A fun, new take on droppings.

WHERE DO YOU POOP?

Youngsters can learn about where and how various animals, domestic and wild, relieve themselves.

Via a pull-tab embedded in each recto (not, thankfully, in the rectum) readers can see the before and after, and a goldfish in a bowl leaves a trail while swimming. The verso asks each creature where it does its business, and then a (sometimes-forced) rhyming quatrain, translated from Italian, answers the question: “And where do YOU poop, mouse? / When inside my tummy / Starts to feel not so good / It’s time for a poop / On these chips made of wood!” The final double-page spread queries readers: “And where do YOU poop?” A redheaded, White toddler’s face is visible below this question; the pull-tab on the right opens a bathroom to reveal a White toddler, this time with medium brown hair, happily and modestly sitting on a blue toddler potty. The accompanying quatrain provides some developmentally appropriate guidance for feeling the signs of a movement coming on. Baruzzi’s art is droll and graphically clean (inasmuch as the depiction of excrement can be described that way). Little fingers may need some help finding the relatively easy-to-open and sturdy pull-tabs, since they blend into each page. It works as both a biology lesson and potty-training encouragement.  

A fun, new take on droppings. (Novelty board book. 18 mos.-3)

Pub Date: May 11, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-66265-042-0

Page Count: 16

Publisher: minedition

Review Posted Online: May 5, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2021

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You can count on this one to be a bland yet passable learning tool.

MY FIRST NUMBERS

Insects and animals help readers count from one through 10.

In this number-focused board book, each themed double-page spread invites readers to practice counting. A cartoon puppy looks down at a scattering of bones, for example, and declares, “I can count NINE bones,” on the left-hand side of one such layout; over the gutter, there is a stock photograph of nine tennis balls and a large 9 along with text inviting readers to count. Each turn of the page follows this pattern, progressing by one number higher. The format is familiar and formulaic, conventional and utilitarian. That said, it serves its purpose of presenting new learners with a clear and recognizable tool for number recognition and counting practice. The cartoons have the impersonal look of clip art, and the photographs presented against a stark white background are simple and repetitive. The number five page, for example, shows five identical turtles as opposed to five different turtles or one turtle in five different positions or environments, a missed opportunity for visual interest. In contrast, companion title My First Colors introduces a color and then shows photographs of different items in that color, displaying more illustrative depth but following the same predictable format. While neither of these books does anything groundbreaking, they do a competent job of presenting these timeless concepts for pre-readers.

You can count on this one to be a bland yet passable learning tool. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 25, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-4413-3308-7

Page Count: 20

Publisher: Peter Pauper Press

Review Posted Online: June 3, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2020

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This book has a lot going on, but a little work is necessary to take it all in. (Picture book. 1-3)

HELLO, WORLD

Sixteen animals from 15 different countries around the globe say hello in their native languages.

Each country is named on the page and represented by an animal. A sign hanging from a tree branch near a lynx reads “Romania,” while the “Netherlands” is written on a poster decorating a rabbit’s cozy living room. Some of the countries are represented by their national animal. A Russian brown bear, dressed in a muffler, hat, and warm boots, plays with matryoshka dolls, and the giant panda in China sits amid bamboo, eating with chopsticks from a bowl. Most of the pages feature iconic symbols associated with that country: The Italian wolf sits before a meal of pizza, spaghetti, and gelato, saying, “Ciao,” for instance. Each boldface greeting is followed by its pronunciation spelled out in parentheses. Reflecting global realities, some languages are used more than once: The beaver in Canada, rooster in France, and the lemur in Madagascar all say, “Bonjour.” At the same time, the moose in Canada says, “Hello,” and the bilingual lemur greets readers in Malagasy as well. The last double-page spread identifies each animal by species and language but not by country, so some flipping back and forth is necessary. Illustrations are colorful and vivid, but the animals can be difficult to recognize due to the stylization of their depictions.

This book has a lot going on, but a little work is necessary to take it all in. (Picture book. 1-3)

Pub Date: March 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-4867-1559-6

Page Count: 22

Publisher: Flowerpot Press

Review Posted Online: Jan. 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2019

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