Hoban (Arthur's Camp-Out, 1993, etc.) has created a honey of a board book (as well as its companion, Big Little Lion, ISBN 0- 694-00851-6) that addresses the timeworn complaint of youngsters who believe they aren't being treated like the big kids they wish they were. Otter endures his mother's cleaning licks and her solo hunting for dinner (they munch away on what look like boiled crabs), but what he really wants is to join in the hunt (``I'm not a baby, Mama. I can fish for supper, too''). He demonstrates his diving, flipping, and spinning talents, and says, ``I'm a big little otter!'' The simple text comes with illustrations that captures the otter's friendly, curious face; readers will wish they could reach in and give him a good scratch behind the ear. Hoban is perfectly in tune with the yearnings of preschoolers. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Feb. 28, 1997

ISBN: 0-694-00850-8

Page Count: 12

Publisher: HarperFestival

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 1996

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Halpern (I Have a Pet!, 1994, etc.) adorns a lullaby favorite with her trademark cut-paper collage illustrations. Bright quilt squares form decorative, country-style borders that frame the corresponding picture for each line of the song; the toddler who is being sung to acts out the lines imaginatively, singing with a mockingbird in its nest, riding a goat, offering daisies to the bull in the cart. The diamond ring may be the one exception, here interpreted to be a constellation in the night sky. Observant readers may engage in a simple search-and-find game; the text page has a single quilt square that matches one in the border on the opposite page. The musical score for the melody is included. (Picture book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Oct. 15, 1997

ISBN: 1-55858-807-8

Page Count: 24

Publisher: NorthSouth

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1997

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A low-key bedtime book for toddlers has a gossamer plot and a simple presentation of familiar objects. “It’s nighttime. Here are your toys. Now it’s time to put them away and close the curtains.” Among the most complex illustrations is a toy box with toys scattered on the floor; among the starkest paintings are close-ups of a potty chair and toilet paper on a roll. The objects are always recognizable, even the lovingly rendered fixtures—an antique sink and a claw-foot tub. The book winds up with “Your pillow waits for you and the night-light is on. It’s bedtime. Good night.” With its whispered text and precise renderings, this is a gentle addition to the bedtime-book shelf, sure to lead children off to sleep. (Picture book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-15-201471-3

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1998

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