A nifty, unexpectedly sophisticated exploration of the tools and professions connected to the world of construction.

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WHOSE TOOLS?

This board book is an extended guessing game featuring 24 construction tools.

Each left-hand page features the start of a riddle, such as “To build a house, start down low,” “Place windows high, with floors below,” or “Keep all rooms dry in rain or snow,” and ends with this refrain: “Whose tools are those? Do you know?” The right-hand pages are populated by four or five tools of a particular trade, going way beyond the normal set of tools you might expect in board- or picture-book fare to include specific equipment like pipe cutters, jointers, floats, and wire strippers. The cheery illustrations lend a bit of needed whimsy by adding funny faces, legs, and feet to each device. Each tool-covered page is a foldout, with the page beneath revealing the answer to the riddle, including masons, carpenters, roofers, electricians, plumbers, and painters. The illustrations send the positive message that builders are women and men of different shapes, sizes, ages, and ethnic backgrounds. Little ones really into construction will appreciate the number and variety of tools featured here, and they will enjoy learning their names as well as which workers put them to use.

A nifty, unexpectedly sophisticated exploration of the tools and professions connected to the world of construction. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: May 5, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4197-1431-3

Page Count: 16

Publisher: abramsappleseed

Review Posted Online: March 17, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2015

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Instills a sense of well-being in youngsters while encouraging them to explore the natural world.

YOU ARE HOME WITH ME

This reassuring picture book exemplifies how parents throughout the animal kingdom make homes for their offspring.

The narrative is written from the point of view of a parent talking to their child: “If you were a beaver, I would gnaw on trees with my teeth to build a cozy lodge for us to sleep in during the day.” Text appears in big, easy-to-read type, with the name of the creature in boldface. Additional facts about the animal appear in a smaller font, such as: “Beavers have transparent eyelids to help them see under water.” The gathering of land, air, and water animals includes a raven, a flying squirrel, and a sea lion. “Home” might be a nest, a den, or a burrow. One example, of a blue whale who has homes in the north and south (ocean is implied), will help children stretch the concept into feeling at home in the larger world. Illustrations of the habitats have an inviting luminosity. Mature and baby animals are realistically depicted, although facial features appear to have been somewhat softened, perhaps to appeal to young readers. The book ends with the comforting scene of a human parent and child silhouetted in the welcoming lights of the house they approach: “Wherever you may be, you will always have a home with me.”

Instills a sense of well-being in youngsters while encouraging them to explore the natural world. (Informational picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: Nov. 12, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-63217-224-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Little Bigfoot/Sasquatch

Review Posted Online: July 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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Deceptively simple, with innovative illustrations and a catchy narrative, this book adeptly supplies information, a sense of...

SOME BUGS

A picture book that capers with joy in the buggy natural world.

With minimal words cajoled into loose rhyme—they have just enough structure to hold their own within the sprawling illustrations—each page of this ebullient book introduces a different bug’s proclivity (“Some bugs STING. Some bugs BITE”) while a small ladybug saunters past, serving as a cohesive visual element. (“Bug” is loosely construed to include many insects and arachnids.) The mixed-media illustrations play with form and white space, while the artistic-license black-and-white eyes of all the bugs cleverly draw readers’ gazes toward them, encouraging close examination. The second-to-final spread—a long shot—reveals to readers that the earlier illustrations in the book are actually close-ups of a single backyard. This visual surprise encourages the friendly accessibility of readers’ own backyards as habitats to explore. Only one jarring note disturbs the joyful tone of this book, and that is the indirect permission it gives to readers to capture these critters. As there is no textual exhortation to take care and let the creatures go after examining them, adults will need to underscore this independently.

Deceptively simple, with innovative illustrations and a catchy narrative, this book adeptly supplies information, a sense of accessibility, close looking and joie de vivre. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: March 4, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-4424-5880-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Dec. 24, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2014

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