ONE MORE TICKLE!

A GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU PUPPET BOOK

This will give readers a case of the giggles, but they won't be rolling on the floor in hysterics.

The lovable hares return for a ticklefest.

Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare are playing in the evening sunshine when the little one asks the larger, "Are you ticklish?" Thus begins an exchange of tickles that will have little ones giggling for sure. The book comes with a decently sized puppet Nutbrown Hare sewn into the back and sticking through the centrally die-cut pages that can be used to tickle little readers, body part by body part, as the pages turn. The only drawback to this book is the puppet, and it pertains only to those with large hands. Meaty-handed adult readers may not be able to fit their hands in the puppet or successfully turn pages without getting their knuckles caught, but those with less-substantial hands will likely be able to pull it off. Even they may find the puppet-and-book apparatus cumbersome enough that they abandon the puppet and just tickle directly, without risking koshing their little ones with the book’s edges. Jeram’s softly toned illustrations return with the Nutbrown Hares, providing a gently amusing background to the tickling.

This will give readers a case of the giggles, but they won't be rolling on the floor in hysterics. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Feb. 9, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-7636-8819-6

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: Feb. 1, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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THE ABCS OF LOVE

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, but the syrupy sweetness will cloy after the holiday.

Animal parents declare their love for their offspring in alphabetical order.

Each page displays an enormous capital letter, one line of verse with the keyword capitalized, and a loving nonhuman parent gazing adoringly at their baby. “A is for Always. I always love you more. / B is for Butterfly kisses. It’s you that I adore.” While not named or labelled as such, the A is also for an alligator and its hatchling and B is for a butterfly and a butterfly child (not a caterpillar—biology is not the aim of this title) interacting in some way with the said letter. For E there are an elephant and a calf; U features a unicorn and foal; and X, keyed to the last letter of the animal’s name, corresponds to a fox and three pups. The final double-page spread shows all the featured creatures and their babies as the last line declares: “Baby, I love you from A to Z!” The verse is standard fare and appropriately sentimental. The art is cartoony-cute and populated by suitably loving critters on solid backgrounds. Hearts accent each scene, but the theme of the project is never in any doubt.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, but the syrupy sweetness will cloy after the holiday. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-7282-2095-6

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Sourcebooks Wonderland

Review Posted Online: Jan. 26, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2021

SMILE, POUT-POUT FISH

An upbeat early book on feelings with a simple storyline that little ones will respond to.

This simplified version of Diesen and Hanna’s The Pout-Pout Fish (2008) is appropriate for babies and toddlers.

Brief, rhyming text tells the story of a sullen fish cheered up with a kiss. A little pink sea creature pokes his head out of a hole in the sea bottom to give the gloomy fish some advice: “Smile, Mr. Fish! / You look so down // With your glum-glum face / And your pout-pout frown.” He explains that there’s no reason to be worried, scared, sad or mad and concludes: “How about a smooch? / And a cheer-up wish? // Now you look happy: / What a smile, Mr. Fish!” Simple and sweet, this tale offers the lesson that sometimes, all that’s needed for a turnaround in mood is some cheer and encouragement to change our perspective. The clean, uncluttered illustrations are kept simple, except for the pout-pout fish’s features, which are delightfully expressive. Little ones will easily recognize and likely try to copy the sad, scared and angry looks that cross the fish’s face.

An upbeat early book on feelings with a simple storyline that little ones will respond to. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 7, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-374-37084-8

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: Dec. 23, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2014

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