Young ones will want to join in on this monster romp again and again, since it is all so silly, comforting and familiar.

ROMPING MONSTERS, STOMPING MONSTERS

The menagerie of monsters from Yolen and Murphy’s previous pairing (Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters, 2011) returns for an adventure at the playground.

All sorts and sizes of monsters gather at Creepy Commons to have some fun. The author uses two- or three-word phrases to build a steady rhyming text describing the full range of activities taking place. “Monsters stretch. / Monsters twirl. // Monsters catch. / Monsters hurl. // Monsters tumble, / Run, and lope. / Monsters jump / A monster rope.” The cadence will be soothing to young ears, leaving the eyes of toddlers and preschoolers to discover the playful details found throughout the soft-hued illustrations painted in oil, acrylic and gel. This diverse bunch is cute and cuddly without coming across as overly sweet. Some have four eyeballs, and some have only one. Pointy horns and handlike hair sprout from curious places on this happily rambunctious crew. Big and small, young and old—all cavort on slides and swings. Occasionally, there is a mishap—“Monsters in / Three-legged races / Fall upon / Their Monster faces”—but it is nothing a “monster-sicle” treat cannot fix.

Young ones will want to join in on this monster romp again and again, since it is all so silly, comforting and familiar. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 9, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-7636-5727-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: July 17, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2013

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A simple introduction to a favorite musical instrument.

I WANT TO BE A DRUMMER!

A young percussionist builds a drum.

An unnamed white child wishes for a drum set. Using household items, the aspiring musician crafts a drum set over the course of this short board book. The child is identified as “Daniel” in the summary on the back of the book, but the character’s bald head and lack of a name stated in the text allow readers to use their imaginations. Each turn of the page features a different component to the drum set and onomatopoeic text that teaches readers what each individual piece brings to the drum’s sound. The illustrations are clean and no-frills, not boasting any flashy color scheme or much artistic flair. The narrative is as straightforward as the illustrations, and little readers will love using it as a handy guide to building their own drum sets with stuff found around the house. Adults be warned: your little ones will definitely want to make some noise after reading this.

A simple introduction to a favorite musical instrument. (Board book. 2-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-936669-50-9

Page Count: 14

Publisher: blue manatee press

Review Posted Online: Aug. 2, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

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Young readers will appreciate this brief introduction to what occurs in most beginning aquatic lessons for children—sans any...

MAISY LEARNS TO SWIM

Take the plunge with Maisy and her friends as they splash and wade through their first swimming lesson.

Part of the Maisy First Experiences series, this title helps familiarize young ones with the preparations and activities common to most swimming instruction. First Maisy must collect everything she needs: bathing suit, towel and goggles. She joins Eddie and Tallulah for the adventure. Eddie is brave and jumps right in, but Maisy and Tallulah dip their “toes in first. Ooh, it’s freeeezing!” After a “swish-swash [and] splish-splash,” the trio meets their hippo teacher, Poppy. They learn to kick, float and blow bubbles. Soon the fun is over, and it is time for the lesson to end. Maisy climbs up the ladder and “feels shivery out of the water, so she wraps herself up in a fluffy towel.” After a quick shower and change into her clothes, Maisy is ready to meet her friends for a snack. Over apple juice and milk, a smiling Maisy looks forward to the next lesson. All is depicted in bright gouache illustrations done in Cousins’ signature style by, presumably, the film studio responsible for animating the Maisy franchise.

Young readers will appreciate this brief introduction to what occurs in most beginning aquatic lessons for children—sans any tears and fears. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Feb. 12, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-7636-6480-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: Dec. 12, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2013

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