MAISY’S BIG FLAP BOOK

Readers explore basic preschool concepts with that ever-popular mouse, Maisy (Happy Birthday Maisy, 1998, etc.). Touting over 36 flaps, this giant-sized board book introduces children to counting, shapes, colors, and the notion of opposites. Cousins uses scenarios familiar to young children to underscore the concepts presented. Along with Maisy and her trio of friends, readers can toil in the garden counting insects and blossoms, choose colors for painting, clean up shapes in the playroom, and learn about opposites on the playground. What makes this bright, engaging book exceptional is its solid educational foundation that never loses its playful edge. By combining brief text with simple questions that prompt readers to investigate the flaps, Cousins successfully introduces a new idea while fostering readers' comprehension—all in a beguiling, entertaining manner. For example, the playroom features a shelf full of toys and readers are asked to identify the ones that match a particular shape. Along the bottom of the page are labeled flaps depicting each basic shape. Readers can lift the flaps to reveal the matching toy underneath—a diamond-shaped kit, a triangular hat, etc.—effectively extending the concept of shapes to incorporate real-life applications. Cousins's gaily colored, child-like illustrations feature favorite characters, with each full-bleed, two-page spread containing a myriad of flaps for little ones to lift and explore. Brimming with interactive educational opportunities—and a whole lot of fun to boot—this is a notable addition to the Maisy collection. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: April 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-7636-1189-1

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2001

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SAY HELLO!

Today Carmelita visits her Abuela Rosa, but to get there she must walk. Down Ninth Avenue she strolls with her mother and dog. Colorful shops and congenial neighbors greet them along the way, and at each stop Carmelita says hello—in Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew and more. With a friendly “Jambo” for Joseph, a “Bonjour” at the bakery and an affectionate “Hey” for Max and Angel, the pig-tailed girl happily exercises her burgeoning multilingual skills. Her world is a vibrant community, where neighborliness, camaraderie and culture are celebrated. Isadora’s collaged artwork, reminiscent of Ezra Jack Keats, contains lovely edges and imperfections, which abet the feeling of an urban environment. Skillfully, she draws with her scissors, the cut-paper elements acting as her line work. Everything has a texture and surface, and with almost no solid colors, the city street is realized as a real, organic place. Readers will fall for the sociable Carmelita as they proudly learn a range of salutations, and the artist’s rich environment, packed with hidden details and charming animals, will delight readers with each return visit. Simply enchanting. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: April 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-399-25230-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: Dec. 23, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2010

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GO AWAY, BIG GREEN MONSTER!

By turning these stiff, die-cut pages, even very young children can assemble a green monster with "two big yellow eyes...a long blue nose...[and] a big red mouth with sharp white teeth..." and then make it go away again, feature by feature. Emberley, a Caldecott medalist whose delightful drawing books demonstrate a combination of rudimentary forms to create a world of images, uses simple shapes in bright colors to build a scowling, cartoonish face that seems to float against the solid black field- -scary, but deliciously so. A satisfying game that may also allay some nighttime fears. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: April 1, 1993

ISBN: 0-316-23653-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 1993

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