Do crocs cry? Do crocs clap? All I know is crocs go…SNAP! This novelty board book, with fun text and colorful illustrations, features adorable lions, tigers, and bears, as well as the snappy title reptile and other favorite creatures. Kids will happily lift the flap on each big animal “mouth” to discover what sound it makes. For a grand finale, all the animals appear together peering out from behind two gatefolds, so children can sneak a peek ...
Do crocs cry? Do crocs clap? All I know is crocs go…SNAP! This novelty board book, with fun text and colorful illustrations, features adorable lions, tigers, and bears, as well as the snappy title reptile and other favorite creatures. Kids will happily lift the flap on each big animal “mouth” to discover what sound it makes. For a grand finale, all the animals appear together peering out from behind two gatefolds, so children can sneak a peek and say all the sounds again!
PreS—In Cows, children can guess animal sounds by filling in the rhyming word at the end of a series of questions. "Do cows sing?/Do cows coo?/All I know is cows go…." The answer is revealed when the flap covering the cow's mouth is open. At the end of the book, the barnyard animals are hidden behind a fence. Before the flaps open, children can try to match them to the sounds they make. The glossy pages have a polka-dot motif on the verso and a solid colored background on the recto. The animals are visually simple, but appealing. This book is a perfect fit for toddlers. The second book asks: Who is making all that noise in the wild? Is it the snapping crocodile? Could it be the roaring lion, or the chirping toucan? The eight animals open their mouths wide. They growl and chomp, but their smiles and innocent appearance make them look harmless. A concluding spread gives children a chance to identify all the creatures and their sounds. Youngsters will be drawn to the bright colors and interactive format of these books.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
"Do snakes laugh?...Do lions snore?...Do toucans burp?" Readers may not find out the answers to these questions, but they sure are fun to ponder in Yoon's latest lift-the-flap book, which allows kids to test their knowledge of animal sounds. Eight rhyming verses present readers with exotic animals and allow them to guess the sounds the creatures make before lifting the huge flap that opens the animal's mouth to reveal the answer. "Do monkeys fight? / Do monkeys agree? / All I know is / monkeys go… // OOH-OOH! EEE-EEE!" Publishing simultaneously is the farmyard-focused Do Cows Meow? Both are plagued by the same problems. Not all the animals fit the theme, and two of the jungle animals are not vocalizing sounds, "chomp[ing]" or "snap[ping]" instead. A few of the rhymes miss the mark ("point" with "oink"), and the playful tone of the questions is not carried throughout; "Do ducks cluck?" falls flat when compared to the sheer silliness of frogs knitting and sheep tangoing. The biggest strengths are the sturdiness of the large, well-connected flaps and the visual presentation. Text is on the left against bright tone-on-tone polka-dot backgrounds; the animals' faces are on the right. Details are kept simple, highlighting each animal's identifying features. A final double gatefold hides all the creatures and their sounds in one scene. This is a favorite toddler topic, high on kid appeal. (Board book. 1-3)
Product dimensions: 9.42 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.58 (d)
Meet the Author
Salina Yoon is an award-winning author and illustrator with over 100 books to her credit and a strong sales track record in novelty board books. In 2009 Salina won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal, Best Book Award, for both Toys and Rock & Roll: Colors (Scholastic). Her book Opposnakes (Simon & Schuster) was a 2009 finalist for the CBC's Children's Choice Book Awards for K-2nd Best Book of the Year. My First Menorah (Simon & Schuster) was awarded Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Books of the Year. Salina resides in San Diego, CA.