MY BUSY DAY

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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With some adult supervision, readers will encounter many engaging surprises.

TAKE A LOOK, BUZZ

Youngsters are encouraged to explore a garden through brightly painted cartoons and sliding panels.

Every other page is split down the middle; something unexpected is revealed on an inner panel when the two halves of the page are pulled apart. A “little bird” pops out of an apple tree, a worm slithers out of the grass, a chick hatches out of an egg, a bee buzzes at the heart of a flower and so on through this clever special effect. The text, on the opposite page on either the left or right side, is an invitation to little ones to “Take a look!” with straightforward descriptions, questions and answers. The final double-page spread reviews all the critters and things that have come before. The companion book, Take a Look, Bear (978-1-60537-167-2), uses the same gimmick, but here, the star is a toddler playing hide-and-seek with a stuffed teddy bear. The use of the interactive feature works better in Take a Look, Buzz, since the animals pop out of or from behind various plants and the sun emerges from a cloud, whereas in Take a Look, Bear, the tyke seemingly bursts out of nowhere. While the panels are relatively easy to slide, toddlers will likely need some assistance opening and closing them to make sure pages stay on track and no fingers are pinched.

With some adult supervision, readers will encounter many engaging surprises. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-60537-168-9

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Clavis

Review Posted Online: Sept. 1, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2014

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Sweet and uncomplicated.

BEAR & MOUSE RISE AND SHINE

Best friends Bear and Mouse go through their day, from waking up to playing in the park.

Bear and Mouse live together and, though portrayed as anthropomorphized animal children, fend for themselves with no adults under the same roof. Sweet illustrations in cheery colors introduce readers to the pair. The expectation of interactivity in the book is set right from the cover, where children can manipulate a slider to make the sun pop out at the top of the book. There is a slider or flaps on every double-page spread, all easily manipulated on the extra-sturdy pages. The story itself is simple and straightforward, with no surprises: Bear and Mouse wake up, have breakfast, put their coats on, get on a bus to go to the park, and then play in the park. Companion book Bear & Mouse Time for Bed has the friends getting ready for bed. Here again, children will have sliders to move and a flap to open as Bear and Mouse take a bath, have a tooth-brushing race, put on their pajamas, read a bedtime story, and get into bed, wishing each other a good night. Little ones may find comfort in the simple routines that many will recognize and feel familiar with.

Sweet and uncomplicated. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Oct. 26, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-68010-680-0

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: Sept. 24, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2021

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