Meow meow purr meow (translation: a charmer).

MEOW!

Won’t anyone play yarn ball?

A little black-and-white kitty asks an adult cat in a dress to play, but she’s too busy gardening. Similarly, another adult cat, this one in spectacles and an apron, is occupied in the kitchen and can’t play. A slightly larger kitten with a yellow bow over one ear is far too engrossed in a book to play. Little kitty is despondent and acts up, running all over the house with the yellow yarn trailing behind. It’s tangled in the chandelier, the table legs, the chair legs, the family’s legs! That makes everyone angry and earns the little puss a timeout. (The adults show their teeth a bit here.) The tot apologizes and, with some help from the older sibling, rolls all the yellow yarn back up. Then the wee one assists each family member with the task that was interrupted (even joining older sibling in the chair with the book)…and then everyone has time to play eight-pawed cat’s cradle before bath and bed. In the final image, the little kitten snuggles down with the yellow yarn ball and purrs. Ying’s expressive, anthropomorphic feline family is utterly endearing, and small humans will easily recognize themselves even though the tale is told entirely in pictures and meows (and one purr). The digitally created illustrations appear painted, and young kitten lovers will be able to tell themselves the story without worrying over words.

Meow meow purr meow (translation: a charmer). (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 3, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-06-244096-9

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: July 2, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2017

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Beloved Little Blue takes a bit of the mystery—and fear—out of Halloween costumes.

LITTLE BLUE TRUCK'S HALLOWEEN

A lift-the-flap book gives the littlest trick-or-treaters some practice identifying partygoers under their costumes.

Little Blue Truck and his buddy Toad are off to a party, and they invite readers (and a black cat) along for the ride: “ ‘Beep! Beep! Beep!’ / says Little Blue. / ‘It’s Halloween!’ / You come, too.” As they drive, they are surprised (and joined) by many of their friends in costume. “Who’s that in a tutu / striking a pose / up on the tiniest / tips of her toes? / Under the mask / who do you see?” Lifting the flap unmasks a friend: “ ‘Quack!’ says the duck. / ‘It’s me! It’s me!’ ” The sheep is disguised as a clown, the cow’s a queen, the pig’s a witch, the hen and her chick are pirates, and the horse is a dragon. Not to be left out, Little Blue has a costume, too. The flaps are large and sturdy, and enough of the animals’ characteristic features are visible under and around the costumes that little ones will be able to make successful guesses even on the first reading. Lovely curvy shapes and autumn colors fade to dusky blues as night falls, and children are sure to notice the traditional elements of a Halloween party: apple bobbing, lit jack-o’-lanterns, and punch and treats.

Beloved Little Blue takes a bit of the mystery—and fear—out of Halloween costumes. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-544-77253-3

Page Count: 16

Publisher: HMH Books

Review Posted Online: July 20, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2016

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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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