Even though it is only black and white, it is infinitely creative and colorful.

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FIND COLORS

Wife-and-husband team Shopsin and Fulford have done the impossible and reimagined the color concept book.

“We made you a colors book. It has no color: Hold up the pages and look through the shaped holes. You’ll find all the colors you need.” So begins the only text in the book, except for the directive to “FIND” the named, absent color on the double spreads. Each page includes a die-cut hole at the center that youngsters can hold up and peek through to find the specified color in their environs. The recto is white and the verso is black, which allows children to use either as the frame. A sun (a die-cut circle with die-cut lines radiating out) is in search of yellow, a rooster needs red, and a leaf requires green. After the usual subjects are out of the way, the project goes on to include less-common colors, like a trio of squiggly worms for pink, four paw prints for brown, a pair of sunglasses for black. The seek-and-find mission ends with a rainbow arc and the decree to “FIND COLORS.” Created in partnership with the Whitney Museum of American Art, this book would be an excellent companion for readers’ next gallery visits. The tough binding and sturdy pages will withstand robust interaction, but younger toddlers may need some adult help holding up the book due to its substantial weight.

Even though it is only black and white, it is infinitely creative and colorful. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: June 11, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-7148-7659-7

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Phaidon

Review Posted Online: May 28, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2018

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Genial starter nonfiction.

THE HUMAN BODY

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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Youngsters will enjoy the playful art if they aren’t overwhelmed by the busy design.

MRS. PEANUCKLE'S BUG ALPHABET

From the Mrs. Peanuckle's Alphabet Library series , Vol. 4

From Ant to Zorapteran, each page presents a variety of insects, both commonplace and obscure.

Narrator Mrs. Peanuckle, who enjoys sharing her likes and dislikes and writing about herself in the third person, has penned one to two sentences of quirky description and interesting facts for each insect representing a different letter of the alphabet: “L is for Ladybug / The loveliest of insects. They help Mrs. Peanuckle by eating the bugs on her roses!” The text often takes up most of the page and employs a different typeface per word, thus making the pages difficult to scan—often the featured letter of the alphabet merges with the name of the insect (“Inchworm” looks as though it has two I’s, for example). Ford’s lively insects skitter around the words in luminescent color; as with any effective insect book, there’s just enough detail to provoke interest without an ick-response. The companion book, Mrs. Peanuckle’s Flower Alphabet, presents blooms from Aster to Zinnia, with the same formula but with a more winsome approach to the art; here many of the flowers sport smiling faces in the same bold color palette.

Youngsters will enjoy the playful art if they aren’t overwhelmed by the busy design. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Feb. 27, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-62336-939-2

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Rodale Kids

Review Posted Online: March 18, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2018

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