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Appearances can be deceiving in this delightful tale.

Could Wolf and Little Lamb be making a huge mistake when they adopt a baby alligator?

After best friends Little Lamb and Wolf discover a large egg, Wolf envisions turning it into an omelet, but Little Lamb reminds him there’s a baby inside. They take the egg home, where it cracks open and a tiny alligator emerges. Little Lamb names the alligator Omelet, and he quickly attaches himself to Wolf, nibbling his ear and snuggling on his chest. Next morning, hungry Omelet trashes the kitchen and terrifies Wolf’s visiting friends—until he lathers them with “big, slobbery kiss[es].” Indeed, Omelet scares everyone until they realize just how friendly the little guy really is. Wolf assures them, “Omelet wouldn’t hurt a fly.” Badger disagrees, warning all that Omelet will gobble them up. When the river floods, the animals watch hopelessly as baby ducklings are swept away. Then Omelet surfaces, opens his huge jaws, and the ducklings disappear. Was Badger right, or is Omelet a hero? Playful cartoon illustrations, drawn with fine outlines and washed with cheery colors, rely on the wide-eyed, exaggerated facial expressions and body language of the animal characters to convey emotion and drama. Omelet may be an alligator, but he’s so darn cute, beguiling, and endearing, it’s easy to see why everyone loves him, despite his size, reptilian body, and toothy jaws.

Appearances can be deceiving in this delightful tale. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: April 20, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-68010-245-1

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: March 1, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2021

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While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis’ The Twelve Days of...

Rabe follows a young girl through her first 12 days of kindergarten in this book based on the familiar Christmas carol.

The typical firsts of school are here: riding the bus, making friends, sliding on the playground slide, counting, sorting shapes, laughing at lunch, painting, singing, reading, running, jumping rope, and going on a field trip. While the days are given ordinal numbers, the song skips the cardinal numbers in the verses, and the rhythm is sometimes off: “On the second day of kindergarten / I thought it was so cool / making lots of friends / and riding the bus to my school!” The narrator is a white brunette who wears either a tunic or a dress each day, making her pretty easy to differentiate from her classmates, a nice mix in terms of race; two students even sport glasses. The children in the ink, paint, and collage digital spreads show a variety of emotions, but most are happy to be at school, and the surroundings will be familiar to those who have made an orientation visit to their own schools.

While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis’ The Twelve Days of Kindergarten (2003), it basically gets the job done. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: June 21, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-06-234834-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 3, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2016

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From the Big Bright Feelings series

A valuable asset to the library of a child who experiences anxiety and a great book to get children talking about their...

Ruby is an adventurous and happy child until the day she discovers a Worry.

Ruby barely sees the Worry—depicted as a blob of yellow with a frowny unibrow—at first, but as it hovers, the more she notices it and the larger it grows. The longer Ruby is affected by this Worry, the fewer colors appear on the page. Though she tries not to pay attention to the Worry, which no one else can see, ignoring it prevents her from enjoying the things that she once loved. Her constant anxiety about the Worry causes the bright yellow blob to crowd Ruby’s everyday life, which by this point is nearly all washes of gray and white. But at the playground, Ruby sees a boy sitting on a bench with a growing sky-blue Worry of his own. When she invites the boy to talk, his Worry begins to shrink—and when Ruby talks about her own Worry, it also grows smaller. By the book’s conclusion, Ruby learns to control her Worry by talking about what worries her, a priceless lesson for any child—or adult—conveyed in a beautifully child-friendly manner. Ruby presents black, with hair in cornrows and two big afro-puff pigtails, while the boy has pale skin and spiky black hair.

A valuable asset to the library of a child who experiences anxiety and a great book to get children talking about their feelings (. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 3, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5476-0237-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Review Posted Online: May 7, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2019

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