A flavorsome option to develop tactile and associative memory skills in small children.

Donuts!

From the Made With Love series

In this second installment of the Made With Love series, golden brown donuts, fresh out of the oven, are dressed with different toppings.

Each circular page of the book shows a different donut as seen from a bird’s-eye view, and little ones are invited to guess the flavor of each topping. Simple, one-sentence hints in a chocolate-brown font on the verso page offer clues such as “this flavor begins as tree sap!” and “the next one contains citrus and tiny seeds.” Visual cues on the pastries offer hints as well: a blueberry-glazed donut is decorated with berries; a maple-glazed donut is adorned with small maple leaves; and a lemon poppy seed–glazed donut is adorned with poppy seeds as well as a lemon wedge. Little ones must turn the donut-shaped pages to reveal the name of the flavor. The pattern continues until the unseen narrator asks what ingredient all of the donuts have in common; the sweet answer to this question is the icing on the cake, ahem, donut. While donut-loving toddlers might appreciate the appetizing, watercolor illustrations and the novelty aspects of the book, they may need adult help to guess some of the flavors, particularly pumpkin spice since the only clues are a cinnamon stick and cloves. The book has die-cut holes at the center that little hands can use to turn the pages; however, it may not stand up to robust play due to the very narrow binding.

A flavorsome option to develop tactile and associative memory skills in small children. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 14, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-7972-1082-7

Page Count: 20

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Review Posted Online: Dec. 3, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2021

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Perfect for Valentine’s Day, but the syrupy sweetness will cloy after the holiday.

THE ABCS OF LOVE

Animal parents declare their love for their offspring in alphabetical order.

Each page displays an enormous capital letter, one line of verse with the keyword capitalized, and a loving nonhuman parent gazing adoringly at their baby. “A is for Always. I always love you more. / B is for Butterfly kisses. It’s you that I adore.” While not named or labelled as such, the A is also for an alligator and its hatchling and B is for a butterfly and a butterfly child (not a caterpillar—biology is not the aim of this title) interacting in some way with the said letter. For E there are an elephant and a calf; U features a unicorn and foal; and X, keyed to the last letter of the animal’s name, corresponds to a fox and three pups. The final double-page spread shows all the featured creatures and their babies as the last line declares: “Baby, I love you from A to Z!” The verse is standard fare and appropriately sentimental. The art is cartoony-cute and populated by suitably loving critters on solid backgrounds. Hearts accent each scene, but the theme of the project is never in any doubt.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, but the syrupy sweetness will cloy after the holiday. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-7282-2095-6

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Sourcebooks Wonderland

Review Posted Online: Jan. 27, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2021

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It’s not exactly original, but the execution, with familiar, appealing Cabrera illustrations, is attractive and perfect for...

HELLO LAMB

This simple board book invites little ones to greet baby farm animals (including frog, bunny, and bee) with their corresponding sounds.

The first double-page spread greets readers with a bright yellow smiling sun and the text “Hello, Sun. / Hello, Day. / Wake up, babies. / Time to play!” Each succeeding spread has a distinct, gently patterned background, with very brief text on the verso (“Hello Puppy! / Woof Woof”). Filling up the recto is a vibrant illustration of the baby animal’s face, wide eyed and smiling, outlined in black. The final spread presents the face of a cute baby with chalky brown-gray skin, bright black eyes, and short black hair: “Goo Goo.” Babies and toddlers will enjoy looking at the baby faces, animals and human, and repeating the sounds. A companion book, Goodnight Bear, has a similar pattern of text and illustrations, though the palette is suitably darker. The moon, surprisingly, has its eyes shut, and succeeding spreads depict an owlet, a baby bat, a baby hedgehog, and other familiar nocturnal baby animals, all wide-awake and smiling. The final spread depicts a cute baby with pale skin, blond hair, and closed eyes.

It’s not exactly original, but the execution, with familiar, appealing Cabrera illustrations, is attractive and perfect for the target audience. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 17, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4998-0430-0

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Little Bee Books

Review Posted Online: May 24, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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