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




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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Mr. Crews made an auspicious entrance with We Read: A to Z, which did things with the alphabet that nobody'd done before; this does the same things with numbers that everybody's done before, and better. Counting black dots, one to ten, makes sense only when the dots themselves make sense-first as the objects named, then as elements in the composition, finally as representing a characteristic quantity. Here they're miscast as enormous seeds, misplaced as portholes on the upper decks of a boat and miscalculated (four) as knobs on a radio (an old-fashioned table model). Count this one out.

Pub Date: March 19, 1968

ISBN: 0688135749

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: April 19, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1968

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Genial starter nonfiction.


From the PlayTabs series

Panels activated by sliding tabs introduce youngsters to the human body.

The information is presented in matter-of-fact narration and captioned, graphically simple art featuring rounded lines, oversized heads and eyes, and muted colors. The sliding panels reveal new scenes on both sides of the page, and arrows on the large tabs indicate the direction to pull them (some tabs work left and right and others up and down). Some of the tabs show only slight changes (a white child reaches for a teddy bear, demonstrating how arms and hands work), while others are much more surprising (a different white child runs to a door and on the other side of the panel is shown sitting on the toilet). The double-page spreads employ broad themes as organizers, such as “Your Body,” “Eating Right,” and “Taking Care of Your Body.” Much of the content is focused on the outside of the body, but one panel does slide to reveal an X-ray image of a skeleton. While there are a few dark brown and amber skin tones, it is mostly white children who appear in the pages to demonstrate body movements, self-care, visiting the doctor, senses, and feelings. The companion volume, Baby Animals, employs the same style of sliding panels to introduce youngsters to little critters and their parents, from baboons to penguins.

Genial starter nonfiction. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: March 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-2-40800-850-5

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Twirl/Chronicle

Review Posted Online: Jan. 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2019

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