Sure to encourage toddlers to smile.

WHY CRY?

Die-cut, wide-open crying mouths build up to a happy surprise at the end.

This whimsical board book aims to bring a smile to the face of a crying child. Starting with the cover, readers see a brightly colored purple mouse on a white background; its mouth is wide open, crying. On each successive right-hand page readers will encounter more crying creatures: a kitten, a rabbit, a monkey, a pig, a bear, and two children (perhaps a girl and a boy). Each one of them is brightly colored and boldly outlined in black, on a white background. The page at the back of the sequence of die-cut mouths is red, lending a dramatic effect to the wide-open mouths. The trick here lies in the perspective. Each successive creature looks closer, occupying more of the page, and the mouths growing larger, until the last face occupies the entire page. Meanwhile, each left-hand page has some consoling sentence: “Oh, little kitten, don’t cry!” “Little pig, come have a hug!” But more importantly, each statement is set on a solid color: purple, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red. Yes! The colors of the rainbow. When readers turn the page on the last crying mouth, they will find the colors and the layered die cuts make a rainbow!

Sure to encourage toddlers to smile. (Board book. 1-2)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2016

ISBN: 978-988-8341-04-7

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Minedition

Review Posted Online: Oct. 12, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

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As warm and fuzzy as a loving bear family can be.

MOMMY, DADDY, AND ME!

More than anything else, Little Bear likes playing with Mommy and Daddy.

As Little Bear stands among his toys sporting a cute red-and-white–striped shirt, readers learn that after playing with his toys, “he looks forward to playing with Mommy and Daddy… / …and Mommy and Daddy can’t wait to play with him!” And play they do. Daddy tickles his tummy, “picks him up high and lands him like a plane,” and comforts him when he’s upset. Mommy rubs his nose with hers. And Mommy and Daddy pass Little Bear between them like a ball. The action is helped along by appropriately placed, sturdy die cuts, gatefolds, and flaps. A half-page flap is used to show Little Bear going back and forth between Mommy and Daddy; a gatefold opens up to show that Daddy has just landed a joyful Little Bear. The members of Tharlet’s anthropomorphic bear family have warm, expressive faces, mostly white backgrounds keeping the focus centered on the characters. In this sweet book even Little Bear’s toys sport smiles. Young readers will easily recognize the simple interactions from their own families’ expressions of affection, and they’ll enjoy poking little fingers through the round die cuts.

As warm and fuzzy as a loving bear family can be. (Board book. 1-2)

Pub Date: March 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-988-8341-97-9

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Minedition

Review Posted Online: Jan. 12, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2020

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The cozy experience of love within these pages is palpable.

BLANKIES

A hymn of praise to a variety of blankies and security objects.

“Blankie big, / Blankie tiny, // Blankie knitty, knotty, / shiny!” The rhymed verse continues in this vein, sharing a line or half a line per page. Thompson’s quick-study sketches are droll and funny, capturing the humor of blankies lost, found and at play. The facts that she calls all loveys (including stuffed animals) blankies and that a stuffed bear somehow falls out of an airplane in flight may confuse some adult readers, but little ones will connect with the scenes immediately. The diversity of the toddlers depicted in these scenes is refreshing and reminiscent of Helen Oxenbury’s works; the child who is wearing a medical eye patch with a zebra pattern that happens to match his stuffed zebra’s coat is a particularly welcome sight. It is also rare and pleasing to find a book about blankies that does not try to make the child leave it behind.

The cozy experience of love within these pages is palpable. (Board book. 1-2)

Pub Date: June 1, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-84643-515-7

Page Count: 22

Publisher: Child's Play

Review Posted Online: May 22, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2013

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