Readers will want to revisit this visually and textually lively, tactile story over and over again. (Board book. 1-3)

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WHERE IS FUZZY PENGUIN?

Find Fuzzy Penguin on every page of this delightfully teeming book.

Fuzzy Penguin lives in Antarctica with her penguin friends, penguin family, and a small host of other fascinating creatures, such as whales and seals. Follow Fuzzy through her adventures playing with her friends, waiting for eggs to hatch, swimming in the cold ocean, and, finally, falling asleep at night. If readers want to know what Fuzzy is specifically doing in each panorama, though, they will have to search carefully by either feeling the page until they find her velvety, textured body or scanning for her three-feather topknot. On each spread of this board book, rhyming text tells a short, pithy story about what Fuzzy is doing with her penguin friends and family. The cartoon drawings are filled with action and detail, lending themselves to additional scrutiny and storytelling. Readers will enjoy running their hands across the pages until they feel Fuzzy’s soft body—and, for those with more-advanced reading comprehension, using the clues in the text to locate Fuzzy’s exact spot on the page. The use of repeated onomatopoeia such as “Crack, crack, crack! Scratch, scratch, scratch!” is not only a lot of fun to read aloud, but also an invitation for children to quickly memorize the text and “read” along.

Readers will want to revisit this visually and textually lively, tactile story over and over again. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-53802-1

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: July 24, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character.

SPOOKY POOKIE

One of Boynton's signature characters celebrates Halloween.

It's Halloween time, and Pookie the pig is delighted. Mom helps the little porker pick out the perfect Halloween costume, a process that spans the entire board book. Using an abcb rhyme scheme, Boynton dresses Pookie in a series of cheerful costumes, including a dragon, a bunny, and even a caped superhero. Pookie eventually settles on the holiday classic, a ghost, by way of a bedsheet. Boynton sprinkles in amusing asides to her stanzas as Pookie offers costume commentary ("It's itchy"; "It's hot"; "I feel silly"). Little readers will enjoy the notion of transforming themselves with their own Halloween costumes while reading this book, and a few parents may get some ideas as well. Boynton's clean, sharp illustrations are as good as ever. This is Pookie's first holiday title, but readers will surely welcome more.

A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: July 7, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-553-51233-5

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Robin Corey/Random

Review Posted Online: July 27, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

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An excellent, rounded effort from a creator who knows how to deliver.

EEK! HALLOWEEN!

The farmyard's chickens experience Halloween.

A round, full moon shines in the sky, and the chickens of Boynton's barnyard are feeling “nervous.” Pumpkins shine “with flickering eyes,” witches and wizards wander the pastures, and one chicken has seen “a mouse of enormous size.” It’s Halloween night, and readers will delight as the chickens huddle together and try to figure out what's going on. All ends well, of course, and in Boynton's trademark silly style. (It’s really quite remarkable how her ranks of white, yellow-beaked chickens evoke rows of candy corn.) At this point parents and children know what they're in for when they pick up a book by the prolific author, and she doesn't disappoint here. The chickens are silly, the pigs are cute, and the coloring and illustrations evoke a warmth that little ones wary of Halloween will appreciate. For children leery of the ghouls and goblins lurking in the holiday's iconography, this is a perfect antidote, emphasizing all the fun Halloween has to offer.

An excellent, rounded effort from a creator who knows how to deliver. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Aug. 23, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-7611-9300-5

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Workman

Review Posted Online: Sept. 19, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

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