THE FROG AND HIS FRIENDS SAVE HUMANITY/LA RANA Y SUS AMIGOS SALVAN A LA HUMANIDAD

In this amusing, and mildly scatological, pourquoi tale set during the “Spring of Creation,” the animals discover a tiny hairless creature they have never seen before—the first human. As they debate what to do about it (the carnivores suggest eating it), the frog decides to rub its stomach—like its own mother used to do—to see if the creature does anything besides smile. Thus they discover the baby’s special gift—farting. They conclude that the baby’s purpose is to bring all the animals together with laughter and thus enters the pourquoi: Frogs croak and turtles are always on the move trying to spread the news, and armadillos roll into balls with laughter at the idea that anyone will believe the news when they hear it. Ramírez’s rich color-saturated, stylized illustrations recall in some ways the artwork of Pacific Northwest tribes. Longer than most picture books, and perhaps too indelicate for read-alouds with younger audiences, this is perfect for second through fifth graders and their sometimes-crude sense of humor. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: May 31, 2005

ISBN: 1-55885-429-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Arte Público

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2005

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LITTLE QUACK

The odyssey of ducklings venturing forth from their comfortable nests into the big world resonates with children and has been a well-traveled subject of many works geared toward young readers. Thompson’s (Mouse’s First Valentine, 2002, etc.) latest effort will certainly appeal to youngsters despite its lack of originality. Mama Duck is coaxing her five hesitant ducklings (Widdle, Waddle, Piddle, Puddle, and Little Quack) into the water one at a time. A “quack-u-lator” at the bottom of the pages adds an interesting mathematical element, helping children count along as ducklings jump into the pond. Mama encourages each nervous duckling to “paddle on the water with me . . . you can do it . . . I know you can.” Overcoming their initial fright, the first four ducklings “splish, splash, sploosh, and splosh” happily into the water. The simple tale’s climax occurs when Little Quack wavers at the water’s edge. “Could he do it? Did he dare?” Not to spoil the ending, but suffice it to say all five ducklings swim off “proud as can be.” In his debut effort, Anderson’s bright and colorful illustrations are lively and captivating. The five adorable ducklings embark on this rite of passage sporting unique looks ranging from Mohawk-type head feathers to orange spots and flowered hair adornments. A pleasant enough take on an old standby. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2003

ISBN: 0-689-84723-8

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2002

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This TV rerun in board-book form has nothing new to offer.

PEPPA'S GIANT PUMPKIN

From the Peppa Pig series

Peppa hopes to join her classmates in a Halloween pumpkin competition in this adaptation of a story from the popular British television program Peppa Pig.

With the help of Granny and Grandpa Pig, Peppa turns her giant pumpkin, which is the size of a compact car, into a jack-o’-lantern. The trio is flummoxed when it comes time to transport the pumpkin to the competition, so they call on Miss Rabbit and her helicopter to airlift the pumpkin to the festivities as Peppa and her grandparents ride inside. Peppa arrives just in time for the contest and wins the prize for best flying pumpkin. The scenes look as if they are pulled directly from the television show, right down to the rectangular framing of some of the scenes. While the story is literally nothing new, the text is serviceable, describing the action in two to three sentences per page. The pumpkin-shaped book and orange foil cover will likely attract youngsters, whether they are Peppa fans or not.

This TV rerun in board-book form has nothing new to offer. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 30, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-33922-2

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Sept. 24, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2019

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