CHICKEN, PIG, COW ON THE MOVE

In their second adventure (Chicken, Pig, Cow, 2008), the toy trio is in need of some elbow room. While they love their barn and their best friend Dog (a real, live animal), they do not love standing on top of one another. But Pig’s choice of a fuzzy slipper is too linty, and Cow’s spot under the chair is too scary—the vacuum looms. Chicken’s choice, though, is deemed perfect, and the three move into the fully furnished dollhouse. But when night falls, they miss Dog…and each other. Midnight finds them all crammed into the bathtub, while morning finds yet a new dilemma. Luckily Dog comes to their rescue. Ohi’s charming watercolors vary the perspective, allowing readers to see the toys both at their own level and as the relatively tiny playthings they truly are. White backgrounds and simple details keep the focus on the action, while the trio’s droll comments will amuse the grown-ups. Here’s hoping their next adventure is just as lovable and sparks just as many musings about the secret lives of toys and pets. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2009

ISBN: 978-1-55451-194-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Annick Press

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2009

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A sweet reminder that it’s easy to weather a storm with the company and kindness of friends.

GOOD NIGHT, LITTLE BLUE TRUCK

Is it a stormy-night scare or a bedtime book? Both!

Little Blue Truck and his good friend Toad are heading home when a storm lets loose. Before long, their familiar, now very nervous barnyard friends (Goat, Hen, Goose, Cow, Duck, and Pig) squeeze into the garage. Blue explains that “clouds bump and tumble in the sky, / but here inside we’re warm and dry, / and all the thirsty plants below / will get a drink to help them grow!” The friends begin to relax. “Duck said, loud as he could quack it, / ‘THUNDER’S JUST A NOISY RACKET!’ ” In the quiet after the storm, the barnyard friends are sleepy, but the garage is not their home. “ ‘Beep!’ said Blue. ‘Just hop inside. / All aboard for the bedtime ride!’ ” Young readers will settle down for their own bedtimes as Blue and Toad drop each friend at home and bid them a good night before returning to the garage and their own beds. “Blue gave one small sleepy ‘Beep.’ / Then Little Blue Truck fell fast asleep.” Joseph’s rich nighttime-blue illustrations (done “in the style of [series co-creator] Jill McElmurry”) highlight the power of the storm and capture the still serenity that follows. Little Blue Truck has been chugging along since 2008, but there seems to be plenty of gas left in the tank.

A sweet reminder that it’s easy to weather a storm with the company and kindness of friends. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 22, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-328-85213-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: HMH Books

Review Posted Online: June 23, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2019

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Little Owl loves the night forest. He can’t imagine a better place. He glides from friend to friend, watching and listening....

LITTLE OWL'S NIGHT

A graceful bedtime story celebrates the beauty found in night.

Little Owl loves the night forest. He can’t imagine a better place. He glides from friend to friend, watching and listening. Hedgehog snuffles for mushrooms. Turtle hides in her shell as fireflies dot the sky. But try as he might, Little Owl cannot wake Bear inside the Grumbly Cave. He snores soundly. But what if the bear has never seen stars? As morning draws near, Little Owl settles in on his branch and whispers softly to his mother, “[T]ell me again how night ends.” “Spiderwebs turn to silver threads,” she begins. “The sky brightens from black to blue, blue to red, red to gold.” But Little Owl does not hear. His wide, innocent green eyes have already shut tight. Srinivasan’s picture-book debut beckons readers to follow this curiously adorable creature through the sky. The moon and stars illuminate the dark background, and a flat palette of black, greens and browns blankets the forest in quiet stillness. More lyrical than linear, the story flits from one animal to the next. But readers won’t mind.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-670-01295-4

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Aug. 31, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2011

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