An appealing addition to any nature-themed collection.



From the Baby Animals series

A longtime wildlife photographer presents an album of her photographs of baby animals eating.

Eszterhas, who has observed and photographed animals around the world, strings these irresistible images together with short explanations of what and how they’re eating. Brown bears, koalas, jackals, penguins, egrets, cheetahs, monkeys and chimpanzees, giraffes, warthogs, raccoons, orangutans, and sloths—the animals range from the familiar to the unusual, at least in a book for very young readers. Most of the pictures seem to have been taken in the wild, and often they include a parent: a mother brown bear giving her cub a fish; monkeys, chimps, and warthogs nursing from their mothers; father jackals and penguins regurgitating food for their offspring. The images expand to fill most spreads, and there are occasional insets to vary the design. A final spread introduces the photographer and seven more animals, including an orphaned serval kitten the author bottle-fed (as she recounted in Moto and Me, 2017). The descriptions are short and use appropriate vocabulary, including specialized terminology for the animal babies. The book could be shared one-on-one with even very young listeners, who will be entranced by the pictures and informed by the read-aloud text.

An appealing addition to any nature-themed collection. (Informational picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 15, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-77147-317-0

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Owlkids Books

Review Posted Online: May 23, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2018

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A $16.99 Mother’s Day card for cat lovers.


The team of Costain and Lovšin (Daddies are Awesome, 2016) gives moms their due.

Rhyming verses tell of all the ways moms are amazing: “Mommies are magic. / They kiss away troubles… // …find gold in the sunlight / and rainbows in bubbles.” Moms are joyful—the best playmates. They are also fearless and will protect and soothe if you are scared. Clever moms know just what to do when you’re sad, sporty moms run and leap and climb, while tender moms cuddle. “My mommy’s so special. / I tell her each day… // … just how much I love her / in every way!” Whereas dads were illustrated with playful pups and grown-up dogs in the previous book, moms are shown as cats with their kittens in myriad colors, sizes, and breeds. Lovšin’s cats look as though they are smiling at each other in their fun, though several spreads are distractingly cut in half by the gutter. However delightful the presentation—the verse rolls fairly smoothly, and the cats are pretty cute—the overall effect is akin to a cream puff’s: very sweet and insubstantial.

A $16.99 Mother’s Day card for cat lovers. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: April 4, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-62779-651-4

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: March 20, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2017

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Adults looking for an easy entry into this subject will not be disappointed.


From the Baby University series

This book presents a simplified explanation of the role the atmosphere plays in controlling climate.

The authors present a planet as a ball and its atmosphere as a blanket that envelops the ball. If the blanket is thick, the planet will be hot, as is the case for Venus. If the blanket is thin, the planet is cold, as with Mars. Planet Earth has a blanket that traps “just the right amount of heat.” The authors explain trees, animals, and oceans are part of what makes Earth’s atmosphere “just right.” “But…Uh-oh! People on Earth are changing the blanket!” The book goes on to explain how some human activities are sending “greenhouse gases” into the atmosphere, thus “making the blanket heavier and thicker” and “making Earth feel unwell.” In the case of a planet feeling unwell, what would the symptoms be? Sea-level rises that lead to erosion, flooding, and island loss, along with extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, blizzards, and wildfires. Ending on a constructive note, the authors name a few of the remedies to “help our Earth before it’s too late!” By using the blanket analogy, alongside simple and clear illustrations, this otherwise complex topic becomes very accessible to young children, though caregivers will need to help with the specialized vocabulary.

Adults looking for an easy entry into this subject will not be disappointed. (Board book. 3-4)

Pub Date: Aug. 18, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-4926-8082-6

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Sourcebooks eXplore

Review Posted Online: Sept. 1, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2020

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