With its companion, a vibrantly illustrated, expertly written offering for young animal lovers.

PETS

From the Hello World! series

Learn about domestic animals in the latest addition to McDonald’s Hello World! series.

Whether they are wild or domesticated, animals are fascinating creatures. In this cheery outing, McDonald introduces young readers to a variety of animals that live with humans, including rabbits, cats, frogs, and dogs. Companion title Arctic Animals, on the other hand, focuses on the wild and wonderful creatures that live in the world’s coldest, northernmost region, including polar bears, narwhals, snowy owls, and puffins. McDonald’s talent for curating relevant, fascinating, and child-friendly facts is fully on display in both of these volumes. Both books focus mostly on the physical characteristics of the animals and birds, pairing the descriptions with textured, collage-style illustrations that also enliven the type, particularly in cases of onomatopoeia. Arctic Animals simply and clearly introduces concepts like hibernation and camouflage while Pets provides a bit of specific information about how to care for the animals depicted. It also includes questions on each two-page spread that invite children to participate in the storytelling by moving their bodies like the pets they are reading about: Readers are asked to “twitch” their noses like rabbits, “stretch” like cats, and “hop” like frogs. Both books are excellent choices for budding naturalists, zookeepers, veterinarians, and pet owners.

With its companion, a vibrantly illustrated, expertly written offering for young animal lovers. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Oct. 8, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-525-64759-1

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: Nov. 24, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2019

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This book has a lot going on, but a little work is necessary to take it all in. (Picture book. 1-3)

HELLO, WORLD

Sixteen animals from 15 different countries around the globe say hello in their native languages.

Each country is named on the page and represented by an animal. A sign hanging from a tree branch near a lynx reads “Romania,” while the “Netherlands” is written on a poster decorating a rabbit’s cozy living room. Some of the countries are represented by their national animal. A Russian brown bear, dressed in a muffler, hat, and warm boots, plays with matryoshka dolls, and the giant panda in China sits amid bamboo, eating with chopsticks from a bowl. Most of the pages feature iconic symbols associated with that country: The Italian wolf sits before a meal of pizza, spaghetti, and gelato, saying, “Ciao,” for instance. Each boldface greeting is followed by its pronunciation spelled out in parentheses. Reflecting global realities, some languages are used more than once: The beaver in Canada, rooster in France, and the lemur in Madagascar all say, “Bonjour.” At the same time, the moose in Canada says, “Hello,” and the bilingual lemur greets readers in Malagasy as well. The last double-page spread identifies each animal by species and language but not by country, so some flipping back and forth is necessary. Illustrations are colorful and vivid, but the animals can be difficult to recognize due to the stylization of their depictions.

This book has a lot going on, but a little work is necessary to take it all in. (Picture book. 1-3)

Pub Date: March 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-4867-1559-6

Page Count: 22

Publisher: Flowerpot Press

Review Posted Online: Jan. 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2019

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High on play value and low on informational or literary content.

ANIMAL WORLD

9 MINI BOOKS

From the Clever Mini Board Books series

This set of nine miniature board books introduces youngsters to animals spanning the globe.

Each book, measuring a little over 1¾ inches square and 1¼ inches thick, tackles a different set of creatures grouped by taxonomy (“Insects and Bugs”), habitat (“Forest Animals”), relationship with humans (“Pets”; “Farm Animals”), and more. Each title contains five chunky double-page spreads with an animal appearing on the recto and a one-word label centered on the white background of the verso. Four different illustrators worked on the simple cartoon illustrations, and it shows, with styles varying dramatically. For example, the duck from “Birds” is a stylized but fairly realistic mallard, and the duck from “Life in the Pond” looks like it belongs in a child’s bathtub. The back of each book features one-ninth of a scene featuring a few of the creatures from inside the pages, and when the books are all flipped over, kids can assemble them like a puzzle. The set is contained in a sturdy box with a magnetic closure, each book nestled in its own candy-box–like section. Cover images for each title appear on the bottom of the box to aid in placing them back in storage, a superfluous feature. The square, blocky shape of the books may mean that they prove more popular for little fingers as toys than books.

High on play value and low on informational or literary content. (Novelty/board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Oct. 22, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-948418-52-2

Page Count: 54

Publisher: Clever Publishing

Review Posted Online: Nov. 24, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2019

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