As word books go, this set offers nothing new, but the presentation is simple and attractive.

FOOD

From the Say & Play series

Colorful photos introduce babies and toddlers to some everyday foods and clothing in this set of board books.

On each page a different food is presented with a clear and colorful photo on a white background. Each food item is clearly captioned. The usual food items, such as an apple, a banana, and strawberries, are there. But there are also black beans, quinoa, and sweet potato. Of note are the chicken and fish, here represented not as the animal but as the cooked foodstuff. The bilingual companion volume, Food/Los alimentos, gets into tricky terrain, as the biggest variances in the Spanish spoken among the different Spanish-speaking countries are probably found in food. The Spanish words used here for avocado (aguacate), blueberries (arándanos), and sweet potato (boniato) may not be the ones used by particular readers. In Clothes and its companion volume, Clothes/La ropa, different articles of clothing are presented in the same format as above. Again, the same words of caution apply here. “Shirt” is translated as “jersey,” but it is more commonly referred to as “camisa.” And the Spanish words used for jeans (vaqueros), sneakers (zapatillas), and tights (leotardos) may be unfamiliar to some readers.

As word books go, this set offers nothing new, but the presentation is simple and attractive. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: April 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4549-1973-5

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Sterling

Review Posted Online: June 22, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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Perfect for Valentine’s Day, but the syrupy sweetness will cloy after the holiday.

THE ABCS OF LOVE

Animal parents declare their love for their offspring in alphabetical order.

Each page displays an enormous capital letter, one line of verse with the keyword capitalized, and a loving nonhuman parent gazing adoringly at their baby. “A is for Always. I always love you more. / B is for Butterfly kisses. It’s you that I adore.” While not named or labelled as such, the A is also for an alligator and its hatchling and B is for a butterfly and a butterfly child (not a caterpillar—biology is not the aim of this title) interacting in some way with the said letter. For E there are an elephant and a calf; U features a unicorn and foal; and X, keyed to the last letter of the animal’s name, corresponds to a fox and three pups. The final double-page spread shows all the featured creatures and their babies as the last line declares: “Baby, I love you from A to Z!” The verse is standard fare and appropriately sentimental. The art is cartoony-cute and populated by suitably loving critters on solid backgrounds. Hearts accent each scene, but the theme of the project is never in any doubt.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, but the syrupy sweetness will cloy after the holiday. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-7282-2095-6

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Sourcebooks Wonderland

Review Posted Online: Jan. 27, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2021

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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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