Based on a popular app, this board book allows little ones to open and close barn doors to greet familiar farm animals.
Each beast makes its iconic sound as spelled out in black text on the left-hand page, while on the right appears a red-and-white barn with barn-door flaps ready to be opened. Inside the barn, readers meet cartoon critters, such as a rooster, goat, cat, horse, dog, cow and more, with friendly expressions and highly dilated pupils. The flat, cartoon images of the barn, sun, fence and fields appear the same on almost every page, with the position of the clouds the only element that adds variety. The barn’s upper-window flap opens only twice, to reveal a cat and then a mouse. While the flaps have nicely rounded corners, they are not likely to survive robust play. The last double-page spread shows a starry nighttime sky and a few of the animals quietly sleeping in the barn. The front cover promises "free app with purchase," and underneath a scratch-off overlay is a download code to obtain it; readers not familiar with the procedure can visit the app developer’s website for instructions.
Many a toddler will appreciate this title's simple and reassuringly predictable content. (Board book. 1-3)