Detailed illustrations coupled with rich vocabulary will certainly take readers up, up, and away! (Board book. 2-4)

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I AM AN AIRPLANE

This brief board book explains four different types of aircraft with short descriptions of each.

This quick, airplane-shaped read with glossy, thick board pages takes to the skies with surprisingly detailed illustrations of both familiar and lesser-known planes. The four shown—an airliner, a floatplane, a reconnaissance plane, and a light aircraft—are certainly high-interest for many young readers. The illustrations are vibrant and incredibly detailed, lifting this book into preschool territory: The ground crew’s tiny batons, the details on the luggage carrier and ramp right down to the levers and connectors, even the mini “caution” tag on the Air Force plane is legible. The colors are rich and vibrant, including a green patchwork of fields and the soft pinks of sunset on water. There are only a few people depicted, and not on every page, but they all present white. Though the text itself is straightforward, the vocabulary is rich with words such as “alight” and “survey” (not to mention the aforementioned “reconnaissance”), not typical board-book language. The similarly fashioned I Am a Tractor reads from the tractor’s point of view. A stereotypical white man is the farmer, but the illustrations are otherwise as detailed and the text as specific as Airplane.

Detailed illustrations coupled with rich vocabulary will certainly take readers up, up, and away! (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 9, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-33487-6

Page Count: 8

Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: May 26, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2019

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The cutesy and busy illustrations, confusing text, and sometimes-delicate tabs keep this from delivering everything it...

DELIVERY TRUCKS!

If lifting flaps is the goal, the 52 contained in this board book deliver.

A winking red “SPED-X!” truck on the cover promises intriguing treats on the die-cut pages within. On the first spread flaps on a fleet of four trucks reveal the tools of the trade: boxes, packing materials, a dolly, a pallet. Successive pages highlight specific types of cargo. Unfortunately, essential information is sacrificed in favor of rhyming text. For example, “A truck full of rides is the BEST ONE YET!” is identified as a carnival truck only by its clown face. But it does rhyme with the next, equally confusing, line: “But nothing beats the lovable truck that delivers your new PET!” This may have children wondering where the pet-delivery trucks in their neighborhood are. Similarly, a truck described as smelling “sweet” is delivering flowers, not the ice cream most children would assume. A double-page spread of a vehicle carrier is the most intriguing, though the double-cut tabs will quickly tear, and the vehicles revealed offer an odd mix of vocabulary. (What looks like a military jeep is identified as a “clunker”; other tabs hide a “hybrid car” with dangling plug, a personal “watercraft,” and an “ATV.”) Caregivers should heed the back cover’s caution: “HANDLE WITH CARE.”

The cutesy and busy illustrations, confusing text, and sometimes-delicate tabs keep this from delivering everything it promises. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: May 30, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4814-9219-5

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: May 10, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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Serviceable, reasonably toddler-friendly fare.

POP-UP OCEAN

Denizens of the deep in diminutive 3-D displays.

Arranged in a seemingly arbitrary sequence, the 15 figures popping up, one per spread, in this small, square volume include some dolllike humans or human artifacts but are mostly very simply rendered sea animals sporting smiles and big eyes. All feature one- or two-word identifiers and hover above monochrome backgrounds enhanced, sometimes, with a simple nautical detail. The pop-ups, constructed largely from reverse folds, are designed as static compositions aside from a crab that waves its claws at viewers as the spread opens. Other than a similar but not identical boat and a subway train, the equally simple vehicles in the co-published Pop-Up Things That Go! roll on or fly over dry land. In both books, human figures are all white except for one of three firefighters and a child collecting a cone from the “ice cream van” in Things That Go! (which also places the driver of its bus on the British side).

Serviceable, reasonably toddler-friendly fare. (Pop-up picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: March 13, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5362-0119-2

Page Count: 30

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: March 18, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2018

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