Friday, June 29, 2018

More, more, more: What's the Difference?

It's those similar things which confuse us often. What is the difference between shorts and Bermuda shorts? A terrace and a balcony? How about noodles and pasta, or a camel and dromedary? Emma Strack offers comparisons of the similar and explains the differences in What's the Difference? 40+ Pairs of the Seemingly Similar. 

Larger text introduces the questions for the reader, followed by smaller font with facts and roundup lists which include class and order, diet and size. Illustrator Guillaume Plantevin's work keeps the material from being overbearing. The palette, font, and layout remain open and inviting as one reads about veins versus arteries and basilicas as opposed to cathedrals.

This is a beautiful compendium which will answer many questions for you and your readers.

What's the Difference? 40+ Pairs of the Seemingly Similar
by Emma Strack
illustrated by Guillaume Plantevin
Chronicle Books, 2018

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Just a Duck? by Carin Bramsen

Now a rhyming board book Just a Duck? tackles acceptance of who we are with our own strengths and limits. Duck wants to be a cat, yet he isn't able to climb and keep up with his friend Cat. When the latter finds himself in deep water, Duck is able to help with duck abilities.

Illustrations include double and single spreads, along with comic frames on two pages to show passing time and movement. Both creatures emote through facial expressions and big gestures.

There is much to discuss with first readers from this cheerful, accepting work.

Just a Duck? Duck and Cat! Series
Carin Bramsen
Random House, 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Beep! Beep! by Sam Hearn

After a short break, we are back with a board book revving up for summer vacation. Beep! Beep! has graduating pages which bring vehicles of color out for a race. The work nests in a shallow box for added durability.

Male and female animals race out of the city in colorful cars, vans, and trucks. The surprise on the final page shows everyone was driving to a foot race.

Teaching on several topics, totz will enjoy choosing their own winners. Beep! Beep!

Beep! Beep!
by Sam Hearn
Cartwheel, 2016