PEEK-A-WHO?

From the Peek-a series

The classic child’s game of peek-a-boo becomes an exuberant guessing game in this compact, colorful board book from Laden (When Pigasso Met Mootisse, 1998). Each of the riddles begin with the phrase “Peek a” on one page. The facing page contains a cut out in an enlarged keyhole shape, allowing the reader a brief glimpse of the underlying picture. Readers can then attempt to solve the puzzle before turning the page to reveal the complete picture. The rest of the rhyme is printed on the facing page, e.g., one riddle reveals a quixotic collection of cheerful animals. The answer? “Peek a Zoo,” of course! Laden provides plenty of clues for the youngest reader. The artwork on each overlaying page is decorated in a theme to match the answer, and the solution to every riddle always rhymes with boo. Color saturates every page, easily capturing a child’s attention. The array of cheerful creatures (and one choo-choo train) populating the pages and Laden’s whimsical rhymes make this a book little one’s will reach for again and again. Companion book is Ready, Set, Go! (Board book. 6 mos.-2)

Pub Date: April 1, 2000

ISBN: 0-8118-2602-3

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2000

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A witty addition to the long-running series.

THE DEEP END

From the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series , Vol. 15

The Wimpy Kid hits the road.

The Heffley clan has been stuck living together in Gramma’s basement for two months, waiting for the family home to be repaired, and the constant togetherness has been getting on everybody’s nerves. Luckily Greg’s Uncle Gary has a camper waiting for someone to use it, and so the Heffleys set off on the open road looking for an adventurous vacation, hoping the changing scenery will bring a spark back to the family unit. The winding road leads the Heffleys to a sprawling RV park, a setting teeming with possibilities for Greg to get up to his usual shenanigans. Greg’s snarky asides and misadventures continue to entertain. At this point the Wimpy Kid books run like a well-oiled machine, paced perfectly with witty lines, smart gags, and charming cartoons. Kinney knows just where to put a joke, the precise moment to give a character shading, and exactly how to get the narrative rolling, spinning out the oddest plot developments. The appreciation Kinney has for these characters seeps through the novels, endearing the Heffleys to readers even through this title, the 15th installment in a franchise boasting spinoffs, movies, and merchandise. There may come a time when Greg and his family overstay their welcome, but thankfully that day still seems far off.

A witty addition to the long-running series. (Humor. 7-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 27, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-4197-4868-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Amulet/Abrams

Review Posted Online: Nov. 24, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2020

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IF I RAN THE CIRCUS

The Circus McGurkus got started, they say, in the mind of young Morris McGurk, who one day got to thinking about the big vacant lot behind Sneelock's store. What a wonderful spot it would make for a tent and some animals, he thought. From the Foon to the Hoodwink they come prancing by to give you a treat of the Seuss's mind's eye and with Sneelock as hero and Morris announcing, we have a Circus McGurkus astounding.

Pub Date: Oct. 12, 1956

ISBN: 039480080X

Page Count: 84

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: Oct. 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1956

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