Beachgoers will appreciate this funny, punny day by the shore.


From the Turkey Trouble series , Vol. 7

Will Turkey ever be able to enjoy the beach?

Farmer Jake has set up a petting zoo on the beach boardwalk for the Summer Children’s Festival. All the animals are “happy to be there….Mostly.” But Turkey wants to leave the enclosure and explore. “I’ve never even had a chance to walk on a beach!” he exclaims. “So…long time, no sea?” chuckles Rooster. “Baaaad joke!” says Sheep. More delightfully groanworthy puns are sprinkled throughout the story as Turkey, helped by his farm friends, attempts to sneak onto the beach. First, Turkey disguises himself as a crab with beach ball eyes, a life-preserver body, and toy shovel claws. “Turkey looked just like a crab…almost.” Turkey scuttles to the water but is soon discovered by the lifeguard and guided back to the petting zoo. Turkey also becomes a seashell, a surfer, and a shark. Unfortunately, his costumes don’t fool the lifeguard or Farmer Jake. When Farmer Jake falls asleep, Rooster has the “gobbledy-great idea” of entering the sand-sculpture contest. Turkey’s dream comes true when the animals’ “Turkey Town” sculpture wins the grand prize—a free stay at a house on their own private beach. Cartoon illustrations featuring sandy beiges and ocean blues add humor through exaggerated facial expressions and the details of Turkey’s costumes. Farmer Jake and the lifeguard present White; other humans are diverse. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

Beachgoers will appreciate this funny, punny day by the shore. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: May 9, 2023

ISBN: 9781662508356

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Two Lions

Review Posted Online: Jan. 12, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2023

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While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis’ The Twelve Days of...


Rabe follows a young girl through her first 12 days of kindergarten in this book based on the familiar Christmas carol.

The typical firsts of school are here: riding the bus, making friends, sliding on the playground slide, counting, sorting shapes, laughing at lunch, painting, singing, reading, running, jumping rope, and going on a field trip. While the days are given ordinal numbers, the song skips the cardinal numbers in the verses, and the rhythm is sometimes off: “On the second day of kindergarten / I thought it was so cool / making lots of friends / and riding the bus to my school!” The narrator is a white brunette who wears either a tunic or a dress each day, making her pretty easy to differentiate from her classmates, a nice mix in terms of race; two students even sport glasses. The children in the ink, paint, and collage digital spreads show a variety of emotions, but most are happy to be at school, and the surroundings will be familiar to those who have made an orientation visit to their own schools.

While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis’ The Twelve Days of Kindergarten (2003), it basically gets the job done. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: June 21, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-06-234834-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 4, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2016

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The print version of a knee-slapping cumulative ditty.

In the song, Smith meets a donkey on the road. It is three-legged, and so a “wonky donkey” that, on further examination, has but one eye and so is a “winky wonky donkey” with a taste for country music and therefore a “honky-tonky winky wonky donkey,” and so on to a final characterization as a “spunky hanky-panky cranky stinky-dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey.” A free musical recording (of this version, anyway—the author’s website hints at an adults-only version of the song) is available from the publisher and elsewhere online. Even though the book has no included soundtrack, the sly, high-spirited, eye patch–sporting donkey that grins, winks, farts, and clumps its way through the song on a prosthetic metal hoof in Cowley’s informal watercolors supplies comical visual flourishes for the silly wordplay. Look for ready guffaws from young audiences, whether read or sung, though those attuned to disability stereotypes may find themselves wincing instead or as well.

Hee haw. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: May 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-545-26124-1

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Dec. 29, 2018

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