JUST ME

A young bunny compares himself to the members of his family.

Bob the bunny doesn’t have his aunt’s nose, his sister’s legs or his brother’s musical talent. Bob is Bob, though readers never really learn much more about him than that. Beyond the obvious—that he’s a cute little rabbit wearing a blue-and-white striped shirt—he is defined solely by the characteristics he does not share with othersAt the end of the story, he says to his mother (who smiles but still looks somewhat disappointed): “No, mom, no. It’s me, Bob. Just me.” The abrupt ending may leave readers wondering what prompted Bob to say such things. Was his mother hoping for someone else? Does she suffer from double vision, amnesia or dementia? The simple, uncluttered graphics are energized by vibrant colors and slight animation. A handful of pages offer modest rewards for tapping, holding, tilting or swiping the screen. The story, which offers no narration, is (optionally) accompanied by a classical piano piece that is lovely but can become somewhat intense in spots. The final page offers a cute “choose whom to photograph” feature, whereby readers can drag a frame down a line of family members and take pictures.  Bold colors, minimalist illustrations and the low level of interaction/animation makes the app just about right for the intended audience, so long as they aren't hoping for concrete resolution. (iPad storybook app. 1-5)

 

Pub Date: Nov. 16, 2011

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Luis Parravicini

Review Posted Online: Dec. 20, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2012

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Beloved Little Blue takes a bit of the mystery—and fear—out of Halloween costumes.

LITTLE BLUE TRUCK'S HALLOWEEN

A lift-the-flap book gives the littlest trick-or-treaters some practice identifying partygoers under their costumes.

Little Blue Truck and his buddy Toad are off to a party, and they invite readers (and a black cat) along for the ride: “ ‘Beep! Beep! Beep!’ / says Little Blue. / ‘It’s Halloween!’ / You come, too.” As they drive, they are surprised (and joined) by many of their friends in costume. “Who’s that in a tutu / striking a pose / up on the tiniest / tips of her toes? / Under the mask / who do you see?” Lifting the flap unmasks a friend: “ ‘Quack!’ says the duck. / ‘It’s me! It’s me!’ ” The sheep is disguised as a clown, the cow’s a queen, the pig’s a witch, the hen and her chick are pirates, and the horse is a dragon. Not to be left out, Little Blue has a costume, too. The flaps are large and sturdy, and enough of the animals’ characteristic features are visible under and around the costumes that little ones will be able to make successful guesses even on the first reading. Lovely curvy shapes and autumn colors fade to dusky blues as night falls, and children are sure to notice the traditional elements of a Halloween party: apple bobbing, lit jack-o’-lanterns, and punch and treats.

Beloved Little Blue takes a bit of the mystery—and fear—out of Halloween costumes. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-544-77253-3

Page Count: 16

Publisher: HMH Books

Review Posted Online: July 20, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2016

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A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character.

SPOOKY POOKIE

One of Boynton's signature characters celebrates Halloween.

It's Halloween time, and Pookie the pig is delighted. Mom helps the little porker pick out the perfect Halloween costume, a process that spans the entire board book. Using an abcb rhyme scheme, Boynton dresses Pookie in a series of cheerful costumes, including a dragon, a bunny, and even a caped superhero. Pookie eventually settles on the holiday classic, a ghost, by way of a bedsheet. Boynton sprinkles in amusing asides to her stanzas as Pookie offers costume commentary ("It's itchy"; "It's hot"; "I feel silly"). Little readers will enjoy the notion of transforming themselves with their own Halloween costumes while reading this book, and a few parents may get some ideas as well. Boynton's clean, sharp illustrations are as good as ever. This is Pookie's first holiday title, but readers will surely welcome more.

A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: July 7, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-553-51233-5

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Robin Corey/Random

Review Posted Online: July 27, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

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