Cute if not particularly memorable.

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CHIRPY CHARLIE'S TEETH

With the help of several animal friends and a little white girl named Julie, a little bird learns all about dental health.

Charlie the bird watches Julie conscientiously brush her teeth every day, which causes him to wonder how he can brush his. He knows that he doesn’t look after them properly. He asks Goldfish, who tells Charlie that sharks clean their sharp teeth with seaweed. When Charlie tries the same thing with some clover leaves, they just turn his beak green. Little Hamster tells Charlie that beavers use bark. This illustration, in which Charlie and Little Hamster perch on the edge of a bathtub in which a large beaver lolls, exemplifies the book’s playful sense of surrealism. The tub sits surrounded by delicate flowers; a tube of toothpaste rests on the ground. When Charlie tries to clean his teeth on a leg of the kitchen table, Julie’s mom yells at him…and he gets a sore beak. More mishaps ensue before Julie patiently explains that he can’t brush his teeth because he doesn’t have any. But she’ll help him brush his beak; it’ll be the shiniest in town. Zafrilla’s quirky characters help her lesson go down easy. Wimmer’s clever illustrations move readers and Charlie between realistic scenes and fanciful ones. The tale is fairly insubstantial, but the pages are made of water- and tear-resistant Stone Paper, made without trees or bleach.

Cute if not particularly memorable. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-84-16733-30-9

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Cuento de Luz

Review Posted Online: Aug. 21, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2017

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Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles.

THE DINKY DONKEY

Even more alliterative hanky-panky from the creators of The Wonky Donkey (2010).

Operating on the principle (valid, here) that anything worth doing is worth overdoing, Smith and Cowley give their wildly popular Wonky Donkey a daughter—who, being “cute and small,” was a “dinky donkey”; having “beautiful long eyelashes” she was in consequence a “blinky dinky donkey”; and so on…and on…and on until the cumulative chorus sails past silly and ludicrous to irresistibly hysterical: “She was a stinky funky plinky-plonky winky-tinky,” etc. The repeating “Hee Haw!” chorus hardly suggests what any audience’s escalating response will be. In the illustrations the daughter sports her parent’s big, shiny eyes and winsome grin while posing in a multicolored mohawk next to a rustic boombox (“She was a punky blinky”), painting her hooves pink, crossing her rear legs to signal a need to pee (“winky-tinky inky-pinky”), demonstrating her smelliness with the help of a histrionic hummingbird, and finally cozying up to her proud, evidently single parent (there’s no sign of another) for a closing cuddle.

Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-60083-4

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2019

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Daddy-and-child dog lovers can try some of these canine ways of expressing affection.

DADDIES ARE AWESOME

Puppies celebrate the many ways their dads are awesome.

“Daddies are playful. / They swing you around. // You ride on their shoulders / or hang upside down.” The first spread pictures a scruffy pup, mouth clamped on its dad’s tail, hanging. The second features a long dachshund, his four pups using the large expanse of his back as a jungle gym or resting spot. The husky dad is labeled as daring, brave, and strong, while the hound takes his pup on adventures (digging and hiding under a bush). Other dog dads give kisses and tickles, tell bedtime stories and help count sheep (a stuffed toy), and help their pups grow (challenging them with stairs and carrying them when the going gets tough). Lovšin creatively interprets some of the text that applies well to kids but not so well to canines: dad and pup at each end of a long stick held in their mouths is the dog equivalent of holding hands. Though many dog breeds will be familiar, some are just mutts, though all are shown caring for and enjoying the company of their offspring. White backgrounds keep the focus on the dogs.

Daddy-and-child dog lovers can try some of these canine ways of expressing affection. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: May 17, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-62779-452-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: March 16, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2016

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