A mostly satisfying addition to the interactive board-book shelf

HUSH

LITTLE BEAR IS SLEEPING

From the Wee Gallery series

Simple, repetitive text, familiar sounds, and developmentally appropriate graphics characterize this simple board book for little ones.

Even the quietest noise—the hoot of an owl, the chirp of a cricket—keeps Baby Bear awake. High-contrast black-and-white drawings placed against mostly black backgrounds should attract the attention of newborns. The subtle change in Baby Bear's quizzical gaze as he eyes the source of each interruption and blue highlights on the other critters, including Mama, help maintain interest for older toddlers. Finding the tiny switch that activates the book’s sound is a bit of a challenge, which could keep young children from driving adults to distraction by repeatedly pressing the buttons located under character-coded tabs at the edges of the pages. The final page, which hides the sound chips and speaker, is quite thick. Older children may be tempted to take it apart to learn what makes the sound, but little ones will just smile at the recognizable sound of a kitty or dog. As with many novelty items, the relatively high price should be weighed against the value of the added sounds. Vroom, Zoom! Here Comes the Fire Truck, published simultaneously, shares the same format, but with louder noises and bright red highlights, it is charming for after nap time.

A mostly satisfying addition to the interactive board-book shelf . (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Dec. 31, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-68297-052-2

Page Count: 8

Publisher: QEB Publishing

Review Posted Online: Nov. 23, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

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A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character.

SPOOKY POOKIE

One of Boynton's signature characters celebrates Halloween.

It's Halloween time, and Pookie the pig is delighted. Mom helps the little porker pick out the perfect Halloween costume, a process that spans the entire board book. Using an abcb rhyme scheme, Boynton dresses Pookie in a series of cheerful costumes, including a dragon, a bunny, and even a caped superhero. Pookie eventually settles on the holiday classic, a ghost, by way of a bedsheet. Boynton sprinkles in amusing asides to her stanzas as Pookie offers costume commentary ("It's itchy"; "It's hot"; "I feel silly"). Little readers will enjoy the notion of transforming themselves with their own Halloween costumes while reading this book, and a few parents may get some ideas as well. Boynton's clean, sharp illustrations are as good as ever. This is Pookie's first holiday title, but readers will surely welcome more.

A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: July 7, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-553-51233-5

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Robin Corey/Random

Review Posted Online: July 27, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

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An excellent, rounded effort from a creator who knows how to deliver.

EEK! HALLOWEEN!

The farmyard's chickens experience Halloween.

A round, full moon shines in the sky, and the chickens of Boynton's barnyard are feeling “nervous.” Pumpkins shine “with flickering eyes,” witches and wizards wander the pastures, and one chicken has seen “a mouse of enormous size.” It’s Halloween night, and readers will delight as the chickens huddle together and try to figure out what's going on. All ends well, of course, and in Boynton's trademark silly style. (It’s really quite remarkable how her ranks of white, yellow-beaked chickens evoke rows of candy corn.) At this point parents and children know what they're in for when they pick up a book by the prolific author, and she doesn't disappoint here. The chickens are silly, the pigs are cute, and the coloring and illustrations evoke a warmth that little ones wary of Halloween will appreciate. For children leery of the ghouls and goblins lurking in the holiday's iconography, this is a perfect antidote, emphasizing all the fun Halloween has to offer.

An excellent, rounded effort from a creator who knows how to deliver. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Aug. 23, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-7611-9300-5

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Workman

Review Posted Online: Sept. 19, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

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