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Lick!

by Matthew Van Fleet
     
 

From the #1 New York Times bestselling children’s book creator Matthew Van Fleet.

Tongue-tied fun for toddlers in an adorable format perfect for little hands!

Four sturdy pull tabs and four touchable textures enhance the action and laughs flow lickety-split as a cast of cavorting creatures proves that tongues can do much more than taste!  See more details below

Overview

From the #1 New York Times bestselling children’s book creator Matthew Van Fleet.

Tongue-tied fun for toddlers in an adorable format perfect for little hands!

Four sturdy pull tabs and four touchable textures enhance the action and laughs flow lickety-split as a cast of cavorting creatures proves that tongues can do much more than taste!

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:
01/29/2013
Pages:
14
Sales rank:
1,178,921
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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Matthew Van Fleet’s innovative books have been introducing children to basic concepts for more than twenty years. His uniquely designed board books invite toddlers to touch, press, pull, lift, and even sniff as they explore colors, shapes, numbers, letters, opposites, and more. His New York Times bestselling titles include Cat, Heads, Alphabet, and Moo, as well as the #1 New York Times bestsellers Tails and Dog. His books have sold more than eight million copies and have been translated around the world. He lives with his family in New York. Visit him online at VanFleetBooks.com.

Matthew Van Fleet’s innovative books have been introducing children to basic concepts for more than twenty years. His uniquely designed board books invite toddlers to touch, press, pull, lift, and even sniff as they explore colors, shapes, numbers, letters, opposites, and more. His New York Times bestselling titles include Cat, Heads, Alphabet, and Moo, as well as the #1 New York Times bestsellers Tails and Dog. His books have sold more than eight million copies and have been translated around the world. He lives with his family in New York. Visit him online at VanFleetBooks.com.

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