Sturdy, engaging, and fun—sure to slide into the hands of many a little one.


Find the chick as it hides and cheeps on a farm.

Beginning right on the cover, the cheery yellow chick takes center stage. An indented circle, easy for small fingers to find and with a clear directional arrow, slides to reveal a carrot top, bee, and worm in three openings. The chick’s cheeps on subsequent pages hint at where to find the chick. A sliding, smiling sun paired with the text “Cock-a-doodle-cheep” shares the page with windows in which a rooster and a bee appear. The chick hides in a wheelbarrow next to a brown-skinned female farmer. A large pull-tab hides the chick behind a horse and then a cow on back-to-back pages. (For this maneuver to work, the large pull-tab must be closed before the page is turned.) The most difficult element to manipulate is a tractor moving across a field. Finally: “Shh, shh, zzz…”—all the animals are asleep behind two sturdy barn-door flaps, and the brown-skinned farmer rests her hand comfortably in the crook of a light-skinned farmer’s arm. The final spread is review: “What did you find on the farm?” with nine previously shown items labeled. Simple text, questions on each spread, clear illustrations, and things to move make this a likely hit for older toddlers and preschoolers.

Sturdy, engaging, and fun—sure to slide into the hands of many a little one. (Novelty board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Jan. 5, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-68010-643-5

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: March 31, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2021

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Fun format; bland text.


From the Block Books series

A hefty board book filled with ruminations on the nature of love.

While love is the topic of this board book, it’s the inventive gatefolds and charmingly vintage illustrations that readers will fall for. Brimming with sweeping declarations along the lines of “Love is / strong. // You have my back and I’ll always have yours,” the text sounds like a series of greeting cards strung together. It’s benign enough, but are most toddlers interested in generic proclamations about love? Some statements, like the ones on “unsinkable” hippos or a panda parent holding a cub “steady,” could introduce new vocabulary. At least there’s plenty of winsome critters to fawn over as the surprisingly sturdy flaps tell dramatic little ministories for each cartoon-style animal species. A downcast baby giraffe looks longingly up at a too-high tasty branch; lift a flap to bring an adult giraffe—and the delicacy—down to the baby, or watch an adventurous young fox retreat into a fold-down–flap burrow to learn that “my heart will always be home with you.” At points, the pages are tricky to turn in the correct order, but clever touches, like a series of folds that slow readers down to a sloth’s speed, make up for it. The book concludes with a gatefold revealing a vibrant playground populated with racially and ethnically diverse humans; two are wheelchair users.

Fun format; bland text. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-4197-3153-2

Page Count: 84

Publisher: Abrams Appleseed

Review Posted Online: Dec. 25, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2021

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For toddlers unafraid of typical Halloween imagery.


A troop of cats traverse a spooky landscape as they make their way to a party hosted by ghosts.

Each double-page spread shows the felines’ encounters with the likes of an owl, jack-o’-lanterns or a bat. One or two of these creepy meetings may be too abstract for the youngest readers, as the cats hear eerie noises with no discernible source on the page. The text, which consists of one rhyming couplet per scene, mostly scans despite a couple of wobbles: “Five black cats get a bit of a scare / As the flip-flapping wings of a bat fill the air.” The sleek, slightly retro art, likely created using a computer, depicts the cats cavorting at night through a shadowy cityscape, the countryside and a haunted house; they may scare some toddlers and delight others. A brighter color palette would have given the project a friendlier, more universal appeal. Luckily, the well-lit, final party scene provides a playful conclusion.

For toddlers unafraid of typical Halloween imagery. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-58925-611-8

Page Count: 22

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: Sept. 25, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2014

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