Monday, December 21, 2015

Can You Say It, Too? Jingle! Jingle! by Sebastien Braun

Can You Say It, Too? Jingle! Jingle! is a new addition to the series by Sebastien Braun. As Santa delivers gifts, he asks, "Who's that?" to the reader. Below the flaps wait reindeer, a polar bear, a bird, and a dog. Each shares his sound in the excitement. Finally Santa deposits the presents under the tree. The final spread bears two flaps, one for children who, "Giggle! Giggle!" and one for Santa as he flies away with a "Merry Christmas! Ho! Ho! Ho!"

Nosy Crow always delivers just the right fun to totz. Here is Christmas in a board book for little fingers. Happy holiday!

Can You Say It, Too? Jingle! Jingle!
by Sebastien Braun
Nosy Crow, 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

Little Houses, A Counting Book: Helen Musselwhite

I have fallen in love with Laurence King publishers. Prepare to be wowed by their contributions for our smallest readers.

Little Houses, A Counting Book by Helen Musselwhite is a perfect example. Portraying an array of house types, your totz will enjoy the paper constructions demonstrating the featured number. Various other animals and objects are included to echo the digit as well. A final spread illustrates each of the houses alongside their number. Four additional pages present the kinds of houses from around the world that were shown, from a chalet in Switzerland to a Ndebele house in South Africa. Older sibs will enjoy the information.

This picture book has a feeling of space and room for all the houses, numbers, and creatures. The heavy pages will resist an accidental tear from your totz.

I'm looking forward to seeing more from Laurence King. Wouldn't board books be lovely?

Little Houses, A Counting Book
By Helen Musselwhite
Laurence King, 2015

Monday, December 7, 2015

Carry and Learn, Numbers: Sarah Ward

Why not a book you can Carry and Learn? How about Numbers and much more. With a handle at the top, just the right size for readertotz, your toddler can carry, touch-and-feel, lift-a-flap, and respond to the requested call on each page. They might stomp like one elephant, stand tall like two giraffes, and growl like three lions.

Adjectives are introduced as well: furry, wet, and spotted. Numbers are repeated for repetition and occupy the left side of every spread. Finally, readertotz are asked what is their favorite animal numbered at the zoo. The glossy paper seems especially durable, along with the raised dots on the cover which make an easy-to-grip book.

Cartwheel knows how to create for the littlest readers. I'm happy they are my publisher as well!

Big Hug for Little Cub

Carry and Learn, Numbers
Illustrated by Sarah Ward
Cartwheel Books, 2015