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

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ONE MORE TICKLE!

A GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU PUPPET BOOK

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. 2, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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A happily multisensory exploration.

NOISY FARM

From the My First Touch and Feel Sound Book series

Farm animals make realistic noises as youngsters press embedded tactile features.

“Pat the cow’s back to hear her ‘Moo!’ ” Readers can press the fuzzy, black circle on a Holstein cow to hear its recorded noise. This formula is repeated on each double-page spread, one per farm critter (roosters, piglets, lambs and horses). Using stock photography, several smaller images of the animals appear on the left, and a full-page close-up dominates the right. The final two pages are a review of the five farmyard creatures and include a photo of each as well as a review of their sounds in succession via a touch of a button. While the layout is a little busy, the selection of photos and the tactile elements are nicely diverse. The text is simple enough for little ones, encourages interaction (“Can you baa like a lamb?”) and uses animal-specific vocabulary (fleece; mane). The sister title, Noisy Trucks (978-1-58925-609-5), follows much the same format, but, here, the stars are big rigs, monster trucks, fire trucks, backhoes and cement mixers. While the photos will thrill the vehicle-obsessed, the noises are less distinctive, save the fire truck’s siren. The facts about each type of vehicle provide just enough information: “A fire truck has a loud siren, ladders to climb, and hoses that spray water.” Despite the age recommendation of 3 years and up suggested on the back cover, the construction (with the battery secured by screw behind a plastic panel) looks sturdy and safe enough for younger readers.

A happily multisensory exploration. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-58925-610-1

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: Sept. 14, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2014

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This brisk read is a solid accompaniment to Easter preparations.

THIS LITTLE BUNNY

Little bunnies prepare for the definitive bunny holiday.

Bunnies prepare for Easter in this board book. In verse set to the cadence of “This Little Piggy,” bunnies go to market, bake a cake, paint eggs, weave a basket, and do all sorts of other things to get ready for Easter. Rescek’s illustrations take full advantage of spring’s color palette, employing purples, pinks, oranges, and blues and incorporating striped and spotted ovals evoking Easter eggs. Little readers learning about the Easter Bunny for the first time will be delighted to get a peek at the process bunnies may go through to prepare for Easter and how it mirrors activities they perform with their parents.

This brisk read is a solid accompaniment to Easter preparations. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4998-0105-7

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Little Bee

Review Posted Online: April 13, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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