is about right for very young children, the creators missed an opportunity to also describe the characteristic sound of each vehicle. Such descriptions would have made this book of motorized conveyances a satisfyingly noisy and interactive reading experience. Mack's greeting-card–cute illustrations are generic to the point of blandness. All the vehicles are driven by racially diverse figures with toylike, identical smiles. The only illustration that shows movement or speed is a view from above of race cars on a track. All the other images are shown from the side, reduced to their essential shapes. Sometimes the scenes shown on facing pages share a skyline, but the roads these vehicles travel on are not connected. On the page with a police car that “whizzes by on a high speed chase,” the car being chased is not even on the same road. The final two-page spread reviews all the vehicles shown earlier.

This arbitrary collection of things that go really goes nowhere. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4114-7589-2

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Sterling

Review Posted Online: Jan. 20, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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