Stick with the original story of Rudolph and his redeeming red nose, with two new versions available in 2014.

MERRY MOOSEY CHRISTMAS

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer decides he wants to stay home for just one Christmas Eve, so a Moose takes his place, with mixed results.

Rudolph and Santa work together to find a replacement animal, settling on a huge moose as the best choice. The moose doesn’t have Rudolph’s special gifts and can’t seem to acquire them through positive thinking as the reindeer suggests. The moose knows how to shop, however, and he acquires a headlamp, a jet-pack rocket propeller and a GPS to strap onto his antlers. On Christmas Eve, Santa and his team crash-land on the roof of Rudolph’s house because they forgot to instruct the moose on landing procedures. Rudolph saves the Christmas delivery mission when he flies the team back to the store to acquire skis for their landings. The ending is rather confusing as it’s not quite clear who gets the skis (only the moose and Rudolph are shown wearing them) or how the skis solve the moose’s landing issues. The story is a little too long and tries a little too hard to be funny, without much success. Large-format, cartoon-style illustrations provide some comic relief with funny expressions on the faces of Rudolph and the moose, but the premise of the replacement moose falls flat.

Stick with the original story of Rudolph and his redeeming red nose, with two new versions available in 2014. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 23, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-939017-38-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Islandport Press

Review Posted Online: Aug. 12, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2014

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This bunny escapes all the traps but fails to find a logical plot or an emotional connection with readers.

HOW TO CATCH THE EASTER BUNNY

From the How to Catch… series

The bestselling series (How to Catch an Elf, 2016, etc.) about capturing mythical creatures continues with a story about various ways to catch the Easter Bunny as it makes its annual deliveries.

The bunny narrates its own story in rhyming text, beginning with an introduction at its office in a manufacturing facility that creates Easter eggs and candy. The rabbit then abruptly takes off on its delivery route with a tiny basket of eggs strapped to its back, immediately encountering a trap with carrots and a box propped up with a stick. The narrative focuses on how the Easter Bunny avoids increasingly complex traps set up to catch him with no explanation as to who has set the traps or why. These traps include an underground tunnel, a fluorescent dance floor with a hidden pit of carrots, a robot bunny, pirates on an island, and a cannon that shoots candy fish, as well as some sort of locked, hazardous site with radiation danger. Readers of previous books in the series will understand the premise, but others will be confused by the rabbit’s frenetic escapades. Cartoon-style illustrations have a 1960s vibe, with a slightly scary, bow-tied bunny with chartreuse eyes and a glowing palette of neon shades that shout for attention.

This bunny escapes all the traps but fails to find a logical plot or an emotional connection with readers. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4926-3817-9

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Review Posted Online: Jan. 17, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2017

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The tips garnered here could be used to scare just about anyone, and for those scared of ghosts, at least your carpets will...

HOW TO SCARE A GHOST

From the How To... series

Reagan and Wildish continue their How to… series with this Halloween-themed title.

If you’ve ever had a hankering to scare a ghost, this handbook is what you need. In it, a pair of siblings shows readers “how to attract a ghost” (they like creepily carved pumpkins and glitter), identify a ghost (real ghosts “never, ever open doors”), and scare a ghost (making faces, telling scary stories). Also included is a warning not to go too far—a vacuum is over-the-top on the scary chart for ghosts. Once you’ve calmed your ghost again, it’s time to play (just not hide-and-seek or on a trampoline) and then decide on costumes for trick-or-treating. Your ghost will also need to learn Halloween etiquette (knocking instead of floating through doors). The title seems a little misleading considering only two spreads are dedicated to trying to scare a ghost, but the package as a whole is entertaining. Wildish’s digital cartoon illustrations are as bright as ever, and the brother and sister duo have especially expressive faces. Both are white-presenting, as are all the other characters except for some kids in the very last spread.

The tips garnered here could be used to scare just about anyone, and for those scared of ghosts, at least your carpets will be clean from all the vacuuming. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 21, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5247-0190-1

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: July 16, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2018

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