By Katie Wilson. Illus. by the author.
2017. 20p. Flowerpot, $8.99 (9781486712038). 500. PreS–K.
Touchable illustrations in a soft palette provide a small sampling of
the animals that live in the world. The spreads first glance at Planet
Earth in space before zeroing in on each continent. The text notes a
few of the animals before asking readers to name the rest—all animals
are labeled, making this exercise most useful for prereaders. Enhanced
spot treatments on the animals give them a slippery, shiny texture that
will attract little fingers, and readers will enjoy looking at images of familiar animals, like lions and elephants, next to more surprising ones,
such as an oryx and some krill. —Maggie Reagan
Baby’s First Book of Birds & Colors.
By Phyllis Limbacher Tildes. Illus. by the author.
May 2017. 18p. Charlesbridge, $7.99 (9781580897426). 598. PreS.
This handsome board book presents both birds and colors beautifully. The first seven double-page spreads introduce red, orange, yellow,
green, blue, pink, and brown, while the eighth features black and
white. Each color is represented by two simplified, lifelike paintings
of birds in natural settings, with identifiers such as “scarlet tanager /
male” and “Carolina wren / male or female.” The last spread shows
three children of different ethnicities putting together a bird puzzle.
The pleasing artwork reinforces the colors through elements such as
forsythia in bloom and red maple leaves. A vibrant introduction to
birds, this volume includes color identification, too. —Carolyn Phelan
By Salina Yoon. Illus. by the author.
Apr. 2017. 14p. Sterling, $8.95 (9781454920878). 567.9. PreS–K.
Following a rhymed description of fossil hunting, Yoon introduces
eight familiar dinosaur species. For each, she provides a labeled head
shot; lifting the flap reveals a short rhyme, a full-body illustration against
a backdrop, and a pronunciation guide. For Stegosaurus, she offers:
“Bony plates / grew from its back / to shield itself / from fierce attack!” Illustrations are brightly colored (Parasaurolophus is orange with a purple
crest), and the backgrounds depict habitat without becoming cluttered.
Information is limited, but the verses are accurate, and illustrations reflect the newest theories. A final spread depicts a museum exhibit sure to
please budding paleontologists. —Kay Weisman
Five Little Ducks.
By Natalie Marshall. Illus. by the author.
2017. 12p. Scholastic, $6.99 (9781338091168). PreS.
Five little ducks go out to play, but when Mama Duck quacks to
bring them home, only four return. The next day, those four go out,
and only three come back. This continues until there are no ducklings
left—though readers should never fear, as the family is happily reunited
on the last page. Bright cartoon illustrations show off the smartly dressed
ducklings, and while there’s no real story arc, there are plenty of things
to count, from lines of ants and groups of butterflies to the decreasing
ducklings themselves. Suggested hand gestures on large tabs encourage
interaction and will assist the read-aloud fun. —Maggie Reagan
My Favorite Food.
2017. 12p. illus. Scholastic/Children’s Press, $8.95 (9780531237236). 641.3. PreS.
From the Words Are Fun series, this point-and-say book presents
foods for young children to identify. Double-page spreads feature
many sharp photos of foods that are red, green, or orange, while single pages display yellow, brown, purple, or white edibles. The labels
beside the items will help adult readers with the occasional puzzler,
such as passion fruit or soursop. Displayed against white backgrounds
on pages that are a little larger than in most board books, the individual pictures show up clearly. The last spread challenges viewers to
recognize smaller images of foodstuffs previously seen. Fun for young
children. —Carolyn Phelan
By Tim Lahan. Illus. by the author.
2016. 60p. McSweeneys/McMullens, $16.95 (9781938073939). PreS–Gr. 1.
A new couple in town receives a larger-than-a-house welcoming
committee in Lahan’s lanky, large-format ( 4.5-by- 12 inches) debut.
After inviting the innocuous “man in green” into their narrow space,
the couple soon find themselves crammed against a bulky bodybuilder,
hook-handed pirate, entire marching band, and more. With literally
nowhere to go but up, each new arrival, introduced on the left, stacks
vertically on the right. When room runs out, a gigantic nose—and its
sneeze—arrive to save (or soil) the day. With cartoony illustrations, a
bright palette, and closing catalog of guests, this is sheer oddball fun
for little ones. —Briana Shemroske
So Many Feet.
By Nichole Mara. Illus. by Alexander Vidal.
May 2017. 34p. Abrams/Appleseed, $12.95 (9781419723186). 590.2. PreS.
Feet in the animal kingdom are for so much more than walking,
and little ones will get a breezy glimpse in this board book. In blocky,
Charley Harper–style illustrations, a wide variety of animals from all
over the world demonstrate what their feet can do. In the desert, lizards
dance to keep their feet off the hot sand, while in the arctic, “a polar
bear’s feet spread wide to keep it from sinking into the snow.” The tantalizing, brief snippets of information are just right for the age group,
and the genial, boldly colored creatures that fill the pages are very eye-catching. —Sarah Hunter
Where’s the Giraffe?
By Ingela P. Arrhenius. Illus. by the author.
2017. 10p. Candlewick/Nosy Crow, $8.99 (9780763693343). PreS–K.
“Where’s the lion?” a big-eyed bird asks on the left-hand side
of the first spread. There he is on the right side, hiding behind
a hot-pink felt flap! A crocodile, elephant, and giraffe are all located in the same manner. On the final page, all of the recently
discovered animals gather to ask, “And where are you?” Beneath
the corresponding yellow flap? A mirror, of course. The soft felt
allows for a gentler lift-the-flap book. Bright colors and simple,
full-bleed illustrations make this easy for young viewers to follow,
and that fun interactive element will have them hooked in no time.
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