IT’S ME, PARSNIP

Who tracked the muddy footprints all through the house from the yard clear to the bathroom? Page by page, lifting flaps reveal everyone who didn’t do it, from the puppy in the doghouse to the horse outside the window to the mice under the stairs. Each scene occupies a good two-thirds of the spread, generous white space acting as focus for the action as the gloppy prints lead into and out of the soft-bleed setting, as well as backdrop for the one simple statement, printed in a large, black typeface, per opening: “Someone has made muddy footprints in the kitchen” (or up the stairs, or in Rabbit’s room, etc.). Given that readers have already seen Parsnip happily walking through the mud on the title page, the final reveal of the bathing lamb will surprise only the very young. But that’s who this is for: Toddlers will enjoy identifying the various animals under the flaps and chiming in with each subsequent “Not me!” And the cause-and-effect complexity of the tale is developmentally just right. (Novelty/picture book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 2008

ISBN: 978-1-935021-10-0

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Mathew Price

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2008

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Another branded entry that offers little beyond the minimum requirements.

TRICK OR TREAT, POUT-POUT FISH

From the Pout-Pout Fish Mini Adventure series

The Pout-Pout Fish brand expands.

Halloween is here, and Mr. Pout-Pout Fish is giving out treats from his submarine home. Those familiar with the blue striped fish will find the usual uncluttered illustrations and rhyming scheme (“Who’s at the helm / of the spooky submarine? // It’s you, Mr. Fish! / Have a happy Halloween!”). New readers may be drawn in by the colorful costumes the various fish wear as they trick-or-treat along the ocean floor. Keen-eyed readers with some pumpkin-carving experience may wonder how a jack-o’-lantern can be lit under water. This board book is a fairly standard look at Halloween, putting a popular character in common holiday trappings and adding nothing else. Fans of the holiday will have to look elsewhere for a more exciting take on Halloween’s thrills.

Another branded entry that offers little beyond the minimum requirements. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Aug. 9, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-374-30191-0

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: Aug. 30, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

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LLAMA LLAMA TRICK OR TREAT

From the Llama Llama series

In this board book designed for the littlest llama lovers, adorable-as-ever Llama Llama (Llama Llama Red Pajama, 2005, etc.) gets ready for some Halloween fun.

Dewdney’s characteristic spare, apt rhymes convey a lot of action in effortlessly readable fashion. A charming and simple introduction to Halloween and its associated activities, this title finds little Llama Llama choosing and carving a pumpkin, pouring candy into bowls, picking out a costume and, finally, trick-or-treating. The costume Llama Llama decides to don—pointy teeth and a black mask and cape—is enough to frighten and fool his friends but not readers, who will immediately recognize and smile at the silly little mini-Dracula. With Dewdney’s characters as expressive as ever, young readers will be drawn right into the holiday fun, eagerly anticipating which costume Llama Llama will choose and excited to see him scare his friends and score some candy at trick-or-treat. In the equally appealing companion title, Llama Llama Jingle Bells,the little fellow gets ready for Christmas, baking and decorating some cookies in anticipation of Santa’s arrival. This simple holiday title will win Llama Llama new fans, and old friends will want to add it and its companion to their collections. (Board book. 1-2)

 

Pub Date: Aug. 19, 2014

ISBN: 978-0451469786

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: June 25, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2015

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