Say the words: “Warm…chocolate chip…cookie.” Oh, heaven.

COOKIES!

AN INTERACTIVE RECIPE BOOK

From the Cook in a Book series

The Julia Child of the Cookie Monster set sallies into the kitchen afresh.

Returning to form after dishing up disappointing Tacos! (2017), Nieminen pictorially explains step by step how to make chocolate chip cookies, while Oshkosh-clad sous-chef readers can join in using the sturdy volume’s moving parts to rattle a sifter, add an egg and vanilla, fold ingredients until they blend, and pull a tray of sweet treats from the “oven.” A final platter with die-cut cookies to pry up helps bring the experience at least partway from the abstract realm to yummy reality. Now, on to the real ones! Though her art is so simplified that a ¾ cup pile of light brown sugar and ½ cup pile of granulated are the same size and the inclusion among the assembled ingredients of “2 sticks of unsalted butter, melted” probably should come with an advisory note, overall the (uncredited) recipe is feasible, not too fussy about measurements, and, with some attention, perfectly liable to produce the intended result: “Delicious!”

Say the words: “Warm…chocolate chip…cookie.” Oh, heaven. (Informational novelty board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 19, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-7148-7773-0

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Phaidon

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2018

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While the book is undeniably playful, toddler readers won’t come away from the experience with much hope of identifying any...

WHAT'S INSIDE MY LUNCH BOX?

Youngsters can see what their peers eat around the world.

The first double-page spread features lunchboxes from around the globe arrayed in an arc over a smiling planet Earth; each has a flap for readers to open. The subsequent eight pages give readers a closer look at dishes from Brazil, India, and Italy, to name a few. One line of a rhyming couplet floats at the top of each page: “In China, some lunches are steamed and some are stir-fried. / In France, we have a bit of fruit and cheese on the side.” Below each line, six or seven containers appear with more flaps that open to reveal a variety of signatures dishes from the featured nation. South Korean lunchboxes, for example, may contain simmered seaweed, kimchi, and gimbap (glossed parenthetically, as are many non-English terms, as “vegetable roll”). Elio’s cheery, whimsical cartoons in vibrant colors are fun to look at, but many foods may not look much like what the captions say they are; the stylized peanut-butter–and-jelly sandwich and dinosaur-shaped chicken tenders on the American page come immediately to mind. The whole, oblong package includes a die-cut handle at the top to give it a lunchbox look and feel.

While the book is undeniably playful, toddler readers won’t come away from the experience with much hope of identifying any of these foods in the real world. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 3, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5344-1594-2

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Sept. 30, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2019

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Toddlers will enjoy identifying the healthy vegetables—and they may even be stirred to eat them when they appear at...

ALLIE'S GARDEN

Rhyming text and clever colorful illustrations by a mother-daughter duo feature in this delightful board book.

When dark-haired, white-skinned Allie goes into her garden one morning to harvest vegetables, she finds some creatures hiding there. Will there be any vegetables left for Allie? “I walked to my garden / where the corn grew high, / and a noisy black crow / went flying by.” Daughter Osborn’s (Hungry Henry, 2016) striking mixed-media artwork brings together three kinds of illustrations on the same page: a pen-and-ink cartoon Allie and her basket, photographs of fresh, delicious vegetables (corn, tomatoes, lettuce, and more), and expressive animals cleverly carved from vegetables. The crow is made from an eggplant, and there’s a floppy-eared bunny made from a potato, a carrot fox, and a cucumber-and–bell pepper snake. The vibrant vegetables stand out on the white background on all the pages.

Toddlers will enjoy identifying the healthy vegetables—and they may even be stirred to eat them when they appear at dinnertime. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: April 4, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-936669-53-0

Page Count: 14

Publisher: blue manatee press

Review Posted Online: May 1, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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