A book certain to engross and enthrall.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?

Carle’s latest collection of compositions by artistic friends—assembled to support his eponymous museum—celebrates the splendor of color.

The rainbow of stripes on the endpapers links this with Bill Martin Jr. and Carle’s blockbuster, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, although here the brushstrokes are vertical. Carle leads with yellow sunshine, partially, he notes, because the color presents a process-related challenge, while Uri Shulevitz honors all colors in his concluding collage of architectural facades: “Because a single color may feel lonely.” From William Low’s Bronx brownstones and Etienne Delessert’s surreal indigo nomad to Bryan Collier’s rainy-day-blue balloons and the late Anna Dewdney’s (now especially poignant) purple peacocks, 15 double-page spreads and a few accompanying sentences offer access to a diverse range of styles and personalities. A familiar-looking elephant adorns itself with green paint in Philip C. Stead’s scene, which he accompanies with a poem. The white background of Yuyi Morales’ crosshatched portrait of herself as a child presents a striking contrast to the “Mexican Pink” bougainvillea she holds. This title offers visual stimulation to the very young, a chance to explore a concept imaginatively with preschoolers, and, for older children, opportunities to converse about the styles and dispositions of illustrators they may recognize. There are no notes about the media, but this is a minor critique.

A book certain to engross and enthrall. (biographies, photographs, websites) (Picture book. 2-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-8050-9614-9

Page Count: 42

Publisher: Godwin Books/Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: April 17, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2017

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Youngsters will enjoy the playful art if they aren’t overwhelmed by the busy design.

MRS. PEANUCKLE'S BUG ALPHABET

From the Mrs. Peanuckle's Alphabet Library series , Vol. 4

From Ant to Zorapteran, each page presents a variety of insects, both commonplace and obscure.

Narrator Mrs. Peanuckle, who enjoys sharing her likes and dislikes and writing about herself in the third person, has penned one to two sentences of quirky description and interesting facts for each insect representing a different letter of the alphabet: “L is for Ladybug / The loveliest of insects. They help Mrs. Peanuckle by eating the bugs on her roses!” The text often takes up most of the page and employs a different typeface per word, thus making the pages difficult to scan—often the featured letter of the alphabet merges with the name of the insect (“Inchworm” looks as though it has two I’s, for example). Ford’s lively insects skitter around the words in luminescent color; as with any effective insect book, there’s just enough detail to provoke interest without an ick-response. The companion book, Mrs. Peanuckle’s Flower Alphabet, presents blooms from Aster to Zinnia, with the same formula but with a more winsome approach to the art; here many of the flowers sport smiling faces in the same bold color palette.

Youngsters will enjoy the playful art if they aren’t overwhelmed by the busy design. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Feb. 27, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-62336-939-2

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Rodale Kids

Review Posted Online: March 18, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2018

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A good choice for a late fall storytime.

SNACK, SNOOZE, SKEDADDLE

HOW ANIMALS GET READY FOR WINTER

Animal behaviors change as they prepare to face the winter.

Migrate, hibernate, or tolerate. With smooth rhymes and jaunty illustrations, Salas and Gévry introduce three strategies animals use for coping with winter cold. The author’s long experience in imparting information to young readers is evident in her selection of familiar animals and in her presentation. Spread by spread she introduces her examples, preparing in fall and surviving in winter. She describes two types of migration: Hummingbirds and monarchs fly, and blue whales travel to the warmth of the south; earthworms burrow deeper into the earth. Without using technical words, she introduces four forms of hibernation—chipmunks nap and snack; bears mainly sleep; Northern wood frogs become an “icy pop,” frozen until spring; and normally solitary garter snakes snuggle together in huge masses. Those who can tolerate the winter still change behavior. Mice store food and travel in tunnels under the snow; moose grow a warmer kind of fur; the red fox dives into the snow to catch small mammals (like those mice); and humans put on warm clothes and play. The animals in the soft pastel illustrations are recognizable, more cuddly than realistic, and quite appealing; their habitats are stylized. The humans represent varied ethnicities. Each page includes two levels of text, and there’s further information in the extensive backmatter. Pair with Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen’s Winter Bees (2014).

A good choice for a late fall storytime. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 3, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5415-2900-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Millbrook/Lerner

Review Posted Online: June 16, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2019

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