BERTIE AT BEDTIME

Bertie the Hippo wants Daddy to play. Daddy promises to do so after supper. Bertie’s not the most dedicated eater, but he makes it through. Daddy has Bertie brush and wash before playing chase (which ends in the tub with bubbles and ducky). After hide-and-seek, Daddy tries to get Bertie into bed again. Bertie needs storytime. Daddy tries again after three books, but a dance, a glass of water, a trip to the potty and a song all get squeezed in before bed . . . and then Bertie’s not the one who nods off. Prolific Swiss father of Rainbow Fish Pfister returns to the bedtime-book format with this outing. The watercolors are vibrant, with heavy lines in the vein of Holey Moley (2006) rather than the feathery washes of the Hopper and Penguin Pete books. Mercifully, there are no holograms here, but why doesn’t Daddy Hippo wear any clothes? Gentle, sweet and endearing, but hardly unique. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: May 1, 2008

ISBN: 978-0-7358-2194-1

Page Count: 32

Publisher: NorthSouth

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2008

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I CAN BE ANYTHING!

A young boy wonders aloud to a rabbit friend what he will be when he grows up and imagines some outrageous choices. “Puddle stomper,” “bubble gum popper,” “mixing-bowl licker,” “baby-sis soother” are just some of the 24 inspiringly creative vocations Spinelli’s young dreamer envisions in this pithy rhymed account. Aided by Liao’s cleverly integrated full-bleed mixed-media illustrations, which radiate every hue of the rainbow, and dynamic typesetting with words that swoop and dive, the author’s perspective on this adult-inspired question yields some refreshingly child-oriented answers. Given such an irresistible array of options—“So many jobs! / They’re all such fun”—the boy in the end decides, in an exuberant double gatefold, “I’m going to choose… / EVERY ONE!”—a conclusion befitting a generation expected to have more than six careers each. Without parents or peers around to corral this carefree child’s dreams, the possibilities of being whatever one wants appear both limitless and attainable. An inspired take on a timeless question. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: March 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-316-16226-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: April 14, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2010

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ONE BEAN

PLB 0-8027-8649-9 The simple life cycle of a bean provides a practical and understandable example of scientific observation for budding young naturalists. Starting with a hand shown holding a single bean, readers journey full circle from soaking, planting, and watering, to flowering, harvesting, and eating. Uncluttered three-dimensional artwork complements the short, simple text; each stage of the bean’s transformation from seed to vegetable is shown in large scale, drawn so realistically that the texture of the skin seems to show the strain as the bean gets ready to put down roots. This is an ideal book for classrooms where students can’t resist the temptation to keep “checking” on their bean plants. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-6)

Pub Date: April 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-8027-8648-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Walker

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1998

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