Short and sweet, but the empowering message, singsong cadences, and colorful, expressive faces are irresistible.

BUTTON YOUR BUTTONS

IT'S A SNOWY DAY!

This simple, fun primer teaches toddlers the mechanics of dressing themselves to brave the elements on a snowy winter day.

In an animal kindergarten, a patient, encouraging teacher coaxes the children to bundle up before going outside for a recess romp in the snow. “Button your buttons, / zip your zippers. // Buckle your buckles, / and snap your snaps. // Put on your scarves. / Put on your mittens. // Put on your hats, please, / and pull down the flaps!” The animals that populate the classroom—raccoons, a rabbit, a beaver, a bear, and a porcupine—have large heads, big smiles, wide eyes, and delightfully confused expressions as they gamely execute their teacher’s orders. The illustrations have a wonderfully anarchic quality, as the teacher rides herd over a roomful of pupils moving in several directions at once. The bear cub wraps its head in its scarf like a mummy. Flying pencils, crayons, hats, mittens, and a runaway globe add to the chaos. Outside, the kids build a snowman and have a rousing snowball fight, then return from recess to repeat the process in reverse. Buttons are unbuttoned, zippers unzipped, buckles unbuckled, and snaps unsnapped, and once all the gear is removed, it’s time for well-deserved naps for the kids—and their teacher, too.

Short and sweet, but the empowering message, singsong cadences, and colorful, expressive faces are irresistible. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: July 7, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-68052-954-8

Page Count: 34

Publisher: Cottage Door Press

Review Posted Online: Oct. 27, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2020

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A good choice for caregivers looking for a positive, uncomplicated introduction to a new baby that focuses on everything an...

I AM A BIG BROTHER

A little boy exults in his new role as big brother.

Rhyming text describes the arrival of a new baby and all of the big brother’s rewarding new duties. He gets to help with feedings, diaper changes, playtime, bathtime, and naptime. Though the rhyming couplets can sometimes feel a bit forced and awkward, the sentiment is sweet, as the focus here never veers from the excitement and love a little boy feels for his tiny new sibling. The charming, uncluttered illustrations convincingly depict the growing bond between this fair-skinned, rosy-cheeked, smiling pair of boys. In the final pages, the parents, heretofore kept mostly out of view, are pictured holding the children. The accompanying text reads: “Mommy, Daddy, baby, me. / We love each other—a family!” In companion volume I Am a Big Sister, the little boy is replaced with a little girl with bows in her hair. Some of the colors and patterns in the illustrations are slightly altered, but it is essentially the same title.

A good choice for caregivers looking for a positive, uncomplicated introduction to a new baby that focuses on everything an older sibling can do to help. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Jan. 27, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-545-68886-4

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: March 17, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2015

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It’s nothing new, but it’s also clearly heartfelt.

LOVE YOU MORE

A love song from parents to their child.

This title will seem quite similar to the many others about parents’ deep love for their children. The text is wholly composed of first-person declarations of parental love, and it’s juxtaposed with illustrations of the child with one or both parents. It’s not always clear who the “I” speaking is, and there are a few pages that instead use “we.” Most sentences begin with “I love you more” phrasing to communicate that nothing could undermine parental love: “I love you more than all the sleepless nights…and all the early, tired mornings.” The accompanying pictures depict the child as a baby with weary parents. Later spreads show the child growing up, and the phrasing shifts away from the challenges of parenting to its joys and to attempts to quantify love: “I love you more than all the blades of grass at the park…and all the soccer that we played.” Throughout, Bell’s illustrations use pastel tones and soft visual texture to depict cozy, wholesome scenes that are largely redundant of the straightforward, warm text. They feature a brown-haired family with a mother, father, and child, who all appear to be white (though the father has skin that’s a shade darker than the others’).

It’s nothing new, but it’s also clearly heartfelt. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Aug. 14, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-4998-0652-6

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Little Bee

Review Posted Online: June 25, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2018

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