In a sweetly sentimental ode to motherhood, with a gently rhyming text, Bauer (Grandmother's Song, 2000, etc.) extols the virtues of Mom, as seen through the eyes of a bevy of animal babies. The infants' encomiums reflect the distinct attributes of their particular species; a tiger cub's mother is strong while a ewe is soft, and a giraffe's mom is "tall and tall and tall." Bauer's simple text is a celebration of the multitude of tiny acts that define motherhood: loving hugs, watchful care, goodnight kisses. Elwell's softly hued, pastel illustrations radiate warmth; slightly blurred images artfully reflect the loving bonds between mother and child, regardless of the species. Each two-page spread contains an accolade printed in oversized text on a delicately colored background rendered in a palette of twilight colors: translucent lavender, soft sage, luminescent blue. On the facing page is a full-color, full-bleed illustration depicting a different mother and child. Elwell's studies encompass an array of animal life, both domestic and wild, featuring docile sheep, howling wolves, and leaping kangaroos, culminating in a tender portrayal of a human mother/daughter pair. This reverent tribute to a mother's devotion also serves to remind mothers of the extraordinary way their children perceive them. An inviting tale: just perfect for cozy moments and quiet read-alouds. (Greeting card included) (Picture book. 1-5)

Pub Date: April 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-689-82267-7

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2001

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A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character.


One of Boynton's signature characters celebrates Halloween.

It's Halloween time, and Pookie the pig is delighted. Mom helps the little porker pick out the perfect Halloween costume, a process that spans the entire board book. Using an abcb rhyme scheme, Boynton dresses Pookie in a series of cheerful costumes, including a dragon, a bunny, and even a caped superhero. Pookie eventually settles on the holiday classic, a ghost, by way of a bedsheet. Boynton sprinkles in amusing asides to her stanzas as Pookie offers costume commentary ("It's itchy"; "It's hot"; "I feel silly"). Little readers will enjoy the notion of transforming themselves with their own Halloween costumes while reading this book, and a few parents may get some ideas as well. Boynton's clean, sharp illustrations are as good as ever. This is Pookie's first holiday title, but readers will surely welcome more.

A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: July 7, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-553-51233-5

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Robin Corey/Random

Review Posted Online: July 27, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

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Beloved Little Blue takes a bit of the mystery—and fear—out of Halloween costumes.


A lift-the-flap book gives the littlest trick-or-treaters some practice identifying partygoers under their costumes.

Little Blue Truck and his buddy Toad are off to a party, and they invite readers (and a black cat) along for the ride: “ ‘Beep! Beep! Beep!’ / says Little Blue. / ‘It’s Halloween!’ / You come, too.” As they drive, they are surprised (and joined) by many of their friends in costume. “Who’s that in a tutu / striking a pose / up on the tiniest / tips of her toes? / Under the mask / who do you see?” Lifting the flap unmasks a friend: “ ‘Quack!’ says the duck. / ‘It’s me! It’s me!’ ” The sheep is disguised as a clown, the cow’s a queen, the pig’s a witch, the hen and her chick are pirates, and the horse is a dragon. Not to be left out, Little Blue has a costume, too. The flaps are large and sturdy, and enough of the animals’ characteristic features are visible under and around the costumes that little ones will be able to make successful guesses even on the first reading. Lovely curvy shapes and autumn colors fade to dusky blues as night falls, and children are sure to notice the traditional elements of a Halloween party: apple bobbing, lit jack-o’-lanterns, and punch and treats.

Beloved Little Blue takes a bit of the mystery—and fear—out of Halloween costumes. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-544-77253-3

Page Count: 16

Publisher: HMH Books

Review Posted Online: July 20, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2016

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