For preschool motor-vehicle fanciers everywhere.


From the Wheels At Work series

Everything’s under control in this primer on emergency vehicles.

This brief but engaging board book, published with three other entries in Cocoretto’s Wheels at Work series, acquaints toddlers with the names and uses of some of the biggest, loudest, and most brightly lit vehicles on the road. Each turn of the page opens to a spread-filling depiction of an emergency vehicle. Phrases such as “Let’s hurry to…” enlist the participation of young readers to fold open the right-hand page in order to reveal the rest of the sentence (“…the hospital!”) and an illustration of the truck in action. Here, the vehicle is an ambulance; the flap opens to reveal an EMT wheeling a patient from the back of the vehicle. A “police truck,” a “fire truck,” a “tow truck,” and a “four-wheel drive” follow. The drawings are appropriately simple and unadorned, favoring ease of recognition over artistry and design. Scenes include characters of both genders and many ethnicities and skin hues in key roles: black male and white female police officers, Asian male and white female firefighters, a white male ambulance driver, an Asian female EMT with a brown-skinned patient, a black woman tow-truck driver, and others. The ambulance features both a red cross and the red crescent seen in many Muslim countries. City, Construction, and Farm publish simultaneously.

For preschool motor-vehicle fanciers everywhere. (Board book. 1-5)

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-7862-8080-0

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Child's Play

Review Posted Online: Sept. 18, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2018

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Clear, crisp, clean, and concise—trucks and shapes have never before looked (or sounded) this good.


Storytime gets a kick in the pants with this jaunty combo of shapes and vehicles.

In this look at basic geometry via high-resolution photographs of construction trucks, the youngest of readers are introduced to nine different shapes. Using a seek-and-find format, the book encourages them to locate each shape as it appears on a vehicle, clearly delineated with thick, colorful lines. A clear, red triangle decorates the bed of a dump truck; a blue oval surrounds the barrel of a concrete mixer. The rhyming text names the featured equipment, each shot with crystal clarity outdoors on a variety of beautiful days. From the jaunty little red forklift sporting a rectangle on its side to the rhombus of a road sign snapped at an angle, small fingers will have no difficulty tracing each of the featured shapes again and again. Similar in its cadences to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle (1967), this book is ideal for construction storytimes everywhere. “Road roller / Road roller / Coming through! / I spy a circle— / How about you?” Be sure to sing it to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” if you really want to bring down the house. Activities to further engage young children are included at the end of the book.

Clear, crisp, clean, and concise—trucks and shapes have never before looked (or sounded) this good. (Picture book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 15, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-77278-134-2

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Pajama Press

Review Posted Online: June 30, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2020

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A playful excursion for young mariners.


From the In Motion series

A cavalcade of boats both realistic and whimsical.

“Old boats. New boats. / One-or-two boats. // Tall boats. Small boats. / Heave-and-haul boats.” So begins Boswell’s playful, rhythmic, and compact text. Mostov’s illustrations, which are graphically simple and pleasingly two-dimensional in dark and bold colors, depict a wide range of floating apparatuses, mostly in profile. There are human-powered boats, such as kayaks, a dinghy, and pedal-powered boats, and nature- and machine-powered vehicles, such as a few types of sailboats, submarines, a motorboat, and an airboat. As the text goes on, they grow quite fanciful and include a sailboat carried aloft by balloons and sea-horse– and flamingo-shaped vessels. Seemingly in order to cram in as many as possible, some of the pages cut the boats off in unsatisfying ways, and boat-obsessed toddlers may be disappointed they don’t see a full image of a shipwreck or a container ship. Although there’s a clichéd white, bearded sea captain with a bird on the shoulder, a diverse group of folks pilot these crafts and include multiracial crews on several boats and a brown-skinned family clad in modern gear and paddling a traditional-looking canoe.

A playful excursion for young mariners. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Feb. 25, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-63217-268-6

Page Count: 22

Publisher: Little Bigfoot/Sasquatch

Review Posted Online: Feb. 26, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2020

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