An engaging title for young readers starting to count to 10.

10 LITTLE DINOSAURS

From the Sing-Along Counting Book series

Little ones learn to count and sing.

“One little, two little, three little dinosaurs….” So begins this sing-along counting board book. A recording of the tune is included in a chip embedded in the extra-thick back cover, playing when little readers press the smiling sun exposed by a die-cut hole in the top right-hand corner. The sound is muffled somewhat at the beginning, but the quality improves as pages turn. The book is evenly paced, with three little dinosaurs counted on each spread. These are illustrated with scratchy lines, adorable smiles, and rounded teeth. They are colored in a bright primary and secondary color palette and given large numbers on their tummies to help kids learn their numerals. All in all, these are some enticingly cuddly dinos. The recorded song may drive some caregivers to grind their teeth, but little ones will quickly run the battery out on this one. Fortunately the song is easy and catchy enough that little readers will have it memorized by then.

An engaging title for young readers starting to count to 10. (Board book. 1-2)

Pub Date: March 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-680105-34-6

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: Jan. 22, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2018

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A bright and friendly but no more than serviceable board book.

MY FIRST PEEK-A-BOO ANIMALS

From the World of Eric Carle series

Little readers play peekaboo with animals.

Carle’s iconic illustrations form the centerpiece of this simple lift-the-flap board book. Each double-page spread features an animal obscured by a flap (a solid block of trademark, textured Carle color) on one side and a four-line abcb stanza describing the animal on the opposite page. Readers are given hints about the hidden creature before they play peekaboo and lift the flap to reveal a monkey, horse, turtle, and more. “I’m a big cat, / but I don’t purr. / I’ve got black stripes / and bright orange fur.” Although most of the facts offered are scientifically valid, the ambiguously worded modifier for the monkey’s clue—“With my long tail, / I swing in the trees”—risks imparting the misinformation that monkeys suspend themselves from their tails. Carle’s illustrations are as recognizable to little readers as the characters on Sesame Street or Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and the familiarity breeds appreciation. There’s nothing truly special or distinctive regarding the mechanics of this particular title, but the familiar look acts as a comfort food–esque motivation to get little ones’ attention.

A bright and friendly but no more than serviceable board book. (Board book. 1-2)

Pub Date: June 6, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5344-0105-1

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: June 19, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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As bright and bold as the holiday it celebrates.

HOP! HOP!

An excited little one celebrates Easter.

The Easter Bunny is on its way, and Patricelli’s one-haired tot is thrilled. He prepares for the holiday by painting eggs and making bunny ears. On the big day, he excitedly looks for Easter eggs while his parents watch. The bold, rounded illustrations catch the eye, with a wide range of colors used throughout. The author pays a little lip service toward education by showing primary colors combining to create secondary colors, but the book's main focus is the exuberance that comes with celebrating the holiday, particularly when the traditions are so new and exciting. The enthusiasm is infectious, and read-alouds will most likely lead to little ones’ looking to do some arts and crafts of their very own.

As bright and bold as the holiday it celebrates. (Board book. 1-2)

Pub Date: Feb. 10, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-7636-6319-3

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: Jan. 20, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2015

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