A fine birthday present for early readers.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

From the Sing Along With Me! series

Newly liberated from copyright protection, the birthday song gets a board book.

Everybody knows “Happy Birthday to You,” and little readers can sing along as they manipulate the sliding mechanisms found within this chunky board book. A little bunny wakes up to be greeted by smiling parents with breakfast in bed—clearly a birthday treat. The bunny opens presents, greets friends, and enjoys birthday cake. The sliding components are quite sturdy, but eager readers may still rip out some of the panels. Before they do, they can slide the parent bunnies into the doorway, “open” the big package that contains a brand-new tricycle, pop some friends up over the hedge, and cause those friends to sway in time to the song. The festive illustrations colored with yellows, purples, and blues will certainly draw little ones in. The similarly crafted and simultaneously publishing Hey Diddle Diddle renders the popular Mother Goose nursery rhyme, allowing readers to jump the cow over the moon on the cover. A QR code is included with each board book, enabling tech-savvy adults to download the songs.

A fine birthday present for early readers. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: March 7, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-7636-9505-7

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Nosy Crow/Candlewick

Review Posted Online: Dec. 21, 2016

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Predictable text, a slight storyline, and cutouts that toddlers will use to turn the pages make this an acceptable...

BOO!

From the My Little World series

Six bug-eyed, smiling iconic Halloween characters are startled by mysterious shouts of “Boo!” but little ones won't be fazed.

Beginning with “Night owl, night owl, was that you? / Were you the one who shouted BOO?” the same question is repeated on each page, substituting the name of the Halloween symbol pictured. Young readers will soon know the response: “It wasn't me!” The eyes of the owl, cat, pumpkin, witch, spider, and wizard are nesting, die-cut holes of decreasing size. The character from the previous page is included on each double-page spread, providing visual continuity. The next-to-last spread shows all six characters worriedly asking, “Who's hiding out there in the night?” The final page turn reveals the obvious answer: “It's a ghost!” The placement of the word “Boo” changes on each page, which may confuse toddlers who learn to anticipate text through its consistent appearance. Despite the bright, almost garish illustrations in purple, black, orange, green, blue, and pink, the perennially smiling characters are static and flat; both witch and wizard are Caucasian.

Predictable text, a slight storyline, and cutouts that toddlers will use to turn the pages make this an acceptable introduction to the fun of Halloween. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-68010-501-8

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: Aug. 31, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

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MY PUMPKIN

A trio of monsters enjoy Halloween festivities in this pumpkin-shaped board-book offering.

A fuzzy blue critter with horns, accompanied by a purple dinosaurlike creature and yellow beastie with pigtails, selects a pumpkin from a patch, carves it and takes it to a jack-o’-lantern contest. The rhyming text, with one line per page, is forced and doesn’t scan: “Pumpkin, pumpkin, big and steady, / Costumes and carving, time to get ready!” While the three central characters are appropriately toddler-friendly, monsters dressing up for Halloween is a bit of a conceptual stretch. The shiny orange foil cover and the bright orange pumpkins within are eye-catching, but the rest of the palette—pale blues, greens, grays and browns—causes some of the characters to fade into the scenery in Marts’ quirky cartoons. This slight slice of pumpkin pie will tempt few little trick-or-treaters. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)

 

Pub Date: June 24, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-545-49332-1

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: July 17, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2014

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