This joyful lift-the-flap adventure will inspire little ones to head outdoors to see if spring has sprung in their neck of...

SPRINGTIME BABY

Broach rounds out her celebration of the seasons (Seashore Baby, 2010; Snowflake Baby, 2011; Barnyard Baby, 2013) with this cheerful ode to the wonders of spring.

This time, the winsome toddler, still accompanied only by her little brown puppy, puts on her rain boots and eagerly heads out the door into the drizzly spring day. She makes mud pies, plays in puddles and discovers some wildlife: ducklings in the meadow, baby birds in the rose bushes and bumblebees in the flower beds. When she finally heads back inside, it’s to take a much-needed bath and drift off to sleep with her pup snuggled in beside her. The right-hand pages feature strategically placed flaps that reveal a key part of each pastel-steeped scene. The tiny adventurer is as adorable as ever, but the spare verse is not quite as nimble and elegant here as in the other titles—take, for example, “Mud pie baby / Messy hand // Puddle baby / Stomp and stand.” Nonetheless, fans of the previous volumes will certainly want this one to complete the set.

This joyful lift-the-flap adventure will inspire little ones to head outdoors to see if spring has sprung in their neck of the woods. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: March 4, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-316-23526-6

Page Count: 14

Publisher: LB Kids/Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Feb. 26, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2014

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Little fingers will enjoy exploring these pages again and again

BABY'S BIG BUSY BOOK

A day in Baby’s life, with flaps, textures, sparkly bling, and mirrors to explore.

The first double-page spread, in bright, sunny colors, invites a white baby with blond hair to wake up and asks the reader, “What will baby see?” Beyond the baby’s crib is a room full of toys and a window with a blazing sun and three butterflies in flight. The subsequent spreads show different babies (the second one has a dark brown complexion, the next two are white, and the final tot is possibly of Asian descent) eating, getting dressed, playing in the park, and then back in the crib for the night. Each page follows the same formula, with relatively sturdy flaps to lift or open and at least one tactile element per page, which are a mix of embossed elements or textiles embedded in the page. Katz’s signature bright and cheery patterns and chubby, cherubic babes are in top form here, and the 10 1/2–inch-square trim is an ideal canvas. Serviceable text provides simple descriptors, and captions label many of the objects in each baby’s world.

Little fingers will enjoy exploring these pages again and again . (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Feb. 7, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4814-8830-3

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: May 24, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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A sweet read that will lull many a reader into slumberland.

KISSES AND CUDDLES

A young penguin spends a day with mama.

A little penguin has lots to love. The fluffy tyke loves eating pancakes and drinking hot chocolate, finding rainbows, and reading stories. But more than anything the chick loves the kisses and cuddles bestowed by mama, especially the ones that come right before bed. This board book works best as a stealthy bedtime book, recounting the small penguin's big day before wrapping up at bedtime, making a pillow and blanket mixed with goodnight kisses look like the best things in the world. The soft, round illustrations and increasingly warm color palette go a long way toward lulling even the most excitable little ones into a state of ease, making this an almost essential addition to the bedtime storybook stack. The book's cuddly nature is doubled by the choice to make its main character a penguin. After all, who doesn't want to hug a fluffy penguin?

A sweet read that will lull many a reader into slumberland. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Dec. 8, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4998-0151-4

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Little Bee Books

Review Posted Online: Nov. 11, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

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