An upbeat, interactive offering sure to make an appearance in Easter baskets and storytimes come spring.

CUTIE PIE LOOKS FOR THE EASTER BUNNY

From the Tiny Tab series

In the latest Tiny Tabs offering, tots can pull and slide large tabs to help a chick named Cutie Pie as she searches high and low for the elusive Easter Bunny.

A sweet yellow chick called Cutie Pie, rosy-cheeked with long-lashed eyes set wide apart, goes in search of the Easter Bunny. When she looks in the woods, she finds only Dog and Squirrel, but they each have their very own Easter egg! In the playhouse, she finds Owl, Horse, and Turtle, and they all have Easter eggs too. Cutie Pie continues her search, finding her friends and their special Easter eggs in every place she looks until she finally spots the Easter Bunny behind a bush and is rewarded with an egg of her own. Tots are encouraged to participate in the story by pulling on the large, easy-to-grab tabs to reveal Cutie Pie’s friends and, finally, the Easter Bunny and his basket of eggs. The simplicity of the plot, the cheery and colorful digitally rendered illustrations, and the interactive pull-tabs make this one a solid holiday selection. 

An upbeat, interactive offering sure to make an appearance in Easter baskets and storytimes come spring. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Feb. 10, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-7636-7599-8

Page Count: 8

Publisher: Nosy Crow/Candlewick

Review Posted Online: Feb. 16, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2015

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Perfect for Valentine’s Day, but the syrupy sweetness will cloy after the holiday.

THE ABCS OF LOVE

Animal parents declare their love for their offspring in alphabetical order.

Each page displays an enormous capital letter, one line of verse with the keyword capitalized, and a loving nonhuman parent gazing adoringly at their baby. “A is for Always. I always love you more. / B is for Butterfly kisses. It’s you that I adore.” While not named or labelled as such, the A is also for an alligator and its hatchling and B is for a butterfly and a butterfly child (not a caterpillar—biology is not the aim of this title) interacting in some way with the said letter. For E there are an elephant and a calf; U features a unicorn and foal; and X, keyed to the last letter of the animal’s name, corresponds to a fox and three pups. The final double-page spread shows all the featured creatures and their babies as the last line declares: “Baby, I love you from A to Z!” The verse is standard fare and appropriately sentimental. The art is cartoony-cute and populated by suitably loving critters on solid backgrounds. Hearts accent each scene, but the theme of the project is never in any doubt.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, but the syrupy sweetness will cloy after the holiday. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-7282-2095-6

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Sourcebooks Wonderland

Review Posted Online: Jan. 27, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2021

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An excellent, rounded effort from a creator who knows how to deliver.

EEK! HALLOWEEN!

The farmyard's chickens experience Halloween.

A round, full moon shines in the sky, and the chickens of Boynton's barnyard are feeling “nervous.” Pumpkins shine “with flickering eyes,” witches and wizards wander the pastures, and one chicken has seen “a mouse of enormous size.” It’s Halloween night, and readers will delight as the chickens huddle together and try to figure out what's going on. All ends well, of course, and in Boynton's trademark silly style. (It’s really quite remarkable how her ranks of white, yellow-beaked chickens evoke rows of candy corn.) At this point parents and children know what they're in for when they pick up a book by the prolific author, and she doesn't disappoint here. The chickens are silly, the pigs are cute, and the coloring and illustrations evoke a warmth that little ones wary of Halloween will appreciate. For children leery of the ghouls and goblins lurking in the holiday's iconography, this is a perfect antidote, emphasizing all the fun Halloween has to offer.

An excellent, rounded effort from a creator who knows how to deliver. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Aug. 23, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-7611-9300-5

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Workman

Review Posted Online: Sept. 19, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

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