Endearing characters and tactile involvement, with a little coaching, should make this a hit with toddlers.

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PLAY HIDE-AND-SEEK WITH PEPE & MILLIE

A cat, a dog, and a bird play hide-and-seek with the help of dexterous readers.

Movable elements “animate” the hide-and-seek play of Pepe the dog and Millie the cat, as well as their little friend Emma, a bird, in this simple, charmingly illustrated story. The thick pages of this board book incorporate sliding panels that allow the characters to slip behind trees, reeds, and flowerbeds, among other things, hiding or revealing themselves depending on which way readers slide the panels. Window and door flaps offer more possible hiding places for toddlers to explore, although a rough toddler with a good grip might make short work of them. When Pepe and Millie can’t find Emma, they search the kitchen, where readers can open the doors to the cabinets and also to the oven, where Pepe is baking a cake. Hopefully, kids will realize that ovens get hot and are not suitable places to hide or play. This book may well delight toddlers, but caregivers should probably give it a dry run by themselves to figure out how to operate the various features. Opening the flaps for the first time and moving the sliding panels can be tricky, although the book is generally well-designed and not hard to operate. The simultaneously publishing A Day with Pepe & Millie uses the sliding panels to show characters swinging, feeding fish, and slurping spaghetti, among other activities.

Endearing characters and tactile involvement, with a little coaching, should make this a hit with toddlers. (Board book. 18 mos.-4)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-8075-6482-0

Page Count: 17

Publisher: Whitman

Review Posted Online: Nov. 22, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2018

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Parents of toddlers starting school or day care should seek separation-anxiety remedies elsewhere, and fans of the original...

A KISSING HAND FOR CHESTER RACCOON

From the Kissing Hand series

A sweetened, condensed version of the best-selling picture book, The Kissing Hand.

As in the original, Chester Raccoon is nervous about attending Owl’s night school (raccoons are nocturnal). His mom kisses him on the paw and reminds him, “With a Kissing Hand… / We’ll never be apart.” The text boils the story down to its key elements, causing this version to feel rushed. Gone is the list of fun things Chester will get to do at school. Fans of the original may be disappointed that this board edition uses a different illustrator. Gibson’s work is equally sentimental, but her renderings are stiff and flat in comparison to the watercolors of Harper and Leak. Very young readers will probably not understand that Owl’s tree, filled with opossums, a squirrel, a chipmunk and others, is supposed to be a school.

Parents of toddlers starting school or day care should seek separation-anxiety remedies elsewhere, and fans of the original shouldn’t look to this version as replacement for their page-worn copies. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: April 1, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-933718-77-4

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Tanglewood Publishing

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2014

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This brisk read is a solid accompaniment to Easter preparations.

THIS LITTLE BUNNY

Little bunnies prepare for the definitive bunny holiday.

Bunnies prepare for Easter in this board book. In verse set to the cadence of “This Little Piggy,” bunnies go to market, bake a cake, paint eggs, weave a basket, and do all sorts of other things to get ready for Easter. Rescek’s illustrations take full advantage of spring’s color palette, employing purples, pinks, oranges, and blues and incorporating striped and spotted ovals evoking Easter eggs. Little readers learning about the Easter Bunny for the first time will be delighted to get a peek at the process bunnies may go through to prepare for Easter and how it mirrors activities they perform with their parents.

This brisk read is a solid accompaniment to Easter preparations. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4998-0105-7

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Little Bee

Review Posted Online: April 13, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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