What better way for things-that-go enthusiasts to expand their repertoire? (Informational board book. 3-6)


A handsome introduction to a variety of oceangoing watercraft for preschool readers.

With clear and uncluttered illustrations, 15 watercraft in all are presented: a sailboat, a cargo ship, a fishing boat, an aircraft carrier, a ferry, a submarine, a clipper, an oil tanker, a diving boat, a car-carrier ship, a research vessel, a police boat, and a cruise ship. Each two-page spread presents the boat in question, with its name and some information about it. As a bonus, each vessel also displays a signal flag with an accompanying explanation on the message the flag conveys. The mixed-media artwork has a clean, modern graphic sensibility that is very attractive. The book will likely appeal to a wide age range, with the youngest delighting in naming and identifying, moving on to older children, who will be interested in the information provided; those who have already started to identify letters and understand the rudiments of written communication will be fascinated by yet another coding system in the shape of signal flags. The sturdy board-book format will come in handy, as it will likely be looked at over and over again.

What better way for things-that-go enthusiasts to expand their repertoire? (Informational board book. 3-6)

Pub Date: May 25, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-7148-7671-9

Page Count: 30

Publisher: Phaidon

Review Posted Online: June 11, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2018

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An idyllic miniodyssey for young tars and travelers alike.



A small red boat chugs through seas rough and smooth, past fish, floating plastic, and other nautical sights.

The voyage, printed on one side of a long, accordion-folded sheet, begins in a crowded harbor, continues past a (rather lush) “desert island” and through a storm, pauses while the crew (one brown-skinned, one pale) nets some floating garbage, then passes icebergs and seals on the way to a new mooring. “This little ship has seen so many things on its travels. Goodbye, ocean! Hello, land!” Expanded explanations of the kinds of ships and boats on view, along with a cutaway look at the red boat’s insides, notes on water safety and the importance of picking up litter, glimpses of select wildlife from gulls to whales, and a taste of nautical flags and terminology fill the overleaf. The animals smile, the two sailors cuddle in a peaceful moment, and, except in the storm scene, the waters in Mineker’s simple, stylized illustrations are glassy smooth, so there’s an overall sense of sunny serenity to the entire outing. The format lends itself equally well to sharing on laps or laying it out on the floor.

An idyllic miniodyssey for young tars and travelers alike. (Informational novelty. 3-5)

Pub Date: March 2, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-78312-615-6

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Welbeck Children's

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2021

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Right on track! (Board book. 3-6)



This delightful board book unfolds to become a train almost 6 feet long with lots to explore in each car.

Each page in this concertina-structured book is a train car covered by a big flap, hinged at the top of the page. Lift the flap, and the interior of the car is revealed. Readers can unfold the book to see the train in its full length. Anthropomorphized animals and a multiethnic, multicultural cast of characters constitute the passengers on the train. Colorful cartoonlike illustrations include a gnome, a brawny, kilted white Scot, a scholarly looking bald eagle, a sleeping vampire, and a yoga-practicing giraffe. On the cover readers see a brown-skinned young passenger boarding the train sporting a bright red-and-yellow baseball cap over a black Afro. As the book unfolds, the baseball cap is now missing, and readers will follow the intrepid passenger from car to car on the search for the baseball cap. In each car there are colors to spot, shapes to find, noisy things to identify, and lots of details to take in. On the verso, there is also much to see and identify as the train makes its traverse from countryside to urban setting. Young children and their adult readers will find plenty to keep them engaged.

Right on track! (Board book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 5, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4197-2567-8

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Abrams

Review Posted Online: Sept. 18, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2018

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