GOOD NIGHT, SAM

Readers who love the Stella series will be glad to see that her brother Sam has his own second story. With covers tangled at the foot of his bed, Sam can’t sleep because Fred is missing. Stella is reluctant to leave the warm comfort of her bed and suggests that maybe Fred is hidden under the bed or outside, or even in the closet. Sam is ready for these possibilities, telling her that his puppy sneezes under the bed, is afraid of the dark, and won’t go into the closet with the monsters. Stella changes her tactic and offers techniques for getting to sleep, but finally realizes that sleep won’t be a possibility for either of them until Fred is found. Together they creep through the house, not noticing that Fred is actually everywhere that they look, just hidden. Perfecting the interaction of siblings as they try to go to sleep, Gay offers a rich text to accompany her swirling watercolor illustrations. Charming. (Picture book. 2-3)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2003

ISBN: 0-88899-530-X

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Groundwood

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2003

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The sparkly cover and less-than-exciting interactive elements fail to fully convey the majesty of the watery deep.

DEEP SEA DIVE

LIFT-THE-FLAP ADVENTURES

A diver directly recruits his audience to explore the salty sea.

Closed, the shaped cover follows the curve of the diver’s helmet; open, it evokes goggles through which readers can explore the deep. A variety of underwater creatures are revealed through lifting flaps; brief rhyming text on the undersides of the flaps provides a little informational heft. These rhymes are not distinguished by their lyricism, alas. “Jellyfish are pretty— / some glow in the dark. / But don't swim too close— / their sting leaves a mark.” The simply drawn creatures are not depicted to scale. The seahorse dominates its page, while the toothy shark appears shorter than the sea turtle. Two-toned blue backgrounds evoke waves. Space Walk uses an identical format to survey the planets (all eight of them) and is equally superficial.

The sparkly cover and less-than-exciting interactive elements fail to fully convey the majesty of the watery deep. (Board book. 2-3)

Pub Date: March 1, 2012

ISBN: 978-1-4027-8525-2

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Sterling

Review Posted Online: June 13, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2012

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WAITING FOR BABY

One of a four-book series designed to help the very young prepare for new siblings, this title presents a toddler-and-mother pair (the latter heavily pregnant) as they read about new babies, sort hand-me-downs, buy new toys, visit the obstetrician and the sonographer, speculate and wait. Throughout, the child asks questions and makes exclamations with complete enthusiasm: “How big is the baby? What does it eat? I felt it move! Is it a boy or girl?” Fuller’s jolly pictures present a biracial family that thoroughly enjoys every moment together. It’s a bit oversimplified, but no one can complain about the positive message it conveys, appropriately, to its baby and toddler audience. The other titles in the New Baby series are My New Baby (ISBN: 978-1-84643-276-7), Look at Me! (ISBN: 978-1-84643-278-1) and You and Me (ISBN: 978-1-84643-277-4). (Board book. 18 mos.-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-84643-275-0

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Child's Play

Review Posted Online: June 3, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2010

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