A quirky treat for the bathroom obsessed.



There’s more animal poo outside the zoo!

Zookeeper Bob McGrew, a brown-skinned boy, is back and all set to vacation with his animals. How are they traveling? By poo, of course! Led by the series’ previous zoo visitor, light-skinned poo collector Hector Gloop, this bevy of zoo residents, including an elephant, a lion, a giraffe, and a flamingo, climb into a poo-shaped flying contraption and set off in search of various samples. They’re on their way to Kerplink, aka “the Land of Living Poo,” also home to an assortment of dinosaurs, and as they travel, “Dear old Hector never stopped / catching anything that plopped.” They find the stools of a stoat, a hare, a bear, a mountain goat, a yeti, and more. But they’re also in search of a living creature said to be made up of poo. Can they find it, or will they end up being eaten by a hungry dinosaur? A diverse group of zoo visitors is waiting back at the zoo to find out! Appealing, action-filled illustrations show the animals on their oddball journey, and while the rhyming text is sometimes awkward, young readers and listeners won’t mind a bit; they’ll be left hyperventilating in a plethora of giggles. Lovers of toilet humor will appreciate the multitude of poo references (bolded for extra emphasis). Without a doubt, this tale is full of absurdity, fun—and, of course, poo. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

A quirky treat for the bathroom obsessed. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 18, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-68010-283-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: Aug. 31, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2022

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


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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An upbeat Easter outing with a beloved character.


From the Little Pookie series

Pookie celebrates Easter with a play date and holiday activities.

Pookie’s friend Bean, a gray puppy, comes over for Easter fun that includes lots of bouncing around and egg decorating. After Bean goes home, Pookie gets excited about the Easter Bunny’s arrival and goes to sleep dreaming of a large chocolate egg. Like the other Pookie books before it, this one is told in rhyme from the perspective of a loving grown-up addressing the little pig, which keeps the pace moving and makes for a great read-aloud. Bean and Pookie are realistically—and endearingly—childlike, from Pookie’s pronunciation of yellow as “lellow!” to the joyful mess they make while decorating eggs. There are plenty of sweet and festive touches, such as the bunny ears that Bean and Pookie (and Pookie’s teddy) wear and the daffodils painted on the end of Pookie’s bed. The illustrations include large, full-page images as well as smaller vignettes against solid backgrounds. One page shows Pookie and parent looking out the window at the moon, anticipating Easter’s spoils. For fans of Boynton and little Pookie, this Easter tale is exactly as expected: a touch of playfulness, a relatable story, and comfort in the familiar. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

An upbeat Easter outing with a beloved character. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Jan. 31, 2023

ISBN: 978-1-66592-838-0

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Boynton Bookworks

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2022

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