Sturdy, engaging, and fun—sure to slide into the hands of many a little one.

CHEEP, CHEEP!

Find the chick as it hides and cheeps on a farm.

Beginning right on the cover, the cheery yellow chick takes center stage. An indented circle, easy for small fingers to find and with a clear directional arrow, slides to reveal a carrot top, bee, and worm in three openings. The chick’s cheeps on subsequent pages hint at where to find the chick. A sliding, smiling sun paired with the text “Cock-a-doodle-cheep” shares the page with windows in which a rooster and a bee appear. The chick hides in a wheelbarrow next to a brown-skinned female farmer. A large pull-tab hides the chick behind a horse and then a cow on back-to-back pages. (For this maneuver to work, the large pull-tab must be closed before the page is turned.) The most difficult element to manipulate is a tractor moving across a field. Finally: “Shh, shh, zzz…”—all the animals are asleep behind two sturdy barn-door flaps, and the brown-skinned farmer rests her hand comfortably in the crook of a light-skinned farmer’s arm. The final spread is review: “What did you find on the farm?” with nine previously shown items labeled. Simple text, questions on each spread, clear illustrations, and things to move make this a likely hit for older toddlers and preschoolers.

Sturdy, engaging, and fun—sure to slide into the hands of many a little one. (Novelty board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Jan. 5, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-68010-643-5

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: March 31, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2021

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Parents of toddlers starting school or day care should seek separation-anxiety remedies elsewhere, and fans of the original...

A KISSING HAND FOR CHESTER RACCOON

From the Kissing Hand series

A sweetened, condensed version of the best-selling picture book, The Kissing Hand.

As in the original, Chester Raccoon is nervous about attending Owl’s night school (raccoons are nocturnal). His mom kisses him on the paw and reminds him, “With a Kissing Hand… / We’ll never be apart.” The text boils the story down to its key elements, causing this version to feel rushed. Gone is the list of fun things Chester will get to do at school. Fans of the original may be disappointed that this board edition uses a different illustrator. Gibson’s work is equally sentimental, but her renderings are stiff and flat in comparison to the watercolors of Harper and Leak. Very young readers will probably not understand that Owl’s tree, filled with opossums, a squirrel, a chipmunk and others, is supposed to be a school.

Parents of toddlers starting school or day care should seek separation-anxiety remedies elsewhere, and fans of the original shouldn’t look to this version as replacement for their page-worn copies. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: April 1, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-933718-77-4

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Tanglewood Publishing

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2014

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A rudimentary introduction, with licensed characters that are just along for the ride.

IT'S RAMADAN, CURIOUS GEORGE

For one special month, George accompanies a young friend through fasts, feasts, and good works at the mosque.

Such headers as “Waiting for Sunset” and “Sharing with Others,” along with glimpses of stars and crescents in the background and a “Ramadan Mubarak” banner, offer oblique references to some basic themes and symbols, but Ramadan’s purpose, many of its practices, and even the word “Muslim” go unmentioned in this tabbed board book. Khan’s rhyme lumbers along (“George can’t wait for tomorrow, / When the month of Ramadan will start. / It’s a special time of year for his friends, / And George is going to take part!”). Meanwhile, Young plugs George and the Man in the Yellow Hat into scenes with Kareem, his father, and his hijab-wearing mother. (Kareem and his dad appear to be black; his mother is lighter-skinned.) They make cookies, gather with friends at sunset to break their daily fast and pray (offstage), then enjoy “Kabobs, curry, veggies, and rice” with chocolate-dipped bananas for dessert. At the mosque, George helps Kareem make food baskets and tries to pass out the racked shoes until an imam gently stops him. Finally, beneath a thin crescent moon at month’s end, George gets a new vest (and the Man a yellow fez) for the celebration of Eid.

A rudimentary introduction, with licensed characters that are just along for the ride. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: May 3, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-544-65226-2

Page Count: 14

Publisher: HMH Books

Review Posted Online: March 2, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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