A durable farm visit for children at the “point, hear, and name” stage.

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LOOK WHO'S MOOING!

A duckling’s search for a favorite “farm sound” invites toddlers to choose their own from a pressure-sensitive gallery of 10 animal calls.

On his quest through a series of farm scenes printed on sturdy stock and composed of photographed animals set into stylized painted backdrops, Duckling encounters four friends and hears six calls, counting his own peep and his mother’s quack. Each stop features a leading question such as “Who goes oink?” or “Who goes neigh?” that poses little challenge, being answered verbally in the rhymed narrative and also visually with pictures of the proper animal both on and under a large flap. Diapered digerati can level up at the end, though, as a set of smaller flaps featuring only new transcribed sounds invites pressing buttons on the flanking sound board to make an audio match before lifting the flap to see a pictorial one. As the Romanized sounds as pronounced by a caregiver (“Meh-eh!”;“Woof!”) are likely to sound quite different from the recorded sounds, opportunities for conversation between children and adults abound. The sound chip uses one (replaceable) battery, and there is a tiny, probably toddler proof, on/off switch.

A durable farm visit for children at the “point, hear, and name” stage. (Novelty board book. 6 mos.-2)

Pub Date: Jan. 29, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-27233-8

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Jan. 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2019

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A $16.99 Mother’s Day card for cat lovers.

MOMMIES ARE AMAZING

The team of Costain and Lovšin (Daddies are Awesome, 2016) gives moms their due.

Rhyming verses tell of all the ways moms are amazing: “Mommies are magic. / They kiss away troubles… // …find gold in the sunlight / and rainbows in bubbles.” Moms are joyful—the best playmates. They are also fearless and will protect and soothe if you are scared. Clever moms know just what to do when you’re sad, sporty moms run and leap and climb, while tender moms cuddle. “My mommy’s so special. / I tell her each day… // … just how much I love her / in every way!” Whereas dads were illustrated with playful pups and grown-up dogs in the previous book, moms are shown as cats with their kittens in myriad colors, sizes, and breeds. Lovšin’s cats look as though they are smiling at each other in their fun, though several spreads are distractingly cut in half by the gutter. However delightful the presentation—the verse rolls fairly smoothly, and the cats are pretty cute—the overall effect is akin to a cream puff’s: very sweet and insubstantial.

A $16.99 Mother’s Day card for cat lovers. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: April 4, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-62779-651-4

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: March 20, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2017

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Genial starter nonfiction.

THE HUMAN BODY

From the PlayTabs series

Panels activated by sliding tabs introduce youngsters to the human body.

The information is presented in matter-of-fact narration and captioned, graphically simple art featuring rounded lines, oversized heads and eyes, and muted colors. The sliding panels reveal new scenes on both sides of the page, and arrows on the large tabs indicate the direction to pull them (some tabs work left and right and others up and down). Some of the tabs show only slight changes (a white child reaches for a teddy bear, demonstrating how arms and hands work), while others are much more surprising (a different white child runs to a door and on the other side of the panel is shown sitting on the toilet). The double-page spreads employ broad themes as organizers, such as “Your Body,” “Eating Right,” and “Taking Care of Your Body.” Much of the content is focused on the outside of the body, but one panel does slide to reveal an X-ray image of a skeleton. While there are a few dark brown and amber skin tones, it is mostly white children who appear in the pages to demonstrate body movements, self-care, visiting the doctor, senses, and feelings. The companion volume, Baby Animals, employs the same style of sliding panels to introduce youngsters to little critters and their parents, from baboons to penguins.

Genial starter nonfiction. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: March 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-2-40800-850-5

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Twirl/Chronicle

Review Posted Online: Jan. 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2019

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