Vehicular verses with an animal twist: storytime candy.

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ANIMALS ON THE MOOOVE

Animal-vehicle hybrids are on the move by land, sea, and air.

“Some vehicles go VROOM! / Some animals say ROAR! // Put them both together / and find out what’s in store!” Take, for instance, a lion and limousine mashup, with a lion chauffeur driving around lion glitterati, or a tiger-styled train full of tiger commuters speeding down the tracks. “Down beneath the river / swims a SALMON-SUBMARINE. / It glides against the current / as it travels up the stream.” Cow cars “MOOOve” through the farmlands, and monkey mopeds zip through the jungles. There are seal ships and bee blimps and even subway snakes, bat balloons, and bear busses and tractor turtles all full of the animals they resemble. “These passengers had so much fun— / in water, land, and sky. / But the animals ARE ON THE GO… // so HONK / and say ‘Good-bye!’ ” Frost’s couplet-filled, rhymefest of silliness is sure to please young animal lovers and very little vehicle connoisseurs. The candy-bright illustrations, nearly all double-page spreads, are packed with happy commuting animals and were created digitally using painted textures. Additional details, such as baby turtles playing at the beach and accessorized fish, delight.

Vehicular verses with an animal twist: storytime candy. (Picture book. 2-7)

Pub Date: May 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-4926-5671-5

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Review Posted Online: March 4, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2018

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THE WONKY DONKEY

The print version of a knee-slapping cumulative ditty.

In the song, Smith meets a donkey on the road. It is three-legged, and so a “wonky donkey” that, on further examination, has but one eye and so is a “winky wonky donkey” with a taste for country music and therefore a “honky-tonky winky wonky donkey,” and so on to a final characterization as a “spunky hanky-panky cranky stinky-dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey.” A free musical recording (of this version, anyway—the author’s website hints at an adults-only version of the song) is available from the publisher and elsewhere online. Even though the book has no included soundtrack, the sly, high-spirited, eye patch–sporting donkey that grins, winks, farts, and clumps its way through the song on a prosthetic metal hoof in Cowley’s informal watercolors supplies comical visual flourishes for the silly wordplay. Look for ready guffaws from young audiences, whether read or sung, though those attuned to disability stereotypes may find themselves wincing instead or as well.

Hee haw. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: May 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-545-26124-1

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Dec. 29, 2018

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This celebration of cross-generational bonding is a textual and artistic tour de force.

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LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET

A young boy yearns for what he doesn’t have, but his nana teaches him to find beauty in what he has and can give, as well as in the city where they live.

CJ doesn’t want to wait in the rain or take the bus or go places after church. But through Nana’s playful imagination and gentle leadership, he begins to see each moment as an opportunity: Trees drink raindrops from straws; the bus breathes fire; and each person has a story to tell. On the bus, Nana inspires an impromptu concert, and CJ’s lifted into a daydream of colors and light, moon and magic. Later, when walking past broken streetlamps on the way to the soup kitchen, CJ notices a rainbow and thinks of his nana’s special gift to see “beautiful where he never even thought to look.” Through de la Peña’s brilliant text, readers can hear, feel and taste the city: its grit and beauty, its quiet moments of connectedness. Robinson’s exceptional artwork works with it to ensure that readers will fully understand CJ’s journey toward appreciation of the vibrant, fascinating fabric of the city. Loosely defined patterns and gestures offer an immediate and raw quality to the Sasek-like illustrations. Painted in a warm palette, this diverse urban neighborhood is imbued with interest and possibility.

This celebration of cross-generational bonding is a textual and artistic tour de force. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Jan. 8, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-399-25774-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: Oct. 22, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2014

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