VEHICLES by Xavier Deneux
Kirkus Star


From the "TouchThinkLearn" series
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Age Range: 2 - 4
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Different types of vehicles are introduced using tactile images paired with word clusters.

Each double-page spread highlights a certain type of vehicle, with raised images on the left-hand pages fitting into matching indentations on the right. For example, on the “Train” spread, readers see a curving set of train tracks recessed into the thick board pages on the right, paired with the raised image of a train on the left. The illustrations are simple, colorful, and appealing, and the textures and word clusters invite exploration. The word cluster for the aforementioned spread includes several nouns separated by small gray dots (locomotive, tracks, caboose, passenger car, curve, windows, and roof) as well as a couple of participles in italics (chugging, rolling). The indentations and raised images aren’t always an exact match, and this just adds to the fun of discovery. On the spaceship spread, the image of a large crescent moon is recessed into the right-hand page, while the left features a raised spaceship (which fits into the space carved out by the moon but doesn’t fill it entirely). Companion title Farm follows a similar format, highlighting adorable farm animals and providing related words to spark conversation.

The tactile elements, engaging visuals, and provocative word clusters offer a rewarding experience for adults and tots alike. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Aug. 4th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4521-4516-7
Page count: 16pp
Publisher: Handprint/Chronicle
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2016


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