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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

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An unabashed love letter from mother.

I LOVE YOU, LITTLE POOKIE

From the Little Pookie series

A sweet celebration of the bond between a mother and her Pookie.

The eighth installment in this always charming series eschews the episodic drama and silliness of earlier outing such as Spooky Pookie (2015) in favor of a mom’s-eye-view celebration of her child and the time they spend together. There is, of course, nothing wrong with drama and silliness. But while the lack of conflict and plot in favor of unapologetic sentiment makes this book a quick read, that doesn’t make it any less endearing. The rhymed verse captures a mother’s wonder as she observes the many facets of her child’s personality: “Ah, Pookie. My little one. My funny one. My child. // Sometimes you are quiet. Sometimes you are wild.” On the simple joys of shared moments, she notes, “I love to go walking with you by my side. / I love when we sing when we go for a ride. // And I love just to watch as you think and you play. / The way that you are is a wonderful way.” Paired with author/illustrator Boynton’s irresistible renderings of a porcine mommy and her playful, snuggly little piglet, the result is impossible to fault. Whether quietly reading, running in a tiger suit, singing with mom in the car, ears flapping in the breeze, or enjoying the safety of mom’s embrace, Pookie’s appeal continues unabated.

An unabashed love letter from mother. (Board book. 1-4)

Pub Date: Dec. 4, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5344-3723-4

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Dec. 5, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2019

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THE WONKY DONKEY

The print version of a knee-slapping cumulative ditty.

In the song, Smith meets a donkey on the road. It is three-legged, and so a “wonky donkey” that, on further examination, has but one eye and so is a “winky wonky donkey” with a taste for country music and therefore a “honky-tonky winky wonky donkey,” and so on to a final characterization as a “spunky hanky-panky cranky stinky-dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey.” A free musical recording (of this version, anyway—the author’s website hints at an adults-only version of the song) is available from the publisher and elsewhere online. Even though the book has no included soundtrack, the sly, high-spirited, eye patch–sporting donkey that grins, winks, farts, and clumps its way through the song on a prosthetic metal hoof in Cowley’s informal watercolors supplies comical visual flourishes for the silly wordplay. Look for ready guffaws from young audiences, whether read or sung, though those attuned to disability stereotypes may find themselves wincing instead or as well.

Hee haw. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: May 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-545-26124-1

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Dec. 29, 2018

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