The colorful critters from the popular app celebrate Christmas in a board book with tactile elements.
Jack, Robin, Harvey, and Jinja are trekking home through the snow after a Christmas sing-along. The simply rendered, round animals encounter different neighbors along the way, helping them out as best they can. Robin gives a soft scarf to Binky when she hears him complain about the cold. Jinja lights a crackling fire on the shore of the pond for Fins. Eventually the gang gets home, where Dennis makes them hot chocolate. The illustrations juxtapose the dulled neon app characters against the blues and greens of winter. The touch-and-feel elements are varied, and little tots used to poking and prodding these characters on their parent’s phones will enjoy interacting with them here. These elements are sandwiched between board layers, and the edges of the die-cut holes they peek through will prove irresistible to prying fingers, limiting the book’s lifetime. Kids unfamiliar with the game will find enough to enjoy here to pass the time; neither the text nor the art compel independently.
A cute-enough expansion of a brand with little else going for it. (Board book. 2-4)