Suffice to say, if Tullet can conceive it, adults and children will both enjoy it.

THE GAME OF TOPS AND TAILS

From the Let's Play Games! series

Tullet continues to expand his Let’s Play Games! series.

Publishing simultaneously with three other books, the titular game is simple enough for young children to enjoy but complex enough to keep design-oriented adults engaged (and therefore reading with their children). Split pages combine in multiple wordless combinations to illustrate prepositions—on, under, above, below, etc. The images line up neatly, sometimes creating surprising juxtapositions, from an acrobat balanced on a mountaintop to an elephant carrying a truck to a finger pointing at a camel. Bright, primary colors and thick, black lines make for arresting, attention-getting compositions. The Game of Lines features split pages cut on an angle and shocking yellow and pink lines that create myriad patterns; it will capture the attention of even very young babies. The Good Morning Game comes with instructions to adults to draw faces on their fingers, sticking them through die-cut holes in each page as puppets—ideal for playing with children ready for text. The Trail Game also features split pages and is the least successful of the quartet; the trails do not always line up, making for a simple matching game.

Suffice to say, if Tullet can conceive it, adults and children will both enjoy it. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Feb. 16, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-7148-6874-5

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Phaidon

Review Posted Online: March 11, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2015

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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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