Useful in libraries, day cares, and homes where nonreligious Christmas board books are in demand.

FIVE CHRISTMAS FRIENDS

A COUNT & SLIDE BOOK

A holiday novelty book for counting from one to five.

Below or beside a number in large font on the verso of each spread is a line of text that begins with that number spelled out in capital letters. The book features small cutout images that little fingers can slide left and right. The cover itself includes a red bird for sliding nestled between a brown-skinned elf and a White Santa. On the next spread, moving Santa’s bemittened hand reveals (at the bottom of the page) a mouse in a window. “TWO chilly snowman friends” toss a snowball; when sliding that snowball, a mouse connected to it skates on a pond of ice. Turn the wheel by the “FOUR happy cardinals” to find items emblematic of the Christmas holiday in a birdhouse window and on the cover of a songbook the birds hold. The mouse shows up on every page, including the final spread where “FIVE flying reindeer” find the mouse behind a door flap. A simple, unobtrusive rhyme scheme, fitting for the attention span of toddlers, avoids an annoying singsong cadence or forced rhyming. The level of information is well suited for youngsters already familiar with secular Christmas traditions. Though counting to five is appropriate for the youngest toddlers, the five action elements may not be enough to maintain interest beyond the first reading.

Useful in libraries, day cares, and homes where nonreligious Christmas board books are in demand. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Sept. 7, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-68010-690-9

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: Oct. 27, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2021

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Plotless and pointless, the book clearly exists only because its celebrity author wrote it.

YOUR BABY'S FIRST WORD WILL BE DADA

A succession of animal dads do their best to teach their young to say “Dada” in this picture-book vehicle for Fallon.

A grumpy bull says, “DADA!”; his calf moos back. A sad-looking ram insists, “DADA!”; his lamb baas back. A duck, a bee, a dog, a rabbit, a cat, a mouse, a donkey, a pig, a frog, a rooster, and a horse all fail similarly, spread by spread. A final two-spread sequence finds all of the animals arrayed across the pages, dads on the verso and children on the recto. All the text prior to this point has been either iterations of “Dada” or animal sounds in dialogue bubbles; here, narrative text states, “Now everybody get in line, let’s say it together one more time….” Upon the turn of the page, the animal dads gaze round-eyed as their young across the gutter all cry, “DADA!” (except the duckling, who says, “quack”). Ordóñez's illustrations have a bland, digital look, compositions hardly varying with the characters, although the pastel-colored backgrounds change. The punch line fails from a design standpoint, as the sudden, single-bubble chorus of “DADA” appears to be emanating from background features rather than the baby animals’ mouths (only some of which, on close inspection, appear to be open). It also fails to be funny.

Plotless and pointless, the book clearly exists only because its celebrity author wrote it. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: June 9, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-250-00934-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Review Posted Online: April 15, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2015

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This ambitious, interactive exploration of color will be of particular appeal to dog lovers.

COLOR DOG

A chunky board book about colors features photographs of dogs and incorporates many interactive elements.

Even the front cover of this title is interactive. Pull a large red tab, and a bulldog’s head moves back and forth as he chews on the shoelace of a red tennis shoe. Inside, further interactive features, rhyming text, and illustrations featuring cute pups and their adorable antics await. For example, the orange pages offer a collage of pumpkins, autumn foliage, puppies, and a cat, reading: “Orange the patch of pumpkins, / Orange the autumn leaves, / Orange the frumpy, napping cat… / that I chase up a tree.” One of the pumpkins is a flap that conceals the face of a precious pup, and another, larger flap hides a pop-up tree branch on which an orange kitty perches. Other pages incorporate some more noxious surprises, such as: “Green the swamp I love to swim in, / Green the summer grass, / Green the color of the air… / when my dog food gives me gas.” Pull the tab here to trigger a large green cloud that emanates from the back end of a suitably embarrassed-looking basset hound.

This ambitious, interactive exploration of color will be of particular appeal to dog lovers. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Aug. 25, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4814-4986-1

Page Count: 22

Publisher: Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Sept. 21, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

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