HOOT! HOOT!

From the Can You Say It, Too? series

An excellent read for babies beginning to develop their voices.

Little ones learn to mimic the music of the night.

The nocturnal creatures that chirp and sniff all night long are given the spotlight in this lift-the-flap board book. Each double-page spread depicts an evening scene, progressing later into the night as the book proceeds, and features a flap on the right-hand page and a prodding hint on the left. For example, "Who's that beside the flowerpot?" readers are asked, and upon lifting the large flap, they discover "It's a busy mouse!! Squeak! Squeak!!" Other animals featured include an owl, a fox, a squirrel, and a snoring rabbit with her kits. Each animal is given a distinct sound, and readers are encouraged to make the noise too. The flaps are large and sturdy, so even the smallest hands will be able to discover the charming creatures. The board book is handsomely bound, with thick, high-quality pages found within. This is a book that's built to last.

An excellent read for babies beginning to develop their voices. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Aug. 25, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-7636-7588-2

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Nosy Crow

Review Posted Online: July 26, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

THE ABCS OF LOVE

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, but the syrupy sweetness will cloy after the holiday.

Animal parents declare their love for their offspring in alphabetical order.

Each page displays an enormous capital letter, one line of verse with the keyword capitalized, and a loving nonhuman parent gazing adoringly at their baby. “A is for Always. I always love you more. / B is for Butterfly kisses. It’s you that I adore.” While not named or labelled as such, the A is also for an alligator and its hatchling and B is for a butterfly and a butterfly child (not a caterpillar—biology is not the aim of this title) interacting in some way with the said letter. For E there are an elephant and a calf; U features a unicorn and foal; and X, keyed to the last letter of the animal’s name, corresponds to a fox and three pups. The final double-page spread shows all the featured creatures and their babies as the last line declares: “Baby, I love you from A to Z!” The verse is standard fare and appropriately sentimental. The art is cartoony-cute and populated by suitably loving critters on solid backgrounds. Hearts accent each scene, but the theme of the project is never in any doubt.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, but the syrupy sweetness will cloy after the holiday. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-7282-2095-6

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Sourcebooks Wonderland

Review Posted Online: Jan. 26, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2021

SMILE, POUT-POUT FISH

An upbeat early book on feelings with a simple storyline that little ones will respond to.

This simplified version of Diesen and Hanna’s The Pout-Pout Fish (2008) is appropriate for babies and toddlers.

Brief, rhyming text tells the story of a sullen fish cheered up with a kiss. A little pink sea creature pokes his head out of a hole in the sea bottom to give the gloomy fish some advice: “Smile, Mr. Fish! / You look so down // With your glum-glum face / And your pout-pout frown.” He explains that there’s no reason to be worried, scared, sad or mad and concludes: “How about a smooch? / And a cheer-up wish? // Now you look happy: / What a smile, Mr. Fish!” Simple and sweet, this tale offers the lesson that sometimes, all that’s needed for a turnaround in mood is some cheer and encouragement to change our perspective. The clean, uncluttered illustrations are kept simple, except for the pout-pout fish’s features, which are delightfully expressive. Little ones will easily recognize and likely try to copy the sad, scared and angry looks that cross the fish’s face.

An upbeat early book on feelings with a simple storyline that little ones will respond to. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 7, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-374-37084-8

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: Dec. 23, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2014

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