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HUSH-A-BYE BUNNY

Going through this everyday routine with Bunny may assist adults in putting their own little bunnies to bed.

It’s that time of the day when Bunny must put all the toys away, eat a delicious dinner of carrots, radishes, and greens, have a bath, put on pajamas, and cuddle up with a loving adult rabbit while they read a book together.

The text is a loving, soothing four-line rhyme on every double-page spread, each one starting with the same first line: “Hush-a-bye, Bunny / my sweet sleepyhead. / Let’s eat up our dinner— / it’s soon time for bed.” The pastel illustrations show a charming little toddler Bunny wearing a striped green shirt playing with gender-neutral toys (stuffed animals, balls, coloring books) and then going through the usual evening routine up to donning a yellow polka-dot sleeper after the bath and listening to the older rabbit read a bunny mermaid book. However, when it’s time to get into bed and switch off the light, Bunny is not happy and gets tearful. The adult rabbit promises to “hug away worries / and kiss away tears,” which helps comfort Bunny into slumber. Back-of-the-book text refers to the adult rabbit, who wears a reddish-pink striped shirt, as Mommy Bunny, but the tender relationship they enjoy together is one that could exist between any loving adult and child.

Going through this everyday routine with Bunny may assist adults in putting their own little bunnies to bed. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: March 7, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-7636-9459-3

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Nosy Crow

Review Posted Online: March 14, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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FAMILIES BELONG

A joyful celebration.

Families in a variety of configurations play, dance, and celebrate together.

The rhymed verse, based on a song from the Noodle Loaf children’s podcast, declares that “Families belong / Together like a puzzle / Different-sized people / One big snuggle.” The accompanying image shows an interracial couple of caregivers (one with brown skin and one pale) cuddling with a pajama-clad toddler with light brown skin and surrounded by two cats and a dog. Subsequent pages show a wide array of families with members of many different racial presentations engaging in bike and bus rides, indoor dance parties, and more. In some, readers see only one caregiver: a father or a grandparent, perhaps. One same-sex couple with two children in tow are expecting another child. Smart’s illustrations are playful and expressive, curating the most joyful moments of family life. The verse, punctuated by the word together, frequently set in oversized font, is gently inclusive at its best but may trip up readers with its irregular rhythms. The song that inspired the book can be found on the Noodle Loaf website.

A joyful celebration. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-22276-8

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Rise x Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: Nov. 26, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2020

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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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