Little Mouse’s day is filled with things to do, and little readers are along for the ride.

This oversized board book features two dozen sliders that illustrate the steps in various checklists that little ones can follow to accomplish different routines during the day. In the “Mealtime Checklist,” steps include washing hands, setting the table, placing the napkin appropriately, chewing thoroughly, clearing the table, and wiping one’s face after eating. For each step, the moment before an action is shown, and then the slider is moved to reveal the action in process. For “Help set the table,” Little Mouse is first seen smiling at a stack of crockery and cutlery, and then laying them out. “Chew food well” is rather enigmatic, as the “before” picture shows Little Mouse and an empty plate, and the “during” picture shows him brandishing a fork and smiling but not in any way obviously chewing either poorly or well. The spare illustrations serve the book’s nature, but little readers already attuned to routines will have little use for this title, other than fiddling with the sliders a bit. This is seemingly designed for readers reluctant to stick to a schedule, but there is little incentive here beyond sliding a tab. Younger children will just slide them all at once, and older readers will be looking for a bit more reward for their trouble.

A well-meaning misfire. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2017

ISBN: 9791027603015

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Twirl/Chronicle

Review Posted Online: Aug. 27, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2018

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A helpful way to prepare toddlers for a visit to the doctor with a character who’s easy to love.


From the Lola & Leo series

In this episode in the life of toddler Leo, younger brother to Lola (Lola Reads to Leo, 2012, etc.), his parents take him to the doctor’s office for a checkup.

Leo, a brown boy with tightly curled hair, dressed in a onesie and holding onto a table, “is a big boy now.” His mother and father, who are exactly the same shade of brown, are in the background as Leo feeds himself, plays ball, sings, and dances. When it is time to go, he “puts his toys away” and gets “his blankie and Mister Seahorse.” Daddy packs a bag and brings him to the clinic, where Leo sits on the floor playing with Mister Seahorse while they wait for their turn. (This doctor evidently has a separate well-child waiting room, as every soul in the diverse gathering is smiling happily—there’s not a runny nose in sight.) When it is Leo’s turn, he shows his doctor, a white woman, “what he can do now.” He gets a sticker and a book and gets checked all over. He even continues smiling while he gets his shot, which “will keep him healthy.” The rounded features and shining, rosy cheeks of the invariably smiling characters make for a pleasant trip with Leo through his safe and welcoming world.

A helpful way to prepare toddlers for a visit to the doctor with a character who’s easy to love. (Picture book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 11, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-58089-891-1

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Charlesbridge

Review Posted Online: July 16, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2018

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A playful, pull-the-tab potty-training book that’s reassuring, too.


From the Pull and Play series

Storytime meets potty time in this board book with movable parts.

This French import features a different pair of anthropomorphic animals on each spread. One is a parent (Mommy or Daddy) and the other a child of the same species who is learning to use the potty. Instead of letting page turns show each child’s experience, a tab pulls out on each recto to reveal a changed scene. For example, at first Little Crocodile is not ready to try to use the potty, and Daddy doesn’t rush him, but he makes sure Little Crocodile knows that the potty is ready when he is. Then pull the tab, and Little Crocodile is happily sitting on the potty, with his teddy nearby on another one. Subsequent pages show other animal children who: wear underwear instead of diapers; have an accident; don’t need to go; and need help with their clothes. Peeing and pooping on the potty are both addressed, too. The book concludes with all of the animals getting ready for a nap. The line “A clean diaper, a teddy, a kiss, and it’s off to bed!” provides reassurance that learning to use the potty is a process that happens over time. The big-eyed, rounded characters in the pictures reinforce the text’s gentle, encouraging tone, and uncluttered backgrounds allow focus to remain on the characters.

A playful, pull-the-tab potty-training book that’s reassuring, too. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: May 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-2-74599-547-6

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Twirl/Chronicle

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2018

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