Let’s find…a different book.

READ REVIEW

LET'S FIND THE PUPPY

A lift-the-flap, seek-and-find adventure to locate Puppy.

“Puppy is hiding. Let’s find him!” the text declares on the first page. From there, felt flaps and cutouts in the pages along with clues help readers find the playful Puppy. Felt flaps, the 2.0 version of more common paper flaps, make a more durable reading experience for toddlers. They don’t integrate with illustrations as well as paper flaps, but that can be helpful for younger readers developing fine motor skills. The game of searching for Puppy is a familiar one, easy for toddlers to dive into. Disappointingly, though, the flaps and illustrations aren’t always proportionate, sending the clues a bit off. A cat is improbably hiding behind a single blooming flower, and though it’s in the foreground, it’s still significantly larger than those around it. A grasshopper is the same size as a bird. A couple pages later, there’s something described as hiding “behind the log,” but it’s actually a tree stump. On the next page, two rigid, erect cutouts are somehow possibly Puppy’s floppy ears. For little readers new to language, vocabulary and accurate descriptions matter. The illustrations themselves are cute enough, the pigeon particularly well realized, but there’s nothing extraordinary or of substance. The simultaneously publishing Let’s Find the Kitten handles proportions, cutouts, and descriptions with fewer head-scratchers.

Let’s find…a different book. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)

Pub Date: Sept. 15, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-68010-629-9

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: Sept. 1, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2020

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet

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

LITTLE BLUE TRUCK'S HALLOWEEN

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 20, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2016

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet

A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character.

SPOOKY POOKIE

One of Boynton's signature characters celebrates Halloween.

It's Halloween time, and Pookie the pig is delighted. Mom helps the little porker pick out the perfect Halloween costume, a process that spans the entire board book. Using an abcb rhyme scheme, Boynton dresses Pookie in a series of cheerful costumes, including a dragon, a bunny, and even a caped superhero. Pookie eventually settles on the holiday classic, a ghost, by way of a bedsheet. Boynton sprinkles in amusing asides to her stanzas as Pookie offers costume commentary ("It's itchy"; "It's hot"; "I feel silly"). Little readers will enjoy the notion of transforming themselves with their own Halloween costumes while reading this book, and a few parents may get some ideas as well. Boynton's clean, sharp illustrations are as good as ever. This is Pookie's first holiday title, but readers will surely welcome more.

A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: July 7, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-553-51233-5

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Robin Corey/Random

Review Posted Online: July 27, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet
more