From the Pull and Play series

Straightforward and didactic, this is the book to reach for (no grabbing, please!) when a child needs a reminder about...

In this companion Pull and Play title to Time for Bed (2017), author Bedouet brings social skills and good manners to the fore in this board book with sturdy pull-tabs.

The text presents different situations in which good manners are important, and young children depicted by animals are gently reminded by their parents to say “hello,” “please,” “thank you,” “sorry,” and “good-bye” and to patiently wait their turns in line. Each colorful, retro-styled illustration with minimal background detail features a young animal interacting with a parent or with other young animals in a playground setting, and the interactive pull-tabs show the wonderful change that occurs when the right word/action is used. “What do you say, little bear?” prompts Mommy. “Thank you!” “You’re welcome, darling. Can I have a taste…please?” “ ‘Yes!’ Little bear also likes it when Mommy uses polite words.” The illustrations show Mommy offering little bear an ice cream cone—with a pull of the tab, readers see Mommy enjoying a lick of that cone offered by little bear. Each family is made up of the same type of animal (crocodile, kangaroo, monkey, and cat in addition to bear); though the little animals play together, it’s too bad that sense of diversity was not extended to family makeup.

Straightforward and didactic, this is the book to reach for (no grabbing, please!) when a child needs a reminder about manners. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-2-7459-9076-1

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Twirl/Chronicle

Review Posted Online: Sept. 17, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2018


Beloved Little Blue takes a bit of the mystery—and fear—out of Halloween costumes.

A lift-the-flap book gives the littlest trick-or-treaters some practice identifying partygoers under their costumes.

Little Blue Truck and his buddy Toad are off to a party, and they invite readers (and a black cat) along for the ride: “ ‘Beep! Beep! Beep!’ / says Little Blue. / ‘It’s Halloween!’ / You come, too.” As they drive, they are surprised (and joined) by many of their friends in costume. “Who’s that in a tutu / striking a pose / up on the tiniest / tips of her toes? / Under the mask / who do you see?” Lifting the flap unmasks a friend: “ ‘Quack!’ says the duck. / ‘It’s me! It’s me!’ ” The sheep is disguised as a clown, the cow’s a queen, the pig’s a witch, the hen and her chick are pirates, and the horse is a dragon. Not to be left out, Little Blue has a costume, too. The flaps are large and sturdy, and enough of the animals’ characteristic features are visible under and around the costumes that little ones will be able to make successful guesses even on the first reading. Lovely curvy shapes and autumn colors fade to dusky blues as night falls, and children are sure to notice the traditional elements of a Halloween party: apple bobbing, lit jack-o’-lanterns, and punch and treats.

Beloved Little Blue takes a bit of the mystery—and fear—out of Halloween costumes. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-544-77253-3

Page Count: 16

Publisher: HMH Books

Review Posted Online: July 19, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2016


From the Little Pookie series

An upbeat Easter outing with a beloved character.

Pookie celebrates Easter with a play date and holiday activities.

Pookie’s friend Bean, a gray puppy, comes over for Easter fun that includes lots of bouncing around and egg decorating. After Bean goes home, Pookie gets excited about the Easter Bunny’s arrival and goes to sleep dreaming of a large chocolate egg. Like the other Pookie books before it, this one is told in rhyme from the perspective of a loving grown-up addressing the little pig, which keeps the pace moving and makes for a great read-aloud. Bean and Pookie are realistically—and endearingly—childlike, from Pookie’s pronunciation of yellow as “lellow!” to the joyful mess they make while decorating eggs. There are plenty of sweet and festive touches, such as the bunny ears that Bean and Pookie (and Pookie’s teddy) wear and the daffodils painted on the end of Pookie’s bed. The illustrations include large, full-page images as well as smaller vignettes against solid backgrounds. One page shows Pookie and parent looking out the window at the moon, anticipating Easter’s spoils. For fans of Boynton and little Pookie, this Easter tale is exactly as expected: a touch of playfulness, a relatable story, and comfort in the familiar. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

An upbeat Easter outing with a beloved character. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Jan. 31, 2023

ISBN: 978-1-66592-838-0

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Boynton Bookworks

Review Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2022

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