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LITTLE MICE / RATONCITOS

From the Canticos series

Here’s looking forward to the addition of more books to this delightful series.

In this bilingual version of the popular Spanish song “Cinco Ratoncitos,” five mice hurry up to eat their cheese.

“Five little mice with tails wide awake… // Wiggle their noses / and give their ears a shake. // Eyes wide open / they quickly munch… // Before they get caught by the cat for lunch! // They finish their cheese, / and back home they creep…. // They close the door / and go right to sleep. / Shhhhh….” A little distractingly, Jaramillo has incorporated geometry in the form of differently shaped flaps. This device works at times, as with the playful mice that can be found under the square lids of boxes or hiding under a circular flap in the cheese. Little ones will squeal with delight when they lift the cat’s face to reveal his dream of mice baked into a cupcake! But the creatures found under an array of flaps—triangle, octagon, square, and hexagon—add nothing to the rhyme. As with Jaramillo’s very successful previous books, the book is constructed concertina fashion, thus giving both languages equal value. Both the Spanish and English versions have identical illustrations; the English text varies slightly from the Spanish to account for rhyme and measure.

Here’s looking forward to the addition of more books to this delightful series. (Board book. 1-5)

Pub Date: June 20, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9969959-2-4

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Encantos

Review Posted Online: May 9, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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THE TOUCH BOOK

From the My World series

A fun, utilitarian vocabulary builder that begs to be picked up and touched.

In the tradition of Pat the Bunny, this effort offers plenty of opportunity for tactile exploration.

Though it lacks the inventiveness, charm, and nontactile sensory provocations that make Pat the Bunny an enduring classic, this gives little hands plenty to grab, feel, touch, and experience. There are no “Paul and Judy” on hand to emulate, but the die-cut, fuzzy handprint in the middle of the thick, cardboard cover makes the book’s intent and methodology clear to its audience. So does the admonition, “Let’s Get Hands-on!” accompanying a photo of a little White child with fingers and palms covered in different colors of paint. The next page lists 10 different textures along with photographs of items that act as examples of each. Featured sensations are “fluffy, crinkly, smooth, bumpy, sticky, spongy, furry, rough, scratchy, [and] soft.” Each texture gets a two-page spread featuring several different items or creatures that feel that way and one large example with a die-cut hole and an embedded tactile element of the corresponding texture. The book features plenty of vocabulary, including three synonyms for each type of texture. There’s a descriptive sentence: “Fluffy things feel light and airy,” for example. Questions add an interactive element, inviting children to explore for themselves: “If you run your finger along something crinkly, what kind of noise does it make?”

A fun, utilitarian vocabulary builder that begs to be picked up and touched. (Board book. 1-4)

Pub Date: March 23, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-68010-656-5

Page Count: 22

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: June 1, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2021

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HELLO, DINOSAURS!

From the Animal Facts and Flaps series

Sure to appeal to budding paleontologists everywhere.

Colorful, fun, and informative guide for pint-sized dinosaur enthusiasts.

Kid-friendly and more informative than most dino books for tots, this lift-the-flap dinosaur book is a great next step for any kid with an interest in the subject. Each double-page panorama—occasionally folding out to three or even four pages wide—is organized around types of dinosaurs or habitats. While most featured dinosaurs are land dwellers, prehistoric reptiles of the sea and sky appear as well. Dinosaurs are rendered in bright colors on a white background in a childlike style that makes even Tyrannosaurus rex not too terrifying. Make no mistake, though; the king of the dinosaurs is clearly labeled “CARNIVORE.” Folding T. rex’s head back reveals a black-and-white handsaw, to which the text likens its enormous, sharp teeth. Another marginal illustration, captioned, “Watch out! T. rex is looking for its lunch,” shows a Triceratops specimen on a plate. Yet another reads, “Crushed dinosaur bones have been found in T. rex poop!” Several racially diverse kids appear in each scene, like toddler scientists variously observing, inspecting, and riding on the dinosaurs depicted. In addition to teaching the difference between herbivores and carnivores, the book also conveys a sense of the scale of these prehistoric beasts: Diplodocus is two school buses long, a Triceratops adult is the size of an elephant, and a Velociraptor is the size of a turkey, for example.

Sure to appeal to budding paleontologists everywhere. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Sept. 17, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5362-0809-2

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Templar/Candlewick

Review Posted Online: Nov. 23, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2019

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