PEEKABOO PRESENTS by Night & Day Studios


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Age Range: 1 - 3
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The interactive app becomes a holiday board book.

A bounty of presents is under the tree, and it’s up to readers to discover the contents of each box by lifting flaps. The book's text is incredibly simple: readers are asked, "What's in the blue box?" and, upon lifting a blue flap, are told "kitten." The absence of an exclamation point under each flap is indicative of the book's larger problems: there's no excitement here. Readers are asked, "What's in the orange box? What's in the pink box?" and on and on till the end of the book, which concludes with "So many presents!” and "Happy Holidays!" against a backdrop of a sea of toys. There are the exclamation points, but they are too little, too late. Tiny tots who love lifting flaps will have no complaints (once they pry the flaps up and before they tear them off), but older readers may be a bit too sophisticated for this blatant app-turned-book cash grab. There's no spark of creativity to the illustrations, no humor or wit in the text. Readers will lift the flaps and move on to far more exciting and worthy holiday reads.

Utterly forgettable. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 8th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-7636-7567-7
Page count: 20pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2015


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