Babin and Bécue lay a solid foundation in building concepts with this detailed but not overwhelming book, a French import.


From the Touch and Explore series

This “hands-on” primer on construction methods and equipment is rich in information and a real vocabulary-builder, as well.

Young hard hats everywhere should appreciate this detailed introduction for kids to some of the basic concepts and tasks involved in constructing the buildings, homes, and cities in which we live. The book is organized in two-page set pieces; the topics covered are “Setting up,” “Demolition,” “Building a house,” “Almost done!,” “Building apartments,” Building a road,” and “Construction sites are everywhere!” A multiracial cast of male- and female-presenting workers employ a variety of trucks, heavy equipment, and safety gear to perform each operation. Tactile elements should help maintain the interest of younger readers; slightly older children will be rewarded with broadened vocabularies and a basic sense of the elements, gear, and teamwork required to create a home. Tactile elements include safety cones with textured stripes, a gritty pile of rubble, heavy-duty dump-truck tires, lumber, sticky wet paint and cement, and more. The artwork, though not particularly stylish, is easily read. Expository text appears in one- and two-sentence increments, scattered around the pages near the action it explains. Vocabulary words appear in boldface. Tradespeople and areas of specialization include masons, electricians, plumbers, and painters. Safety is a recurring theme.

Babin and Bécue lay a solid foundation in building concepts with this detailed but not overwhelming book, a French import. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Jan. 8, 2019

ISBN: 978-2-40800-794-2

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Twirl/Chronicle

Review Posted Online: Jan. 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2019

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Sure to appeal to budding paleontologists everywhere.


From the Animal Facts and Flaps series

Colorful, fun, and informative guide for pint-sized dinosaur enthusiasts.

Kid-friendly and more informative than most dino books for tots, this lift-the-flap dinosaur book is a great next step for any kid with an interest in the subject. Each double-page panorama—occasionally folding out to three or even four pages wide—is organized around types of dinosaurs or habitats. While most featured dinosaurs are land dwellers, prehistoric reptiles of the sea and sky appear as well. Dinosaurs are rendered in bright colors on a white background in a childlike style that makes even Tyrannosaurus rex not too terrifying. Make no mistake, though; the king of the dinosaurs is clearly labeled “CARNIVORE.” Folding T. rex’s head back reveals a black-and-white handsaw, to which the text likens its enormous, sharp teeth. Another marginal illustration, captioned, “Watch out! T. rex is looking for its lunch,” shows a Triceratops specimen on a plate. Yet another reads, “Crushed dinosaur bones have been found in T. rex poop!” Several racially diverse kids appear in each scene, like toddler scientists variously observing, inspecting, and riding on the dinosaurs depicted. In addition to teaching the difference between herbivores and carnivores, the book also conveys a sense of the scale of these prehistoric beasts: Diplodocus is two school buses long, a Triceratops adult is the size of an elephant, and a Velociraptor is the size of a turkey, for example.

Sure to appeal to budding paleontologists everywhere. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Sept. 17, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5362-0809-2

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Templar/Candlewick

Review Posted Online: Nov. 24, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2019

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Adults looking for an easy entry into this subject will not be disappointed.


From the Baby University series

This book presents a simplified explanation of the role the atmosphere plays in controlling climate.

The authors present a planet as a ball and its atmosphere as a blanket that envelops the ball. If the blanket is thick, the planet will be hot, as is the case for Venus. If the blanket is thin, the planet is cold, as with Mars. Planet Earth has a blanket that traps “just the right amount of heat.” The authors explain trees, animals, and oceans are part of what makes Earth’s atmosphere “just right.” “But…Uh-oh! People on Earth are changing the blanket!” The book goes on to explain how some human activities are sending “greenhouse gases” into the atmosphere, thus “making the blanket heavier and thicker” and “making Earth feel unwell.” In the case of a planet feeling unwell, what would the symptoms be? Sea-level rises that lead to erosion, flooding, and island loss, along with extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, blizzards, and wildfires. Ending on a constructive note, the authors name a few of the remedies to “help our Earth before it’s too late!” By using the blanket analogy, alongside simple and clear illustrations, this otherwise complex topic becomes very accessible to young children, though caregivers will need to help with the specialized vocabulary.

Adults looking for an easy entry into this subject will not be disappointed. (Board book. 3-4)

Pub Date: Aug. 18, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-4926-8082-6

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Sourcebooks eXplore

Review Posted Online: Sept. 1, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2020

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