Heads

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling creator Matt Van Fleet comes a companion to the million plus copy bestseller, Tails that will dazzle and delight! Heads – wooly, bump and hairy – never has such a collection of animal heads been so much fun!

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Overview

From the #1 New York Times bestselling creator Matt Van Fleet comes a companion to the million plus copy bestseller, Tails that will dazzle and delight! Heads – wooly, bump and hairy – never has such a collection of animal heads been so much fun!

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Editorial Reviews

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Author/artist Matt Van Fleet topped the preschool charts with his Tails (9780152167738); now he turns the tables upside down with a deep fun plunge into the soaring world of Heads. Another head-turning hit for an entertaining author.
Publishers Weekly
This touch-and-feel companion to Van Fleet's bestselling Tails (2003) is interactive even before page one, with a pull-tab cover in which animals move letters into place to spell out the title. The book is stuffed with myriad textures, detailed watercolor illustrations, and playful rhymes ("Bite mouth,/ Shout mouth,/ Slobber mouth,/ Slurp!/ Nibble mouth,/ Chew mouth,/ Rude mouths... BURP!"); a hippo's mouth opens wide during said burp--just one of a couple of kid-pleasing gross-out moments. All the animals, from axolotl to tamandua, are labeled on the final spread, after a fold-out surprise ending. It's a buoyant celebration of the animal kingdom's diversity. Ages 2-up. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
* This touch-and-feel companion to Van Fleet's bestselling Tails (2003) is interactive even before page one, with a pull-tab cover in which animals move letters into place to spell out the title. The book is stuffed with myriad textures, detailed watercolor illustrations, and playful rhymes ("Bite mouth,/ Shout mouth,/ Slobber mouth,/ Slurp!/ Nibble mouth,/ Chew mouth,/ Rude mouths... BURP!"); a hippo's mouth opens wide during said burp—just one of a couple of kid-pleasing gross-out moments. All the animals, from axolotl to tamandua, are labeled on the final spread, after a fold-out surprise ending. It's a buoyant celebration of the animal kingdom's diversity. - Publishers Weekly, June 28, 2010, *STAR

Discover the hidden talents of more than 30 (supercute) animals with the pull of a tab.—Parenting Early Years, August 2010

Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
The best-selling author and illustrator of Heads has had a long string of successful books for children, and this one will be no exception. Like several other of his works, it is a large white book of thick pages and stiff-to-push or pull tabs. Van Fleet has a delightful talent for creating huggable wild animals. In this book the giraffe, elephant, rhinoceros, lion and alligator on the cover seem to be enjoying a good laugh together as, with the reader's help, they shove together the five letters necessary to spell the title of the book. Inside the reader will find all kinds of birds, animals and reptiles, and not just their heads! There are touchable textured areas of wooly heads, hairy heads, floppy ears and sticky tongues. One pull-tab cracks two eggs open so two ducklings can hatch; another causes a frog's neck to inflate. An elephant wiggles his ears to shake off flies and a baby tiger wakes his mother with a little lick. The reader may not realize how many animals he has encountered until the last page when, inside a giant pop-up of a whale's spout, all the animals in the book reappear. Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
School Library Journal
PreS—This companion to Van Fleet's Tails (S & S, 2003) encourages interaction from cover to end page. Children begin the safari that celebrates the traits of diverse animals by pulling a tab that allows a giraffe, elephant, rhino, tiger, and alligator to assemble jumbled letters to create the title. On each busy page, more tabs open a platypus egg, enlarge a frog's throat, and wiggle an elephant's ears. Watercolor cartoon critters rock the pages with greedy grins, loving licks, and astonished yelps. The grand finale has a flip up showing every character enjoying a spout ride, thanks to a cheery whale. The animals, from fly to flamingo, are each named-great for vocabulary enrichment. This fun board book is designed to entertain toddlers time and again, but may not survive long in a circulating collection, so get a second copy for storytimes.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Animals characterized by distinctive features are displayed accordingly, if haphazardly. From heads (woolly llama heads, hairy tamarins, pointy rhinos, beaky toucans and billed platypi) through necks, ears, mouths, tongues, noses and eyes, a variety of animals are showcased, often with touch-and-feel elements and with one animal per spread featuring pull-tab action. Elephant ears twitch, a hippo mouth belches. These tabs and movable parts are sturdy enough for repeated toddler (ab)use. Purists will complain that animals are thrown together with no regard for common habitat, and grammarians will cringe at the syntax and forced rhyme: "Bite mouth, / Shout mouth, / Slobber mouth, / Slurp! / Nibble mouth, / Chew mouth, / Rude mouths... / BURP!" The closing fold-out that features all the animals, labeled, tumbling in a whale's spout is cool, though, even if it's zoologically impossible. (Pop-up. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442403796
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publication date: 8/24/2010
  • Pages: 18
  • Sales rank: 131,544
  • Age range: Up to 2 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Van Fleet

Matthew Van Fleet’s innovative books have been introducing children to basic concepts for almost twenty years. His unique formats invite toddlers to touch, press, pull, lift, and even sniff as they explore colors, shapes, numbers, letters, opposites, and more. His books include the #1 New York Times bestsellers Tails and Dog as well as the New York Times bestsellers Cat, Heads, and Alphabet. His books have sold more than three million copies. He lives with his family in New York state.

Matthew Van Fleet’s innovative books have been introducing children to basic concepts for almost twenty years. His unique formats invite toddlers to touch, press, pull, lift, and even sniff as they explore colors, shapes, numbers, letters, opposites, and more. His books include the #1 New York Times bestsellers Tails and Dog as well as the New York Times bestsellers Cat, Heads, and Alphabet. His books have sold more than three million copies. He lives with his family in New York state.

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  • Posted October 8, 2010

    Wow! My son LOVES this!!

    This is a super cute book. My son has a blast looking at it. All of the pull tabs are great. I think this is the best out of this series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    GREAT BOOK FOR CHILDREN

    I bought this book for my 2 year old grand daughter's birthday. It is sturdy for little hands and great fun. She enjoys it so much that I recently sent one as a gift to my friends grand child for her first birthday. It seems that it has been a hit with her too. I like the colors and textures in the book and the sturdy push and pull tabs. I also was pleased that Barnes and Noble offers gift wrap as I wanted my gift to arrive in festive wrap.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2011

    My Son LOVED this book!

    My son is only 9 months old and he loves to read books already. This book has lots of fun things to tough and things that move. It is also one of the more enjoyable books for myself as well!

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    Fantastic!

    Saw this book in the store and had to have it. I love it and our 91/2 month old grandson loves it. Neighbor's 2 yr. old granddaughter loves it. Big book, interactive, many things to touch.

    So, I also got Tails.

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    Posted January 5, 2011

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