________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 14. . . .March 6, 2009

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Curious Kitten Peek A Boo!

Tim Bugbird.
Toronto, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2009.
10 pp., board, $18.99.
ISBN 978-0-545-98652-6.

Preschool / Ages 1-3.

Review by Dave Jenkinson.

*** /4

   
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Playful Puppy Peek A Boo!

Tim Bugbird.
Toronto, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2009.
10 pp., board, $18.99.
ISBN 978-0-545-98651-9.

Preschool / Ages 1-3.

Review by Dave Jenkinson.

*** /4

   

excerpt:

I see FLUFFY,
white CLOUDS,
floating in the SKY,
and I'm chasing a big,
blue BUTTERFLY.

PLAY the game!
WHAT'S my name?

PEEK A BOO!

My name's FLUFFY! (From
Curious Kitten Peek A Boo!)


internal artI'm having fun on the
SANDY beach!
Can you SEE me?
I'm out of REACH.

PLAY the game!
WHAT'S my name?

PEEK A BOO!

My name's SANDY! (From
Playful Puppy Peek
A Boo!)

 

internal artThis pair of board books combines two of very young children's favorites - the game of peek-a-boo and young animals, specifically kittens and puppies. The two books share a common format. Each of the five double page spreads has text on the lefthand page. The recto is actually two board pages that are hinged together with the board flap having both a photographic illustration and the invitation to "PLAY the game" by naming the young animal that is being hidden by the flap page. When the flap is opened, its underside carries the words PEEK A BOO! and, depending upon the book, either a kitten or puppy is revealed on the "true" recto. In each book's final double page spread, the animal image that is being concealed by foldout "saloon swinging doors" includes all of the book's four kittens or puppies. Excluding these final pages, the books' covers and their other four double page spreads all incorporate a tactile element, such as a kitten or puppy's "fur" or the "tread" of a truck tire.

internal art     While young children will undoubtedly come up with their own names for the books' kittens and puppies, they may also quickly realize that the animals' names are found within the text that precedes their being invited to "PLAY the game!"

internal art      Patterned backgrounds, bright colours and sharp images will hold young "readers'" interests as will the books' tactile aspects.

      Likely more a home than a library purchase, this pair of board books would not be out of place in child care settings.

Recommended.

Dave Jenkinson, CM's editor, lives in Winnipeg, MB.

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