Though there’s no real resolution, the concept of pure fun will surely resonate.

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THE COW SAID NEIGH!

A FARM STORY

Envy on the farm has animals wishing they could each behave and speak like the other—with inane results.

The cow in the barn observes the horse in the field and thinks, “If I were a horse, I could run free all day.” To emphasize his desire, he lets out a “NEIGH!” (Yes, this cow is gendered male.) The horse, on the other hand, looks at the duck swimming in the pond and laments, “If I were a duck, bet they’d stay off my back.” With that, a “QUACK” bolsters his view. In turn, the duck longs for a winter coat like the sheep, the sheep wants to dig in the mud like the pig, the pig wants to be tough like the guard dog, the dog wants to be inside like the cat, and the cat longs to be a man like the farmer. Each makes the iconic sound of the animal he wishes to be, creating a cacophony of mixed-up noises. After the cat says “Hello,” the surprised farmer decides to join in the fun and produces “a big…MOOOOOO!” Bright paintings in an expressive animated style add to the humor of the rhyming narrative. Preschoolers will surely giggle at the erroneous sounds coming out of each animal and perhaps suppress an urge to correct. The farmer presents white.

Though there’s no real resolution, the concept of pure fun will surely resonate. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 2, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-4003-1171-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Review Posted Online: July 16, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2018

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A rudimentary introduction, with licensed characters that are just along for the ride.

IT'S RAMADAN, CURIOUS GEORGE

For one special month, George accompanies a young friend through fasts, feasts, and good works at the mosque.

Such headers as “Waiting for Sunset” and “Sharing with Others,” along with glimpses of stars and crescents in the background and a “Ramadan Mubarak” banner, offer oblique references to some basic themes and symbols, but Ramadan’s purpose, many of its practices, and even the word “Muslim” go unmentioned in this tabbed board book. Khan’s rhyme lumbers along (“George can’t wait for tomorrow, / When the month of Ramadan will start. / It’s a special time of year for his friends, / And George is going to take part!”). Meanwhile, Young plugs George and the Man in the Yellow Hat into scenes with Kareem, his father, and his hijab-wearing mother. (Kareem and his dad appear to be black; his mother is lighter-skinned.) They make cookies, gather with friends at sunset to break their daily fast and pray (offstage), then enjoy “Kabobs, curry, veggies, and rice” with chocolate-dipped bananas for dessert. At the mosque, George helps Kareem make food baskets and tries to pass out the racked shoes until an imam gently stops him. Finally, beneath a thin crescent moon at month’s end, George gets a new vest (and the Man a yellow fez) for the celebration of Eid.

A rudimentary introduction, with licensed characters that are just along for the ride. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: May 3, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-544-65226-2

Page Count: 14

Publisher: HMH Books

Review Posted Online: March 2, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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Peppa Pig partisans will be pleased, but the book does little that hasn’t been done elsewhere already.

I CAN BE ANYTHING!

From the Peppa Pig series

Peppa Pig, of British TV fame, loves to dress up and imagines herself in a variety of professions on these subtly Peppa-shaped pages.

In dance class, she pretends to be a ballerina, and at “Mummy Pig’s volunteer firehouse, Peppa imagines she is a firefighter, too.” In five further double-page tableaux, she role-plays—and bucks some gender stereotypes—at being a chef, a nurse, a construction worker, and an astronaut. Peppa Pig fans will recognize their favorite pink heroine, complete with her signature Picasso-esque eye placement and red dress, and several supporting critters (including Pedro Pony) of a variety of species fill out the simply drawn, bland, full-bleed digital scenes. The text consists of two to three sentences of simple narration and the name of each career with a few important action words set in bold, colored type. The final spread reviews all the jobs Peppa explored, emphasizing that she “loves to imagine that she can be anything when she grows up.”

Peppa Pig partisans will be pleased, but the book does little that hasn’t been done elsewhere already. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Aug. 28, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-338-22883-0

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Sept. 17, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2019

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