A pleasant spring read for emerging speakers.

CHEEP! CHEEP!

From the Can You Say It, Too? series

Spring is in the air, and woodland critters are out to play.

As the seasons change and blossoms bloom, farm animals emerge with their little ones in tow. This lift-the-flap board book contains five double-page spreads, each featuring a different spring scene. A full-grown animal is in view on the left, and its young are hidden beneath a flap to the right. Text asks little readers, “Who’s that under the flowers?” or, “Who’s that beside the basket?” When they lift the flap, they discover an adorable chick or kitten and further text describing the sounds that particular baby makes. Little readers learning to talk will enjoy the variety of sounds as well as the brightly colored, rounded, and painterly illustrations. The pages are bound in a sturdy, faux hardcover fashion, but the flaps are a bit flimsy. Active readers will certainly destroy them after several readings—which they’ll probably want.

A pleasant spring read for emerging speakers. (Board book. 1-2)

Pub Date: March 7, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-7636-9329-9

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Nosy Crow/Candlewick

Review Posted Online: Dec. 21, 2016

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As bright and bold as the holiday it celebrates.

HOP! HOP!

An excited little one celebrates Easter.

The Easter Bunny is on its way, and Patricelli’s one-haired tot is thrilled. He prepares for the holiday by painting eggs and making bunny ears. On the big day, he excitedly looks for Easter eggs while his parents watch. The bold, rounded illustrations catch the eye, with a wide range of colors used throughout. The author pays a little lip service toward education by showing primary colors combining to create secondary colors, but the book's main focus is the exuberance that comes with celebrating the holiday, particularly when the traditions are so new and exciting. The enthusiasm is infectious, and read-alouds will most likely lead to little ones’ looking to do some arts and crafts of their very own.

As bright and bold as the holiday it celebrates. (Board book. 1-2)

Pub Date: Feb. 10, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-7636-6319-3

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: Jan. 20, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2015

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A bright and friendly but no more than serviceable board book.

MY FIRST PEEK-A-BOO ANIMALS

From the World of Eric Carle series

Little readers play peekaboo with animals.

Carle’s iconic illustrations form the centerpiece of this simple lift-the-flap board book. Each double-page spread features an animal obscured by a flap (a solid block of trademark, textured Carle color) on one side and a four-line abcb stanza describing the animal on the opposite page. Readers are given hints about the hidden creature before they play peekaboo and lift the flap to reveal a monkey, horse, turtle, and more. “I’m a big cat, / but I don’t purr. / I’ve got black stripes / and bright orange fur.” Although most of the facts offered are scientifically valid, the ambiguously worded modifier for the monkey’s clue—“With my long tail, / I swing in the trees”—risks imparting the misinformation that monkeys suspend themselves from their tails. Carle’s illustrations are as recognizable to little readers as the characters on Sesame Street or Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and the familiarity breeds appreciation. There’s nothing truly special or distinctive regarding the mechanics of this particular title, but the familiar look acts as a comfort food–esque motivation to get little ones’ attention.

A bright and friendly but no more than serviceable board book. (Board book. 1-2)

Pub Date: June 6, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5344-0105-1

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: June 19, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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