Books Always Everywhereby Jane Blatt
Babies and toddlers join in an exuberant celebration of books of all shapes and sizes in this charming picture book. For little kids, books can be anything from a chair, to a tower, to a hat. But once little ones discover the magical world that can be found inside a book, the best thing a book can be—is a book! This joy of discovery is evident on the faces of these little kids as they open up a book and find a favorite story. In short, this book about books is so adorable and tempting, it will have toddlers and parents running to libraries and bookstores everywhere.
PreS—Babies, toddlers, and a variety of animals accompanied by books as they read on the swings, while climbing trees, on rainy days, at the beach, etc. The text has a nice flow, consisting of two words per page, e.g., "Book wide" shows children surrounding a picture of a crocodile; the facing page reads, "Book tall" and features a child and a giraffe. All of the characters have identical facial features: dots for eyes and simple semicircle smiles, differentiated only by hair, skin tone, etc. Otherwise, the mixed-media illustrations have some charming details, such as children reading books whose titles and/or text coincide with their activities. As the kids cuddle in bed with some sweater-clad sheep, they are reading Counting Sheep, while at the park they read Trees Are the Bees Knees and Ooops-a Daisy! The soft, mostly pastel pictures have a great deal of texture, and children are likely to try and feel the pages. They will also have fun spotting the little mouse that cavorts somewhere on every page.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Blatt debuts with a jubilant celebration of books, aiming her chirpy rhymes at both pre- and emergent readers. Two easily sounded-out words accompany each of Massini's (Tulip Loves Rex) mixed-media illustrations, which feature cherubic babies and toddlers. On the first spread, a child stands next to a giant book displaying a picture of an elephant ("Book big"); the next pages show a baby crawling over to a board book showcasing a mouse ("Book small"). After introducing books with exaggerated horizontal and vertical formats ("Book wide/ Book tall"), Blatt ventures beyond opposites as toddlers use books for various non-reading purposes—stacked as chairs, tented as hats, and as building blocks for a play house—before settling down (sort of) to read. It's a nimbly paced and satisfying progression, further elevated by Massini's art, which incorporates witty thematic book titles that tie into the settings and characters (e.g., a child in a swing drops a book entitled Oops-a-Daisy!). A mouse scooting through the pages provides added visual diversion. A sturdy stepping-stone to titles like Judy Sierra and Marc Brown's Wild About Books. Ages 3–7. (May)
Books are everywhere, as these adorable toddlers prove! The word "book" is paired with a second word on each page or spread as a troupe of little ones demonstrates the meaning. The first spread reads, "Book big," and shows a child opening a massive book to a picture of an elephant; both book and illustration dwarf the tot. Small, wide and tall follow. Then comes "Book build / book mat / book chair / book hat," all across one spread, and the children use the books as indicated. The multiethnic toddlers interact with books throughout, and many have befitting titles. In "Book park," three munchkins sit in swings; one is holding the book Trees Are the Bee's Knees, while another has dropped Oops-a-Daisy! by accident. The illustrations are full of charm, and the mouse that figures throughout will provide children an additional means of engagement. The children have dots for eyes and squiggles for facial features, and humorous touches, such as a diaper peeking out over a waistband, abound. The large size and nice, heavy paper stock make this lap friendly. Though some adults might suck their teeth at a few of the suggested uses, the message that books are fun (and useful) certainly overrides that. In two words: Books rule! (Picture book. 2-4)
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- 3 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
JANE BLATT is a primary school teacher as well as an accomplished violinist, and her musical background is evident in her lyrical writing.
SARAH MASSINI worked as a designer at several major children's book publishers before devoting herself to illustration full-time. She lives with her husband, young son, and terrier Tess, who stands guard as she draws.
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