Perfect for one-to-one sharing or small group participation; one reading will not be enough.

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MAX AND RUBY'S TREASURE HUNT

From the Max & Ruby series

Wells cultivates her taproot into the minds and actions of young kids for an exuberant return adventure for Max and Ruby.

When a thunderstorm ruins Ruby’s tea party, Grandma suggests the four bunnies have a treasure hunt. “There are seven clues hidden in seven places….Follow the clues, and you will find the treasure.” Each clue is a nursery rhyme with a missing word that rhymes: “I’m a little ______, short and stout. Tip me over and pour me out!” The clue is concealed under a flap on the page, and the bunnies excitedly fill in the missing word on the following page. The final treasure box has five gold coins filled with chocolate—but wait, there are only four bunnies! They decide to give the fifth to Lily’s doll, Dagmar, but where is she? Instead of ending the story with the discovery of the treasure, Wells adds one more fillip of fun as the bunnies retrace their steps and clues to find the doll. The large format and heavy paper are filled with Wells’ sprightly and charming illustrations, with borders added to the bottom of the clue pages that repeat an image of the rhyme: Jack jumps over the candlestick; Miss Mary Mack sits back to, showing off her silver buttons, buttons, buttons.

Perfect for one-to-one sharing or small group participation; one reading will not be enough.   (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: Oct. 30, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-670-06317-8

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: July 25, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2012

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Plotless and pointless, the book clearly exists only because its celebrity author wrote it.

YOUR BABY'S FIRST WORD WILL BE DADA

A succession of animal dads do their best to teach their young to say “Dada” in this picture-book vehicle for Fallon.

A grumpy bull says, “DADA!”; his calf moos back. A sad-looking ram insists, “DADA!”; his lamb baas back. A duck, a bee, a dog, a rabbit, a cat, a mouse, a donkey, a pig, a frog, a rooster, and a horse all fail similarly, spread by spread. A final two-spread sequence finds all of the animals arrayed across the pages, dads on the verso and children on the recto. All the text prior to this point has been either iterations of “Dada” or animal sounds in dialogue bubbles; here, narrative text states, “Now everybody get in line, let’s say it together one more time….” Upon the turn of the page, the animal dads gaze round-eyed as their young across the gutter all cry, “DADA!” (except the duckling, who says, “quack”). Ordóñez's illustrations have a bland, digital look, compositions hardly varying with the characters, although the pastel-colored backgrounds change. The punch line fails from a design standpoint, as the sudden, single-bubble chorus of “DADA” appears to be emanating from background features rather than the baby animals’ mouths (only some of which, on close inspection, appear to be open). It also fails to be funny.

Plotless and pointless, the book clearly exists only because its celebrity author wrote it. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: June 9, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-250-00934-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Review Posted Online: April 15, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2015

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Readers are likely to love it to the moon and back.

WILL YOU BE MY FRIEND?

Little Nutbrown Hare ventures out into the wide world and comes back with a new companion in this sequel to Guess How Much I Love You (1994).

Big Nutbrown Hare is too busy, so after asking permission, Little Nutbrown Hare scampers off over the rolling meadow to play by himself. After discovering that neither his shadow nor his reflection make satisfactory playmates (“You’re only another me!”), Little Nutbrown comes to Cloudy Mountain…and meets “Someone real!” It’s a white bunny who introduces herself as Tipps. But a wonderful round of digging and building and chasing about reaches an unexpected end with a game of hide-and-seek, because both hares hide! After waiting a long time to be found, Little Nutbrown Hare hops on home in disappointment, wondering whether he’ll ever see Tipps again. As it turns out, it doesn’t take long to find out, since she has followed him. “Now, where on earth did she come from?” wonders Big Nutbrown. “Her name is Tipps,” Little Nutbrown proudly replies, “and she’s my friend.” Jeram’s spacious, pale-toned, naturalistic outdoor scenes create a properly idyllic setting for this cozy development in a tender child-caregiver relationship—which hasn’t lost a bit of its appealing intimacy in the more than 25 years since its first appearance. As in the first, Big Nutbrown Hare is ungendered, facilitating pleasingly flexible readings.

Readers are likely to love it to the moon and back. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: Sept. 29, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-5362-1747-6

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: June 30, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2020

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