Young readers will fall for these endearing friends.

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A RAINY DAY WITH HEDGEHOG AND RABBIT

From the Hedgehog and Rabbit series

Two sweetly innocent friends discover rain.

As Hedgehog and Rabbit enjoy their garden together, a drop of water lands on Rabbit’s ear. Scared by this, he hides in his hollow log. A drop of water also lands on Hedgehog; in his case it tickles and makes him laugh, so he goes looking for Rabbit to tell him. In both cases they believe someone threw the water at them, and now they are out to find the culprit. As they emerge from the hollow log, Rabbit notices something strange: The sky is no longer blue—“it’s…it’s lost its color!” Confused, they wonder whether “whoever threw water at us also took the color out of the sky?” There is definitely a mystery to be solved here. Humor abounds both in the text and in the bright, cartoon illustrations, especially as the friends eventually arrive at the owls’ home. The owls suggest rain might have thrown the water, and “You can’t do anything except take cover and wait for it to get tired and stop.” Still not fully understanding what rain is, the friends take cover and wait, eventually falling asleep. When they wake up “They’d done it! The sun was back in the middle of the bright blue sky.” Translated by Dawlatly from the Spanish Erizo y Conejo descubren la lluvia, this rendering captures the charming silliness of the original story.

Young readers will fall for these endearing friends. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: April 30, 2019

ISBN: 978-84-946551-9-7

Page Count: 36

Publisher: nubeOCHO

Review Posted Online: Feb. 6, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2019

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Daddy-and-child dog lovers can try some of these canine ways of expressing affection.

DADDIES ARE AWESOME

Puppies celebrate the many ways their dads are awesome.

“Daddies are playful. / They swing you around. // You ride on their shoulders / or hang upside down.” The first spread pictures a scruffy pup, mouth clamped on its dad’s tail, hanging. The second features a long dachshund, his four pups using the large expanse of his back as a jungle gym or resting spot. The husky dad is labeled as daring, brave, and strong, while the hound takes his pup on adventures (digging and hiding under a bush). Other dog dads give kisses and tickles, tell bedtime stories and help count sheep (a stuffed toy), and help their pups grow (challenging them with stairs and carrying them when the going gets tough). Lovšin creatively interprets some of the text that applies well to kids but not so well to canines: dad and pup at each end of a long stick held in their mouths is the dog equivalent of holding hands. Though many dog breeds will be familiar, some are just mutts, though all are shown caring for and enjoying the company of their offspring. White backgrounds keep the focus on the dogs.

Daddy-and-child dog lovers can try some of these canine ways of expressing affection. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: May 17, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-62779-452-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: March 16, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2016

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Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles.

THE DINKY DONKEY

Even more alliterative hanky-panky from the creators of The Wonky Donkey (2010).

Operating on the principle (valid, here) that anything worth doing is worth overdoing, Smith and Cowley give their wildly popular Wonky Donkey a daughter—who, being “cute and small,” was a “dinky donkey”; having “beautiful long eyelashes” she was in consequence a “blinky dinky donkey”; and so on…and on…and on until the cumulative chorus sails past silly and ludicrous to irresistibly hysterical: “She was a stinky funky plinky-plonky winky-tinky,” etc. The repeating “Hee Haw!” chorus hardly suggests what any audience’s escalating response will be. In the illustrations the daughter sports her parent’s big, shiny eyes and winsome grin while posing in a multicolored mohawk next to a rustic boombox (“She was a punky blinky”), painting her hooves pink, crossing her rear legs to signal a need to pee (“winky-tinky inky-pinky”), demonstrating her smelliness with the help of a histrionic hummingbird, and finally cozying up to her proud, evidently single parent (there’s no sign of another) for a closing cuddle.

Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-60083-4

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2019

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