Another sturdy entry in the Bizzy Bear collection.


From the Bizzy Bear series

Bizzy Bear builds a treehouse.

Bizzy Bear and his friends get to work in this interactive board book. The sliding panels allow children to manipulate a measuring tape, a hammer, a saw, and more as Bizzy Bear works in the backyard to create a rocket-shaped treehouse. The panels are sturdy yet easily mobile for little readers. The abab rhyming text emphasizes safety while handling the building equipment as well as careful, considered construction. The illustrations are bright and clear, done in a basic color palette and formed with rounded figures. Bizzy Bear has proven to be a reliable brand for encouragement and adventure, and this title is no exception. Little ones fascinated by Legos and other building toys will especially enjoy this one.

Another sturdy entry in the Bizzy Bear collection. (Board book. 1-2)

Pub Date: March 28, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-7636-9328-2

Page Count: 8

Publisher: Nosy Crow/Candlewick

Review Posted Online: May 24, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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Take it, or leave it.


A wintertime story that can be sung to the tune of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

The itsy bitsy snowman and his friends are playing in the snow. They climb up a snowy hill, jump on a sled, slide fast, and zip past children skating on ice. Then, though the text tells readers that he “dodged a snowball fight,” his head becomes separated from his body. Not to worry, “out came his friends / to lend a happy hand.” In the last spread the itsy bitsy snowman stands with his mom, dad, and friends, “And everything was perfect / in his winter wonderland.” The story, intended to be read to the tune of the beloved nursery rhyme, doesn’t always quite fit the template, as in: “The itsy bitsy snowman / climbed up the snowy hill. // He jumped on a sled / and slid fast…what a thrill!” For no obvious reason, on every page one word is printed in a different color from the rest of the text. Rescek’s illustrations are bright, cheery, and cartoonlike, with an appropriate wintry pale blue as the dominant color. Though sweet and cute, there is nothing particularly fresh or new here.

Take it, or leave it. (Board book. 1-2)

Pub Date: Sept. 22, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4814-4837-6

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Sept. 16, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

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An effective rendering of the classic tune.


From the Sing Along With Me! series

The classic tune rolls along in a sliding board book.

Sooner or later, just about every American child learns “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” This large board book supplies little readers with four different verses, each set on a double-page spread. A dog, a cat, and a rabbit row their boat through the English countryside, a woodland, Antarctica (or maybe the Arctic—there’s a penguin standing outside an igloo, so it’s hard to tell), and a tropical rain forest. The illustrations feature rounded, smiling animals in warmly colored environments. The sliding components are easy for little readers to manipulate, but their construction leaves a bit to be desired; excitable little ones will have no trouble tearing them apart. A concurrently published title illustrates Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star in a similar fashion. While not essential, these books do provide fodder for storytimes, and little ones familiar with how books work will be intrigued by the sliding panels.

An effective rendering of the classic tune. (Board book. 1-2)

Pub Date: Feb. 14, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-7636-9240-7

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Nosy Crow/Candlewick

Review Posted Online: June 19, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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