Cute if not particularly memorable.

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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Roller-coaster enthusiasts or not, children will eagerly join our intrepid hero on this entertaining ride.

THE PIGEON WILL RIDE THE ROLLER COASTER!

The Pigeon is on an emotional—and physical—roller coaster.

Since learning about the existence of roller coasters, he’s become giddy with excitement. The Pigeon prepares mentally: He’ll need a ticket and “exemplary patience” to wait in line. He envisions zooming up and down and careening through dizzying turns and loops. Then, he imagines his emotions afterward: exhilaration, post-ride blues, pride at having accomplished such a feat, and enthusiasm at the prospect of riding again. (He’ll also feel dizzy and nauseous.) All this before the Pigeon ever sets claw on an actual coaster. So…will he really try it? Are roller coasters fun? When the moment comes, everything seems to go according to plan: waiting in line, settling into the little car, THEN—off he goes! Though the ride itself isn’t quite what the Pigeon expected, it will delight readers. Wearing his feelings on his wing and speaking directly to the audience in first person, the Pigeon describes realistic thoughts and emotions about waiting and guessing about the unknown—common childhood experiences. No sentiment is misplaced; kids will relate to Pigeon’s eagerness and apprehension. The ending falls somewhat flat, but the whole humorous point is that an underwhelming adventure can still be thrilling enough to warrant repeating. Willems’ trademark droll illustrations will have readers giggling. The roller-coaster attendant is light-skinned. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

Roller-coaster enthusiasts or not, children will eagerly join our intrepid hero on this entertaining ride. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 6, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-4549-4686-1

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Union Square Kids

Review Posted Online: June 8, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2022

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A winning tale about finding new friends.

FOUND

Bear finds a wonderful toy.

Bear clearly loves the toy bunny that he has found sitting up against a tree in the forest, but he wants to help it return to its home. With a wagon full of fliers and the bunny secure in Bear’s backpack, he festoons the trees with posters and checks out a bulletin board filled with lost and found objects (some of which will bring a chuckle to adult readers). Alas, he returns home still worried about bunny. The following day, they happily play together and ride Bear’s tricycle. Into the cozy little picture steps Moose, who immediately recognizes his bunny, named Floppy. Bear has a tear in his eye as he watches Moose and Floppy hug. But Moose, wearing a tie, is clearly grown and knows that it is time to share and that Bear will take very good care of his Floppy. Yoon’s story is sweet without being sentimental. She uses digitized artwork in saturated colors to create a lovely little world for her animals. They are outlined in strong black lines and stand out against the yellows, blues, greens and oranges of the background. She also uses space to great effect, allowing readers to feel the emotional tug of the story.

A winning tale about finding new friends. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: April 1, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-8027-3559-1

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Review Posted Online: Feb. 19, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2014

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