Lick!

Overview

Give toddlers a taste of this deliciously adorable, interactive novelty book that’s the perfect size for little hands, from #1 New York Times bestselling creator Matthew Van Fleet.

From the creator of the New York Times bestselling Heads and Tails, four clever pull-tabs and seven tickly textures put toddlers face-to-face with captivating critters who prove that tongues can do much more than taste! This hands-on read-aloud is sure to become a ...

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Overview

Give toddlers a taste of this deliciously adorable, interactive novelty book that’s the perfect size for little hands, from #1 New York Times bestselling creator Matthew Van Fleet.

From the creator of the New York Times bestselling Heads and Tails, four clever pull-tabs and seven tickly textures put toddlers face-to-face with captivating critters who prove that tongues can do much more than taste! This hands-on read-aloud is sure to become a bedtime—and anytime—favorite.

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  • Matthew Van Fleet - Sniff, Lick, Munch
    Matthew Van Fleet - Sniff, Lick, Munch  

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Pamela Paul
The cardboard is sturdy enough to endure repeated jerking by toddler hands, and the construction capable enough to ensure that tabs function smoothly…The photographs in Van Fleet's books for older readers…have been replaced with simple, lightly cartoonish illustrations—each of them age-appropriate and amiable.
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With incredibly sturdy pull-tabs and other tactile features, this board book will take a licking from enthusiastic toddlers.

Using the expressive animal cartoons he employed in his larger-size pop-ups, Heads (2010) and Tails (2003), Van Fleet shows readers the variety of tongues in the animal world and some of their unique capabilities. Something of a tongue twister to read aloud, the rhyming text is forced on some pages and playful and droll on others: “Tongue tastes sour, Tongue tastes ICK! / Tongue tastes yummy—lick, lick, lick!” The interactive features are the real star here, from rough, slick and sticky tactile tongues to heads animated by oversized, easy-to-manipulate pull-tabs. The cleverest feature by far is the baby tiger that blows readers a Bronx cheer via a pull-tab and a noise maker embedded in the book on the very last page. Probably to keep production costs down, a couple of pages have no movable or touch-and-feel parts and may leave youngsters searching for something to do. With this offering and Sniff (2012) already in print, one wonders if Van Fleet will take on the other three of the five senses next.

Despite quibbles, this is sure to be hit with action-oriented toddlers. (Board book. 2-5)

Children's Literature - Sara Lorimer
So many tongues! Bear tongue, pig tongue, hippo tongue. Cheery, cartoon animals stick out their tongues of all kinds. "Bored tongue hanging, Excited tongue flaps, Thirsty little tiger tongue—lap, lap, lap!" Some of the tongues are textured, and flaps let readers make the bears and tigers move their heads. The words and rhymes flow nicely, with a good beat, until the very end where "NYAH!" is rhymed with "RAZZ!"—but presumably most people are going to blow a raspberry at that point and so the rhyme is moot. Perfect for toddlers who are at that stage where they walk around with their tongues poking out all the time. It is thick and sturdy even by board book standards, and other than the frog's sticky tongue it should physically hold up to repeated readings. Great for a preschool or kindergarten classroom and home. Other similar titles from Van Fleet include Tails, Dog, Cat, and Heads. Reviewer: Sara Lorimer
Kirkus Reviews
With incredibly sturdy pull-tabs and other tactile features, this board book will take a licking from enthusiastic toddlers. Using the expressive animal cartoons he employed in his larger-size pop-ups, Heads (2010) and Tails (2003), Van Fleet shows readers the variety of tongues in the animal world and some of their unique capabilities. Something of a tongue twister to read aloud, the rhyming text is forced on some pages and playful and droll on others: "Tongue tastes sour, Tongue tastes ICK! / Tongue tastes yummy--lick, lick, lick!" The interactive features are the real star here, from rough, slick and sticky tactile tongues to heads animated by oversized, easy-to-manipulate pull-tabs. The cleverest feature by far is the baby tiger that blows readers a Bronx cheer via a pull-tab and a noise maker embedded in the book on the very last page. Probably to keep production costs down, a couple of pages have no movable or touch-and-feel parts and may leave youngsters searching for something to do. With this offering and Sniff! (2012) already in print, one wonders if Van Fleet will take on the other three of the five senses next. Despite quibbles, this is sure to be hit with action-oriented toddlers. (Board book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442460492
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Pages: 14
  • Sales rank: 1,448,358
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (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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