Children's LiteratureThis book and toy combination features the Curious Buddies from Baby Nick Jr. The brightly colored buddies--a lime green dog, blue elephant, orange pig, and others are featured in the photographs with real kids. The book will have broad appeal since the kids represent a variety of ethnicities. The idea is to get kids up and moving along with the Curious Buddies. The rattle is comprised of four plastic rings on a plastic rod across the top of the book, which also serves as a handle. The garish colors and not very realistic animals may not do much to help kids learn, but if they watch TV, then the Buddies may be familiar friends. 2005, Simon Spotlight/Nick Jr./Simon & Schuster, Ages 9 mo. to 2.