A pleasant diversion at bathtime or an easy, repeatable, and nonmessy painting activity.

COLOR ME

WHO'S IN THE RAIN FOREST?

From the Wee Gallery series

What fun! A book that changes color.

Eight foam-padded plastic pages of this novelty item are illustrated with developmentally appropriate black-line drawings of rainforest creatures, one per page. The jaguar occupies the centerfold. Wet the pictures in the bathtub or with a paintbrush or sponge, and figures fill in with bright colors. Unlabeled flowers and leaves that decorate each page are evocative of the rainforest. The frog turns red and purple against a blue-green background; the monkey and sloth turn gray with yellow and green backgrounds. The jaguar’s tawny red stands out against a teal background. The butterfly becomes dark gray with blue, pink, and yellow spots. The unlabeled toucan on the front and iguana on the back are permanently colored, but their backgrounds change color when wet. The colors fade almost as soon as the tub drains. No worry; it can be dunked again and again. With repeated use the retained hint of color becomes more pronounced.

A pleasant diversion at bathtime or an easy, repeatable, and nonmessy painting activity. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)

Pub Date: May 17, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-68297-343-1

Page Count: 8

Publisher: QEB Publishing

Review Posted Online: June 11, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2018

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A substantive and affirming addition to any collection.

THE ABCS OF BLACK HISTORY

An impressive array of names, events, and concepts from Black history are introduced in this alphabet book for early-elementary readers.

From A for anthem (“a banner of song / that wraps us in hope, lets us know we belong”) to Z for zenith (“the top of that mountain King said we would reach”), this picture book is a journey through episodes, ideas, and personalities that represent a wide range of Black experiences. Some spreads celebrate readers themselves, like B for beautiful (“I’m talking to you!”); others celebrate accomplishments, such as E for explore (Matthew Henson, Mae Jemison), or experiences, like G for the Great Migration. The rhyming verses are light on the tongue, making the reading smooth and soothing. The brightly colored, folk art–style illustrations offer vibrant scenes of historical and contemporary Black life, with common people and famous people represented in turn. Whether reading straight through and poring over each page or flipping about to look at the refreshing scenes full of brown and black faces, readers will feel pride and admiration for the resilience and achievements of Black people and a call to participate in the “unfinished…American tale.” Endnotes clarify terms and figures, and a resource list includes child-friendly books, websites, museums, and poems.

A substantive and affirming addition to any collection. (Informational picture book. 6-11)

Pub Date: Dec. 8, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-5235-0749-8

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Workman

Review Posted Online: Sept. 29, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2020

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A disappointing twist on a popular theme. More gimmick than engaging.

NOISY DIGGER

From the I Can Learn! series

This noisy board book is designed to thrill tots fascinated with all things construction.

A tactile backhoe digger is center stage on each of the five cutout pages, complete with flaps. Brief rhyming text describes the machine’s actions as it works throughout the day. Animal characters engaged in manual labor or operating other machinery—a bulldozer, crane, road roller, and dump truck—describe more work that goes on at a construction site in small speech bubbles. Finding the mouse in every scene adds to the fun. On each page, a little bird sporting a hard hat invites young builders to press various parts of the silicone digger to activate a range of distinct sounds. The digger’s track pad sounds different from the sound of its arm moving dirt. The problem is that the digger itself is passive; the track pad and arm don’t actually move. The machine stays in the same place on every spread. The caution light beeps but doesn’t light up. Savvy kids will quickly realize that all the sounds are accessible from the first spread without having to turn the pages. The sound is the most engaging part of the book, but with only five sounds, this feature won’t hold most youngsters’ attention for long.

A disappointing twist on a popular theme. More gimmick than engaging. (Novelty board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 7, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-68010-684-8

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: Dec. 3, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2021

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