PreS-Gr 2-In this companion to Girl, You're Amazing (Albert Whitman, 2001), Kroll celebrates the talents, accomplishments, and potential of boys. In joyful rhymes that flow energetically across the pages, the book describes positive character traits like nurturing, courage, and generosity, while leaving plenty of room for more physical achievements such as playing sports: "Boy, you're amazing, the things you can do!/Cut out a birthday card, write `I love you,'/build a snow fort and tell time on the clock,/ride your big bike all the way down the block." Yoshikawa's mixed-media illustrations feature bold backgrounds and vibrant, colorful scenes that often play with perspective. Unexpected bits of newsprint are scattered throughout. With their simple round faces, the cartoonlike characters are diverse, expressive, and appealing. The book concludes with a page of boys' names and visages and offers up the sentiment, "think of the things you will grow up to do!- Boy, you're amazing!/I'm glad that/you're YOU!"-Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"Boy, you're amazing, the things you can do!" Boys can ride bikes and play cards; they can stay calm when baby is scared of a storm. They can invent things, be gracious losers, and become great friends. In short, boys are as amazing as girls were when Kroll extolled their virtues and potential in Girl, You're Amazing! (2001). The rhyming text here is just as sure, silly, and serious. What's best is that the heralded feats are mostly ordinary, everyday accomplishments that everyone can identify with. Yoshikawa's bold and colorful illustrations bring a cast of multicultural, energetic boys to life. A great gift for any young boy, this would also make an excellent addition to any storytime library. (Picture book. 3-7). . . Laminack, Lester L. SATURDAYS AND TEACAKESIllus. by Chris SoentpietPeachtree (32 pp.)$16.95Mar. 2004