Here is one case where more is definitely just right.

MORE!

From the Otto the Rhino series

Who doesn’t love getting a little more? Otto is an expert at “More!”

“Otto was a very BUSY rhino. / His space station was bigger than Mom. And even bigger than Dad. But still NOT big ENOUGH!” But after he adds extra platforms and towers and rockets, Otto’s cardboard space station goes “CRASH!” More cupcakes are always good, but Grandma and Mom are not pleased Otto ate them all. Otto likes more noisy things (drums and horns) and more quiet things (books at storytime). When he’s invited to his friend’s costume birthday party, Otto makes his own outfit: a huge, wearable spaceship with wings and puff balls and a cone. Everyone thinks it’s amazing…but it slows him down. He can’t play or free himself from the shrubbery, meaning he misses out on the cake! Otto learns more is not always better, except when the “more” is more friends. Corderoy and Warnes team up for a third Otto title in which the young rhino learns the concepts behind his new words. A nice mix of spot, full-page, and double-page-spread images in soft, bright colors depict enthusiastic and smiling anthropomorphic animals. Toddlers will recognize themselves, and maybe they’ll even internalize the message.

Here is one case where more is definitely just right. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-84869-134-6

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: April 15, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2015

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This ambitious, interactive exploration of color will be of particular appeal to dog lovers.

COLOR DOG

A chunky board book about colors features photographs of dogs and incorporates many interactive elements.

Even the front cover of this title is interactive. Pull a large red tab, and a bulldog’s head moves back and forth as he chews on the shoelace of a red tennis shoe. Inside, further interactive features, rhyming text, and illustrations featuring cute pups and their adorable antics await. For example, the orange pages offer a collage of pumpkins, autumn foliage, puppies, and a cat, reading: “Orange the patch of pumpkins, / Orange the autumn leaves, / Orange the frumpy, napping cat… / that I chase up a tree.” One of the pumpkins is a flap that conceals the face of a precious pup, and another, larger flap hides a pop-up tree branch on which an orange kitty perches. Other pages incorporate some more noxious surprises, such as: “Green the swamp I love to swim in, / Green the summer grass, / Green the color of the air… / when my dog food gives me gas.” Pull the tab here to trigger a large green cloud that emanates from the back end of a suitably embarrassed-looking basset hound.

This ambitious, interactive exploration of color will be of particular appeal to dog lovers. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Aug. 25, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4814-4986-1

Page Count: 22

Publisher: Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Sept. 21, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

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Fun format; bland text.

LOVEBLOCK

From the Block Books series

A hefty board book filled with ruminations on the nature of love.

While love is the topic of this board book, it’s the inventive gatefolds and charmingly vintage illustrations that readers will fall for. Brimming with sweeping declarations along the lines of “Love is / strong. // You have my back and I’ll always have yours,” the text sounds like a series of greeting cards strung together. It’s benign enough, but are most toddlers interested in generic proclamations about love? Some statements, like the ones on “unsinkable” hippos or a panda parent holding a cub “steady,” could introduce new vocabulary. At least there’s plenty of winsome critters to fawn over as the surprisingly sturdy flaps tell dramatic little ministories for each cartoon-style animal species. A downcast baby giraffe looks longingly up at a too-high tasty branch; lift a flap to bring an adult giraffe—and the delicacy—down to the baby, or watch an adventurous young fox retreat into a fold-down–flap burrow to learn that “my heart will always be home with you.” At points, the pages are tricky to turn in the correct order, but clever touches, like a series of folds that slow readers down to a sloth’s speed, make up for it. The book concludes with a gatefold revealing a vibrant playground populated with racially and ethnically diverse humans; two are wheelchair users.

Fun format; bland text. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-4197-3153-2

Page Count: 84

Publisher: Abrams Appleseed

Review Posted Online: Dec. 25, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2021

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