Simple and sweet lift-the-flap fare that toddlers will love.

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WHO CAN JUMP?

Toddlers are introduced to a variety of animals that jump in this lift-the-flap offering.

On each left-hand page, large, black, wavering letters ask the question “Who can jump?” A stationary animal is pictured on the right-hand page. When the good-sized, rectangular flap on the right is opened, it reveals the animal in the act of jumping, hopping or leaping into the air along with a simple sentence: “A cat can jump” or “A frog can jump.” The final pages offer a small twist; a little blond child decked out in red rain gear is featured jumping into a puddle, along with the words: “You can jump!” The cheerful mixed-media illustrations are what make this offering stand out. Thick lines, simple shapes and bold colors make the pictures especially toddler friendly. Companion volume Who Can Swim? is even more engaging, as it incorporates a bit of a guessing game. Only a small portion of each animal is depicted when the flap is closed, allowing little ones a chance to guess which animal will ultimately be revealed. Also, the flaps here are different shapes, adding some welcome variety and mimicking the fluidity of the water.

Simple and sweet lift-the-flap fare that toddlers will love. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)

Pub Date: March 25, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-7636-6753-5

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: March 3, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2014

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Beloved Little Blue takes a bit of the mystery—and fear—out of Halloween costumes.

LITTLE BLUE TRUCK'S HALLOWEEN

A lift-the-flap book gives the littlest trick-or-treaters some practice identifying partygoers under their costumes.

Little Blue Truck and his buddy Toad are off to a party, and they invite readers (and a black cat) along for the ride: “ ‘Beep! Beep! Beep!’ / says Little Blue. / ‘It’s Halloween!’ / You come, too.” As they drive, they are surprised (and joined) by many of their friends in costume. “Who’s that in a tutu / striking a pose / up on the tiniest / tips of her toes? / Under the mask / who do you see?” Lifting the flap unmasks a friend: “ ‘Quack!’ says the duck. / ‘It’s me! It’s me!’ ” The sheep is disguised as a clown, the cow’s a queen, the pig’s a witch, the hen and her chick are pirates, and the horse is a dragon. Not to be left out, Little Blue has a costume, too. The flaps are large and sturdy, and enough of the animals’ characteristic features are visible under and around the costumes that little ones will be able to make successful guesses even on the first reading. Lovely curvy shapes and autumn colors fade to dusky blues as night falls, and children are sure to notice the traditional elements of a Halloween party: apple bobbing, lit jack-o’-lanterns, and punch and treats.

Beloved Little Blue takes a bit of the mystery—and fear—out of Halloween costumes. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-544-77253-3

Page Count: 16

Publisher: HMH Books

Review Posted Online: July 20, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2016

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A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character.

SPOOKY POOKIE

One of Boynton's signature characters celebrates Halloween.

It's Halloween time, and Pookie the pig is delighted. Mom helps the little porker pick out the perfect Halloween costume, a process that spans the entire board book. Using an abcb rhyme scheme, Boynton dresses Pookie in a series of cheerful costumes, including a dragon, a bunny, and even a caped superhero. Pookie eventually settles on the holiday classic, a ghost, by way of a bedsheet. Boynton sprinkles in amusing asides to her stanzas as Pookie offers costume commentary ("It's itchy"; "It's hot"; "I feel silly"). Little readers will enjoy the notion of transforming themselves with their own Halloween costumes while reading this book, and a few parents may get some ideas as well. Boynton's clean, sharp illustrations are as good as ever. This is Pookie's first holiday title, but readers will surely welcome more.

A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: July 7, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-553-51233-5

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Robin Corey/Random

Review Posted Online: July 27, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

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