Board Books

Acredolo, Linda and Susan Goodwyn.  BABY SIGNS FOR ANIMALS.  Photos by Penny Gentieu. 
    New York: HarperFestival, 2003.  24p.  0-06-009075-8 bd.bk.  $6.99    PreS    BB     

    Small children and babies of both sexes and several races are shown in photos as they use their fingers to make signs that can imitate an animal appearing on the left page; and, according to the directions on the top of the page, that includes the photo of the child.  Some are logical like “index fingers up like ears” to describe a bunny shown by a real one, a stuffed toy, and a baby wrapped up in a pink suit with bunny ears on the hood.  Others are more obscure like “tap finger to nose” to represent a pig or “hand curled to mouth” to represent a mouse.   Adults may need to add information to help create images like “make whiskers for the mouse.“  However, following directions and interaction between an adult and a child with the appropriate actions is important in the development of a child.  This book can help in that development.  Directions for using the book, written by two Ph.D.’s, is that the book should be used as soon as the “child starts to wave bye-bye.”  Improvising is encouraged.  Purchase for diversity as well as the activity value.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Acredolo, Linda and Susan Goodwyn.  BABY SIGNS FOR BEDTIME.  Photos by Penny Gentieu.
    New York: HarperFestival, 2003.  24p.  0-06-009076-6 bd.bk.    $6.99    PreS    BB     

    Small children and babies of both sexes and several races are shown in photos as they use their fingers to make signs that can imitate bedtime vocabulary like bath, tooth, brush, book, and blanket.  The items appear on the left page, but directions for the activity appear on the top of the page that includes the photo of the child.  Most are logical like “rest head on hands” for sleepy and “put finger across lips” for quiet.  “Wiggle fingers up high” to represent stars is more obscure.  However, following directions and interaction between an adult and a child with the appropriate actions is important in the development of a child.  This book can help in that development.  Directions for using this book, written by two Ph.D.’s, is that the book should be used as soon as the “child starts to wave bye-bye.”  Improvising is encouraged.  Purchase for diversity as well as the activity value.  This book is a companion to BABY SIGNS FOR ANIMALS (HarperFestival, 2003).  If the library could only afford one of the books, chose the bedtime one.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Acredolo, Linda and Susan Goodwyn.  BABY SIGNS FOR MEALTIME.  Photos by Penny Gentieu.    
    HarperFestival, 2002.  20p.  0-06-009073-1 bd. bk.  $6.95.  PreS    BB      PAULIN’S PICKS

    Two Ph.D.’s, authors of BABY SIGNS (McGraw-Hill, 2002), urge parents to “Talk to your baby before your baby can talk!”  Ten words are presented on the left page and directions for pantomiming the word appears on the right.  The first word in this book is “eat” and the direction, also shown by a photo, is “fingertips to lips.”  Another word is “hot” and the direction is “blow, blow, blow.”  Brief directions to parents are on the last page and include three parts: when to begin, how to do it, and improvising actions.  The photos of the infants are exceptionally clear and a variety of sexes and ethnic groups are represented.  Half of the words are nouns; others include: eat, drink, more, all gone, and hot.  This book and MY FIRST BABY SIGNS (HF, 2002) should be some of the first board books given to new mothers.  Even if board book funding is limited, public libraries and day centers should put these two titles on the top of their lists.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Acredolo, Linda and Susan Goodwyn.  MY FIRST BABY SIGNS.  Photos by Penny  Gentieu. 
    HarperFestival, 2002.  20p.  0-06-009074-X bd. bk.  $6.95.   PreS   BB   PAULIN’S PICKS

    Two Ph.D.’s, authors of BABY SIGNS (McGraw-Hill, 2002), urge parents to “Talk to your baby before your baby can talk!”  Ten words are presented on the left page and directions for pantomiming the word appears on the right.  The first word in this book is “ball” and the direction, also shown by a photo, is “throwing motion.”  Another word is “baby” and the direction is “rock-a-bye motion.“  Brief directions to parents are on the last page and include three parts: when to begin, how to do it, and improvising actions.  The photos of the infants are exceptionally clear and a variety of sexes and ethnic groups are represented.  Unlike the first book, all the words in this one are nouns.  This book and MY FIRST BABY SIGNS (HF, 2002) should be some of the first board books given to new mothers.  Even if board book funding is limited, public libraries and day centers should put these two titles on the top of their lists.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Anderson, Sara.  NOISY CITY DAY.  New York:  Handprint Books, 2005.
            10p.  ISBN 1-59354-054X hb. $7.95  PreS   BB

Anderson, Sara.  NOISY CITY NIGHT.  New York:  Handprint Books, 2005.
            10p.  ISBN 1-59354-055-8 bb. $7.95   PreS   BB

             The cut-out pages of this board book give a layered effect to the cityscape as the reader tours a large city during daylight hours in one book and at night in the second book.  Readers travel from the park to home, from street level to rooftop, accompanied by bright illustrations, rhyming text, and words that make their own sound effects.
            Ann Best, Bookmobile Assistant, Menominee County Library

Apperley, Dawn.  ANIMAL MOVES:  A PULL-TAB BOOK.  Illus by author.
    Boston:  Little, 1999.  0-316-04902-6 hb.  $9.95.  98-65815   PreS   E

    Although the pages are technically not of board book stiffness, they are stiffer than regular pages.  There are lively animals, in various types of locomotion on each double page spread, that spring into action with sturdy tab pulls.  The book can be used to teach verbs like hop, waddle, wiggle, snap, stretch, and scratch.  Although the book is sturdier than most pull-the-tab books, it might be wiser to keep this in the professional collection to be used during story hours with books like Davis’ WHO HOPS? (Harcourt, 1998).  The audience can easily participate with all the actions except ear wiggling.  But they will have fun trying.  This title also provides a good introduction to kangaroos, penguins, rabbits, crocodiles, giraffes, and orangutans.  Individual pages can be shared during story hours devoted to Waber’s LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE (Houghton), Lester’s TACKEY THE PENGUIN (Turtleback), or KATY NO-POCKET (Turtleback).
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Apperley, Dawn.  ANIMAL NOISES:  A PULL-TAB BOOK.  Illus by author.
    Boston:  Little, 1999.  0-316-04912-3 hb.  $9.95.  98-65814    PreS    E

    Although the pages are technically not of board book stiffness, they are stiffer than regular pages.  Various animals come alive on each double page spread when sprung into action with sturdy tab pulls.  The lion is exceptional and could be shared during story hours when reading Fatio’s THE HAPPY LION ROARS (McGraw Hill, 1957) or other stories about lions.  When the pages open, so do a giant nose and throat with teeth that form a sculptured pop-up mouth.  The surprise will be enough to elicit giggles from the small fry.  The following noises can easily be made by story hour audiences: buzz, peck, oink, moo, squawk, and roar.  The animals, from a variety of habitats, include: bees, chickens, pigs, cows, parrots, and a lion.  The three farm animals can be shared with a story hour group who is listening to books about farms.  Three children can be picked to carefully pull the tabs.  The audience will happily provide the noises.  Although the pull-tabs are sturdier than most, librarians may wish to save the book for special occasions like when WHO HOOTS? (Harcourt, 2000) by Davis is part of the story hour.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Aruego,  Jose and Ariane Dewey.  WE HIDE, YOU SEEK.  Illus by authors.  HarperFestival,
    2001.  0-694-01597-0 bd.bk.  $6.95.  2001-088420   PreS-Gr. 1   BB

    Based on an almost wordless picture book (Greenwillow, 1979), this board book shows animals from the African grasslands playing hide and seek.  While a small red rhino-like animal closes his eyes, the other animals hide and viewers look for them as they are camouflaged on the savannah.  When it is the turn of the red animal to hide, he does so with a humorous twist.  The idea is a bit sophisticated for the board book set and the illustrations are better seen in a larger format so that this book is better in picture book format.  Only the paperback picture book is available (Harper, 1988).
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Baicker, Karen.  WAKE-ITY WAKE!  Illus. by Sam Williams.  New York:
    Handprint Books, 2004.  12p.  1-59354-036-1 bd.bk.  $6.95   Pres   BB

    Baicker's lively, rhyming text follows Baby and Bear from morning wake-up to bouncing down the stairs, tickling, pony rides and games of hide-and-seek.  This is a cute book for small children to wake up to or be used for toddler storytime.
    Ann Best, Bookmobile Assistant, Menominee County Library

Baicker, Karen.  YUM TUMMY TICKLY!  Illus. by Sam Williams.  New York:  
    Handprint Books, 2004.  12p.  1-59354-037-X  bd.bk.  $6.95  PreS   BB

    Silly, rhyming text describes the antics of getting Baby to eat; from trading bites to spoons taking off and landing.  There's also a freight train that brings snacks and lively food descriptors.  This is a cute story for mealtimes or toddler storytimes.
    Ann Best, Bookmobile Assistant, Menominee County Library

Bailey, Debbie.  THE HOSPITAL.   Photos by Susan Huszar.  Willowdale, ON:  
    Annick/Firefly 2000.  14p.  1-55037-632-2 bd.bk.  $5.95    PreS    BB

    This is an excellent book for any small child who is going to have a hospital stay or is just curious about what happens in a hospital.  Bailey explains in gentle detail some of the things that go on in a hospital from the meals that are served to getting an X-ray.   Photographs of children who are staying in the hospital accompany the written word and tell a story of their own.  This is a four-star book.  I recommend it for all children from toddler through first grade, especially if they are going to have to be in the hospital.  It will satisfy their curiosity and help erase some of their fears.  This board book is also available in Spanish.
    Charlotte Oshe; Children’s Assistant, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Bailey, Debbie.  MY FRIENDS.  Illus. by Susan Huszar.  Willowdale, ONT. Canada:              
            Annick Press, 2003.  ISBN 1-55037-817-1 bb.  $5.95       PreS     BB

            MY FRIENDS featured children of different ages playing together, pointing out that friends can be anyone with whom you share things and have fun.  It is illustrated with color photographs of children engaged in everyday activities with their friends.  The smiling faces and intimate body language make the theme accessible to even the very young reader.
            Susan Koernke, Teacher, Little Punkins Daycare, Negaunee, MI         

Bailey, Debbie.  MY PET.  Photos by Susan Huszar.  Willowdale, ON:  Annick Press, 
    2003.  unp.  1-55037-816-3  bd. bk.  $5.95     PreS    BB   

    MY PET is part of the Talk-About-Books series that covers most aspects of life as a small child.  The text is very simple.  The photographs of children and their pets are interesting and help to complete the message given by the sparse text.  The book shows what is involved in taking care of pets in a positive light. This book will lead to discussion, as children will want to compare the pets in this book to their own.  It's great for families or preschools.
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Baker, Keith.  HIDE AND SNAKE.  Illus by author.  San Diego:  Red Wagon/Harcourt,
    1991.   30p.  0-15-202229-5  bd. bk.  $5.95.   90-19967    PreS      BB

    This picture book translates well to board book format because the double page spreads allow readers to follow the colorful snake as it weaves in and out of the patterns in the illustrations in an “up close and personal” manner.  This was an outstanding picture book and is now an outstanding board book.  Add it to board book collections everywhere.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Barack, Marcy.  SEASON SONG.  Illus by Thierry Courtin.  Growing Tree series, level  1.
    New York HarperFestival, 2002.  24p.  0-694-01567-9 hb.  $9.95.   PreS-Gr. 2    BB 

    This book is a hybrid, a cross between a picture book and a board book.  The length is shorter, the pages are thicker than in a picture book, and the size is larger than a board book but the pages are not as thick or as spill-proof as pages in a board book.  This series provides a good transition between the two formats.  The rhyme in this title moves through the seasons, accompanied by illustrations that show a boy and a girl engaged in activities related to the text.  There is gutter loss in illustrations that are not equal to the text.  Still, the rhyme is catchy and will be enjoyed by children when read aloud to them.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Barrett, Mary Brigid.  SNOW BABY.  Illus. by Eve Chwast.  New York:  Harcourt/
     Red Wagon, 1998. unp. 0-15-201054-8  bd.bk. $5.95.  PreS   96-75966. $5.95.   BB.

     SNOW BABY is a must for young children who live in snow country.  Gram comes to take baby out to play in the snow.  Baby is bundled up and ventures out into the snow covered world with Gram. They climb up hills, make snow angels, go sledding, and baby plops in a drift. At day's end, the wind howls outside, while baby and Mama are nice and warm inside, blowing goodby kisses to Gram.  Rhyme, repetition, and bright bold illustrations make this a fun board  book to read again and again. This book is bound to be a favorite of babies to preschool children who live in areas like the U.P.
     Betty Karbon, Munising School and Public Library, Munising, MI.

Barton, Byron.  PLANES.  Illus. by the author.  New York : HarperFestival, 1986. unp.
      0-694-01166-5 bd.bk..  $6.95.   PreS   BB.

      Barton's colorful and boldly outlined illustrations along with minimal text (one short descriptive sentence on each double spread) works well in this board book format.  Small hands will delight in turning each page as the large and brightly colored jet flies through a very blue sky dotted with fluffy white clouds.  The jet flies over sea and land where various other aircraft perform their own special services.  The jet touches down, passengers disembark, and workers prepare the jet for the next group of passengers who fly off into the same bright blue sky. Barton's book is an  excellent choice for any parent with a toddler embarking on their first flight in an airplane or visiting an airport.   PLANES is certain to hold up well to the multiple uses it is sure to receive at home or in any public library children's collection.
     Janet LeFeber; Children's Librarian, Carnegie Public Library, Ishpeming, MI

 Barton, Byron.  TRUCKS. Illus. by the author.  New York:  HarperFestival, 1998.
     14p.  0-694-01164-9 bd.bk.   $6.95.  85-047901.  PreS     BB

     This board book offers preschoolers an informative and entertaining look at several types of trucks. The text is short and simple.  It is wonderfully illustrated with bright crayon colors and outlined with heavy dark lines.  This would be an excellent book to take along on a trip.  Children could help identify the different trucks as they travel along.  I think this would be a great addition to any board book collection.
     Sally Harris; Bookmobile Out-reach Coordinator, Menominee County Library, Stephenson, MI

Boelts, Maribeth.  LOOKING FOR SLEEPY.   Illus. by Bernadette Pons.  Morton Grove, IL:   
           Albert Whitman and Co., 2004.  12 p. ISBN 0-8075-0447-5.     Pre-K    BB 

           The story is brief but charming.  A father bear helps his son find some sleepy so he can go to bed.  
The little son has some all-too-common stalling tactics up his sleeve, but he uses them with charm.  
His very patient Dad waits until the sleepy finally finds his boy. Nice parent/child interplay.
            Susan Koernke, Preschool teacher, Little Punkins Daycare, Negaunee, MI

Boelts, Maribeth.  LULLABY LULLABOOK.  Illus by Bruce Whatley.  Harper Growing Tree series.
    New York: HarperFestival, 2002.  14p. 0-694-01593-8  bd.bk.  $5.95.   PreS   BB    PAULIN’S PICKS

    This is a first choice board book.  There are short verses for six animals and one human child.  What is different about this read-aloud bedtime story is the last word in each verse.  The Mama dove “sings her babe a lulla-coo.”  Other animals are cat (lulla-purr), owl (lulla-hoo), horse (lulla-neigh), trout (lulla-bubble), and cow (lulla-moo).  There are six age levels in this preschool series, and N stands for newborn.  Purchase this for personal giving, preschools, and public library collections.  This is one of the better books in this series.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Bond, Michael PADDINGTON BEAR GOES TO MARKET.  Illus. by R. W. Alley. 
    New York: Harper Collins, 1998. 14p.   0-694-00891-5 bd.bk.  $5.95    PreS     BB

    With only one sentence on a page, this lively Paddington board book is sure to please any little tyke who would eagerly grab for its sturdy pages.  The illustrations are filled with expressive characters and the detailed touches enhance the appeal of the book. It is skillfully done to hold the abbreviated attention of the beholder.  It is market day, so why not follow  Paddington Bear to Portobello Market and join him for a special treat with his friend, Mr.Gruber?
    Patricia Fittantte, Children's Librarian,  Escanaba Public Library

Brown, Margaret Wise.  GOODNIGHT MOON.  Illus by Clement Hurd.  Lap edition.  New York:
    HarperFestival, 2001.  36p.  0-694-01675-6 ovsz.bd.bk   $12.95    PreS-Gr. 1    BB

    On the title page of this oversized board book is the word "lap edition," making this classic book suitable for sharing with more than one child in a lap-sit program at a pubic library.  This edition of the 1947 classic has another purpose; it is useful to persons who need large print books.  This edition can be used for sharing with groups in preschools and public libraries or in circulating collections for Libraries for the Blind.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Brown, Margaret Wise.  RUNAWAY BUNNY.  Illus by Clement Hurd. Lap edition.  New York:
    HarperFestival, 2001.  36p.  0-694-01671-3 ovsz.bd.bk  $12.95    PreS-Gr. 1   BB

    First published in 1942, this classic picture book is available in a "lap edition" that can be used for lap-sit programs, read-alouds in day care programs, public library story-times, for sight impaired circulation, through Libraries for the Blind, and in large print collections.  This reassuring story about a little bunny who wants to run away from home but is told by his mother that she will "run after you…for you are my little bunny" has reassured children for several generations.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Buck, Nola.  HEY, LITTLE BABY!  Illus. by R. W. Alley.  New York: HarperCollins, 
    1999.    unp.  0-06-9401200-9   bd.bk.   97-78011    PreS   BB

     The stock is heavier than a standard picture book, yet not as strong as a board book.  It definitely has the flavor of the latter, however.  The text  is done in rhyme, the illustrations are bright and bold--definitely targeted to the toddler and preschooler.  Kids will enjoy the antics of a bragging big sister who proudly proclaims that when Baby gets bigger she will teach him all the things that she has already accomplished-- including a whispered, "Nighty Night."
     Patricia Fittante; Children's Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

BUSY BUGS.  Melissa Farley, editor. Illus. by Mandy Stanley.  Boston:  Kingfisher, 2003.  
    unp.  0-7534-5678-8 bd.bk.   $3.95    Preschool    BB

    These board books introduce toddlers to reading with one bold image on each page, accompanied by its corresponding word.  The books are written with themes in mind and are titled appropriately, AT THE BEACH, AT THE ZOO, BUSY BUGS, OUT AND ABOUT, PLAYTIME, and SHOPPING.  They are very basic concept books which could also be used to build vocabulary in the preschool population. 
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library

Butterfield, Moira.  TEDDY FAIRIES:  A STORY ABOUT ROSE. New York:
    Oyster/Scholastic Cartwheel, 2000.  0-439-208511-3 bd. bk., $4.95    PreS    BB

    This board book, shaped like a rose, is about a teddy bear fairy named Rose who is encased in a plastic bubble at the center of a flower.  The small bear can be removed from inside by removing the plastic.  Directions on the back of the book tell readers how they can attach the bear to barrettes, shoelaces, zipper pulls, or a neck ribbon.   There is a larger notice in capital letters issuing a choking hazard warning readers that the book is not for children under three years.  This is ironic since board books are designed for preschoolers.  Uncomplicated, the story is about a tired hungry caterpillar that rests with the teddy fairy and wakes up a beautiful butterfly who agrees with Rose and Scarlet O’Hara that “Tomorrow is always a new day!”  Public libraries will not want this book because the pink fairy can be removed and lost at best or at worst the wings can be detached and swallowed.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Capucilli, Alyssa Satin.  BISCUIT GOES TO THE PARK.  Illus by Pat Schories.
    New  York:  HarperFestival, 2002. 14p.  0-694-01523-7 bd. bk. $4.95.  PreS   BB

    This benign board book is another in a series about the dog who is well known in easy readers.  In this title, Biscuit and his dog friend, Puddles, and their owners go to the park.  When the pets come back with a kite, their owners get to meet the owners of the kite and they become friends.  As usual not much happens in the story but Biscuit has a loyal following who will appreciate having their favorite dog in board book format.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Capucilli, Alyssa Satin.  BISCUIT MEETS THE NEIGHBORS.  Illus by Pat Schories.
    New York:  HarperFestival, 2002.  14p.  0-694-01520-2 bd. bk.  $4.95.   PreS   BB

    This title takes a popular dog from easy readers, his owner, and his cat companion and places them in a board book format.  The animals watch new neighbors move in and the three take a basket of goodies to them.  On the way they add flowers and a ball to the gifts.  The new neighbors have a brown skin tone even though their features are the same as Biscuit’s owner to create a false sense of diversity.  The three children make friends and the cat makes friends with the neighbors’ cat.  More happens in this book than does in the companion board book, BISCUIT GOES TO THE PARK  (HF, 2002).
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Carle, Eric.  DOES A KANGAROO HAVE A MOTHER, TOO?  New York: 
    HarperFestival, 2000.  24p.  0-694-01456-7 bd.bk.  $7.95   PreS-K     591.3    

    The title question is posed a dozen times in this outstanding board book.  The only difference is in the name of the animal.  The animals are kangaroo, lion, giraffe, penguin, swan, fox, dolphin, sheep, bear, elephant, monkey, and deer.  The answer is also the same: “Yes!  A kangaroo has a mother.  Just like me and you.”   Again, only the name of the animal changes.  To keep the momentum going, the question is posed in smaller letters at the bottom of the answer page.  Across from the text, Carle provides his  trademark collages of each animal.  Only the last page is different.  The answer to the question of whether animal mothers love their babies is  “Yes!  Yes!  Of course they do.  Animal mothers love their babies, just as yours loves you.”  This is a perfect answer to a very satisfying book.  On the last page Carle provides the name of the animal babies, parents, and group names for the twelve animals.  Many picture books do not translate well to board book format because they have too much text.  This story is not too long, not too short, has lots of repetition, and is just right.  Home, school, daycare, and public libraries need this essential board book in addition to the picture book (Harper, 2000).
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Carle, Eric.  THE SECRET BIRTHDAY MESSAGE.  Illus by the author.
     New York:  HarperFestival, 1971.  0-694-01148-7  bd.bk.  $7.95   PreS    BB

     There's a mystery to solve in this board book of pages cut into special shapes.  When Tim finds a note under his bed with instructions for finding his birthday present, Tim and the reader are lead from shape to shape and place to place until readers find Tim's present--a puppy.  The pictures are not sharply defined and are done in dark primary colors.  More important are the various shapes of the pages, triangle, star, etc.  The vocabulary on the first page is at a high level for a board book and there are many more words than the usual book.  Page two is the map with shapes clearly defined in bold black and again quite a few words.  The rest of the book has only a few words.  It would be a good book for teaching shapes in a larger format, but not one of my first choices in board book format.  The mystery of what the present will be, will keep little ones attention, but this is not a board book that is a must have.
     Carol Kloskowski, Central School, Munising, MI, reading tutor.

Collins, Heather, illus.  HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE.  Traditional Nursery Rhyme Board Books
    series. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can, 2003.  12p.  1-55337-078-3 bd. bk.  $3.95     PreS  

    Stuffed animals are the characters chosen to illustrate all the board books in this series.  The illustrations are representative except for the double-page spread for “The cow jumped over the moon.”  This picture shows a chicken with something not determined sitting on it’s back while it is dancing with a rabbit.  In the background is a very very small sliver of a moon with a white speck on top of it.  Presumably it is a cow because it is large enough to contain five black dots smaller than the size of a pin head.  Pass on this one in favor of two others in the series, JACK AND JILL and LITTLE MISS MUFFET, both Kids Can, 2003.  
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Collins, Heather, illus.  JACK AND JILL.  Traditional Nursery Rhyme Board Books series. 
    Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can, 2003.  12p.  1-55337-075-9 bd. bk.  $3.95     PreS      BB

    Jack and Jill, stuffed toy pigs, are shown describing this familiar nursery rhyme.  The text is well served by the illustrations.  The two best board books in this series are this title and LITTLE MISS MUFFET (Kids Can, 2003).
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Collins, Heather, illus.  LITTLE MISS MUFFET.  Traditional Nursery Rhyme Board Books 
    series.  Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can, 2003.  12p.  1-55337-076-7 bd. bk.  $3.95     PreS

    Little Miss Muffet is a stuffed toy rabbit and the spider is a non-menacing creature wearing several pairs of tennis shoes and a baseball cap on backwards.  When she runs away, the spider and a stuffed toy cow eat the curds and whey.  The text is well served by the illustrations.  The two best board books in this series are this title and JACK AND JILL (Kids Can, 2003).
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Collins, Heather, illus.  PAT-A-CAKE  Traditional Nursery Rhyme Board Books series.     
    Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can, 2003.  12p. 1-55337-077-5 bd. bk. $3.95    PreS    BB

    A large red hen and a little rabbit are the stuffed toys that are the main characters that appear in this nursery rhyme.  The hen touches her wing and one paw of the rabit is seen to illustrate “Pat-a-cake, pat-cake, baker’s man.”   When the rabbit “mark[s] it with B,” it is upside down because readers are not looking over the shoulder of the rabbit which would make the letter could be right-side-up.  These are the two least effective pages in this rhyme.  Pass on this one in favor of two others in the series, JACK AND JILL and LITTLE MISS MUFFET, both Kids Can, 2003.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Collins, Heather. ROCK-A-BYE BABY.  Illus by H. Collins.  Niagara Fallls, NY:  Kids Can, 
    2000. 12p.  1-55074-572-7  bd.bk.   $3.95.   C99-932022-X    PreS      398.8   or    BB

     Sized for little hands, the four books in this series are just right for the youngest child.  The total rhyme of four lines is included in this board book.  The characters are stuffed animals which will appeal to small children.  The last scene, when baby falls, is not scary because all the other animals are there to catch the rabbit.  This series provides good choices for preschool and public library boardbook collections.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

 Collins, Heather. ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT.  Illus by H. Collins. Niagara Fallls, NY: 
     Kids Can, 2000.  12p.  1-55074-570-0 bd.bk. $3.95.     PreS      398.8  or 780       BB

     The chorus of this favorite nursery song is the text of this board book which is sized to the youngest  child.  The characters are stuffed animals and even the moon looks friendly.   A stuffed bear climbs into a cottage bedroom and takes the animals to a rowboat for the "gently down the stream" sequence.  The rowboat takes off into the sky for the "Life is but a dream" sequence.  The book is a "warm fuzzy" and deserves a place in board book collections at home, at preschools, and at public libraries.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

 Collins, Heather.  TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR.  Illus.  by H. Collins. Niagara Falls, NY:  
    Kids Can, 2000.  12p.  1-55074-566-2 bd.bk  $3.95.    PreS     398.8  or  780      BB

    The stuffed animals admire the star in the sky at the beginning of this board book and as the favorite nursery song ends, the animals examine the star at close quarters.  There is no music but it is impossible to read this book aloud without giving in to the temptation to sing the familiar song. Add this small board book to home, preschool, and public library collections.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

 Collins, Heather.  WEE WILLIE WINKIE.  Illus by H. Collins. Niagara Fallls, NY: 
    Kids Can, 2000.  12p.  1-55074-568-9  bd bk. $3.95.   PreS      398.8   or    BB

     In this nursery rhyme board book, Willie is an elephant in baseball cap who raps on the window of the pig family's home.  The tiny board book is tot size and just the right length, the total sentence total is two, the same as the traditional rhyme.   The only difference is that sometimes the rhyme says "crying through the lock" and this version says "peeping" instead of crying.   The four books by Collins deserve to be in board book collections.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

COLORS.  First Discovery, Look-Inside series.  New York: Scholastic Cartwheel, 2001.
    10p.  0-439-29727-3 bd.bk.  $4.95  PreS   BB

    Several of the pages in this board book have die cut openings so that preschoolers can see through to the color on the next page and can review the last color.  The last page shows all six colors of the rainbow.  Several pages are devoted to green but blue and purple share a page that has a flap showing another picture underneath.  One double page spread is a review showing a duck.  The beak and head are identified as yellow and green.  Readers are asked what other colors they see but only black, brown, and white are included in the duck and none of them are mentioned in the book nor are part of the rainbow.  On the opposite page is a green apple with touches of yellow.  Since a previous grapefruit was identified as yellow-orange, perhaps readers are to identify the apple as yellow-green.  This is quite a sophisticated concept for board book readers.  Without looking at the caption, the grapefruit could be mistaken for an orange.  There are too many confusing elements in this book.  There are better board books about color.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Cote, Genevieve. WITH YOU ALWAYS, LITTLE MONDAY. Orlando, Florida: Harcourt, Inc. 
          2007. ISBN: 978-0-15-205997-2 bd.bk.  $16.00.      PreS-K    Board Book

          We don't know why Little Monday became an orphaned baby rabbit, but he was found in the forest on a Monday morning as he searched for his missing mother among the creatures of the woods. There he found friends and companionship. Unsatisfied in his earthly search, he finally looked up and saw his mother outlined in the big, full moon. She assured him that she was always watching over him even when he couldn't see her. Little Monday and his animal friends celebrated his discovery by trying to stay awake that night as long as the moon was above until he fell asleep to the whisper of "Good night, Little Monday."
          This legend could be one of reassurance to a child who has experienced loss. The sweet and gentle illustrations in mixed media were also creations of Genevieve Cote.
          Judy Bennett, Ironwood Carnegie Library, Ironwood, MI

Crews, Donald.  INSIDE FREIGHT TRAIN.  Illus by author.  New York:
    HarperFestival. 2001.  14p.  0-688-17087-0 bd.bk.  $9.95.   BB

    This board book is based on the Caldecott Honor book, FREIGHT TRAIN (Harper, 1978).  The clear color message and the short crisp text of the original picture book would have made this an excellent board book if it were reprinted on boards.  Instead, this gimmicky board book spin-off creates a longer text for the board book set than does the original picture book.  Pages pull apart creating a “sliding board book” that  shows what is inside the freight depot, the engine, four cars, and a caboose.  The engine is old fashioned and the engineer and the five men in the crew in the caboose all wear old-time engineer hats and bib overalls.  The engine is numbered 1999, making readers think that is for the year even if this is not what the author intended.  However, the crew in 1999 would not include that many men nor would they be dressed that way.  The items in the boxcars are shown but do not look as they would in real life.  The toys and books are in colorful boxes, the cattle and other animals would be placed differently, and the fruit, in open bushel baskets, would be flying about.  If simplicity is best, then this book is not for board book collections.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Crews, Donald.  SCHOOL BUS.  Illus by author.  New York: HarperFestival,
    2002.  32p.  0-694-01690-X bd. bk.  $ 6.99    PreS-Gr. 3     BB

    The 1984 successful picture book is now a successful board book.  The text on each double page spread is short and succinct.  In fact, sometimes, although words end with a period, they do not form complete sentences. Examples are “Going this way.” and “Right on time.” and “Home again.”   Use when introducing the color yellow or when preparing children for school.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Deady, Kathleen W.  IT’S TIME.  Illus by Jill Newton.  Growing Tree series,  New York 
    HarperFestival, 2002.  20p.  0-694-01565-2 hb.  $9.95.     PreS-Gr. 2   BB   or   E

    “It’s time!” a farm dog says to a cat.  This announcement is repeated by a pig, hen, cow, sheep, and duck in this pattern book.   They all rush to the barn for the surprise.  Neither story nor illustrations are spectacular; just utilitarian.  This book is a hybrid, a cross between a picture book and a board book.  The length is shorter, the pages are thicker than in a picture book, and the size is larger than a board book but the pages are not as thick or as spill-proof as pages in a board book.  This series provides a good transition between the two formats.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Deegan, Kim.  MY FIRST BOOK OF NUMBERS.  Illus by author.  New York: 
    Bloomsbury, 2001.  1-58234-755-7 bd.bk.  $7.95   16p.  PreS    BB

    This board book begins with a small child rolling a ball toward bowling ball pins and works through a variety of play activities to create one big mess.  The books, blocks, crayons, and puzzles are within the experience of preschoolers.  This is a successful counting board book.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Deegan, Kim.  MY FIRST BOOK OF OPPOSITES.  Illus by author.  1-58234-756-5  
    bd.bk.,  $7.95  New York: Bloomsbury, 2001.  16p.  PreS    BB

    This board book shows a small child engaged in a variety of activities to illustrate ten opposites.  The usual opposites are included beginning with big/small, under/on, out/in and ends with asleep/awake!”  This is a successful board book.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Dijs, Carla.  HALLOWEEN COLORS.  Illus by author.  Turn-the-flap series.  New York:
    Scholastic Cartwheel, 2002.  12p.  0-439-40355-3 bd. bk.  $6.95.    PreS    BB 

    This clever board book is a scary but not too scary Halloween title for preschoolers.   The dozen board book pages show five multicultural children and one father while smaller flaps place masks over their faces to make a black cat, blue pirate, red alien, yellow monster, green dragon, and a white mummy.  The flaps appear sturdy enough for library circulation.   This successful book could be placed in several sections--board book, holiday, or color/concept collections.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

DK Publishing staff.  FIRE ENGINE.  New York: DK, 1998.  12p.
      0-7894-3464-4 bd.bk.   $7.95    PreS    BB

      The attractions of this board book are the long shape of a fire truck, the bright colors, and the puppet-like characters.  Although the text is nothing more than meeting the crew and helping one member celebrate a birthday,  preschoolers learn that women can be fireMEN too because the birthday person is Maggie and half of the crew of four is female.  The characters, Modelmakers from John Wright Modelmaking, The Puppet Factory; are appealing to preschoolers.  FIRE ENGINE adds variety to board book collections.
     Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Ehlert, PLANTING A RAINBOW.  Illus by author.  San Diego: Red Wagon/Harcourt,
    2003.   30p.  0-15-204633-X bd.bk.  $6.95    87-8528    PreS-K   BB

    Ehlert’s colorful picture book translates well to the board book format because the
large print and vibrant colors have been retained.  The staggered shapes of the pages, showing the rainbow of colors, adds interest for readers.  This is an exemplary book about both color and flowers.  This is a first choice for pubic library and day care center board book collections as well as personal giving.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Emberley, Rebecca.  MY COLORS/MIS COLORES.  Boston:  Little, 2000.  20p.
    0-316-23347-1 bd.bk. $5.95.    99-65077     PreS-Gr.1    BB

    Emberley uses textured collages to introduce nine colors although, technically, black and white are not colors.  The left board has the color named in English and Spanish with black letters on a solid background in that color.  The right side includes a shape in that color and the name of that object in English and Spanish:  apple, sun, fish, frog, snail, flower, crow, ice cream, and snowflake.  This series contains all the elements of an excellent board book:  bright colors, distinctive shapes, crisp and interesting concepts, and a bilingual bonus.  Although all of the books in this series are highly recommended, the books on the shapes and colors are the best.   ESL teachers will find many uses for this series with students of all ages.  Purchase for personal, preschool, elementary, and public libraries whether or not there are Spanish speaking preschoolers.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Emberley, Rebecca.  MY NUMBERS/MIS NUMEROS.  Boston:  Little, 2000.
    20p. 0-316-23350-1  bd.bk.  $5.95.    99-65076     PreS-Gr.1     BB

    Emberley has used colorful collages to introduce numbers from 1-10.   The numbers on the left hand page are stylized but recognizable and are labeled with the word for the numeral in English and Spanish.  The object on the right hand page also contains bilingual labels.  All objects, except the hearts, come from nature and include a salamander, strawberries, leaves, carrots, snakes, stars, bumblebees, ladybugs, and butterflies.   It might have been better to have included all fruits and vegetables or all insects and animals.  However, because there is an assortment of items, children can be asked to pick out the two that are food for humans and the three that are insects.
    This series contains many elements of an excellent board book:  bright colors, distinctive items, crisp and interesting illustrations, and a bilingual bonus.   ESL teachers will find many uses for this series with students of all ages.  Purchase for personal, preschool, elementary, and public libraries whether or not there are Spanish speaking preschoolers.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Emberley, Rebecca.  MY SHAPES/MIS FORMAS.  Boston:  Little, 2000.  20p.
    0-316-23355-2 bd.bk.  $5.95.    99-65064     PreS-Gr.1    BB

    Emberley uses colorful collages to introduce nine shapes.   Each distinctive shape is on the left hand page with the name of the shape in English and Spanish.  The shape is used to create an object on the right hand side of the page and the caption is also in English and Spanish.  For example, the triangle becomes the wings of a butterfly and each wing contains two other triangles within the outer triangle wing.  The caption is “wing” and “la ala.”   Sometimes the pictures reinforce previous shapes by incorporating them into the picture.  The kite is made up of one diamond made up of four triangles.  The tail consists of bows made up of two triangles.  The truck is a rectangle but has round wheels.
    This series contains all the elements of an excellent board book:  bright colors, distinctive shapes, crisp and interesting concepts, and a bilingual bonus.  Although all of the books in this series are highly recommended, the books on the shapes and colors are the best.  ESL teachers will find many uses for this series with students of all ages.   Purchase for personal, preschool, elementary, and public libraries whether or not there are Spanish speaking preschoolers.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Emberley, Rebecca.  MY OPPOSITES/MIS OPUESTOS.  Boston:  Little, 2000.  20p.
    0-316-23345-5 bd.bk.  $5.95.    99-65078     PreS-Gr.1    BB

    Emberley has used colorful collages to introduce nine pairs of opposites.  Most of the opposites are easy to understand:  in/out, on/off, and large/small.  Two are more difficult:  plain/fancy and wide/narrow.  For variety, some of the illustrations are double page spreads while some are individual illustrations on opposite pages.
    This series contains all the elements of an excellent board book:  bright colors, distinctive, crisp and interesting concepts with a bilingual bonus.   ESL teachers will find many uses for this series with students of all ages.  Purchase for personal, preschool,  elementary, and public libraries whether or not there are Spanish speaking preschoolers.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Fox, Mem.  TIME FOR BED.  Illus by Jane Dyer.  San Diego, CA:  Red
            Wagon Books.  32p.  ISBN 0-15-205349-2 bb. $9.95   PreS   BB

             The calming, lyrical text combines with colorful illustrations to join a group of animal friends getting ready for bed.  The colors are muted to suggest that it’s late in the day.  This gentle story is especially good for bedtime and naps, or for bringing storytime to a close. 
            Ann Best, Bookmobile Assistant, Menominee County Library

Fuge, Charles.  YIP! SNAP! YAP!  Illus by author.  Berkeley, CA: Tricycle, 2000, 2002,    
    2003.  16p.  1-58246-097-3 bd.bk.  $6.95     2002-111118     BB

    Readers are invited to make doggy noises with eight dogs, like “Hrumph! Zzzzz!, Shew…,” “Scritch! Scratch!, Scruff!,” or “Yip! Snap! Yap!”   There is an adjective in front of each dog such as sleepy, itchy, and yappy.  The book ends with many dogs making noises, “Aroo! Aroo! Aroo!”   The dogs are humorous and the noises are tongue twisters that preschoolers can hopefully turn their tongues around after several readings.  This book was originally published in the UK.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Hampton, Bob.  BOUNCING BUNNIES.  Illus. Lawrie Taylor.  Animal Babies series. Somerset, UK: 
    Emma Books, 1999.  New York:  Scholastic Cartwheel,  2001. 0-439-21955-8 bd.bk.  $4.50.   PreS   BB

    This title and CHIRPING CHICKS (Scholastic, 2001) will make wonderful additions to Easter baskets.  The lifelike qualities of these bunnies and chicks are preferable to real animal gifts for the holidays.   All of the animals in the series, including the puppies and kittens, have pages shaped to match the animals listed in each title and each page is a different size and shape for the individual animals, in this case bunnies.  The rhyme that is unfolded with each page is suitable for preschoolers.   This exceptional board book series should be purchased for home, preschool, and public libraries.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Hampton, Bob. CHIRPING CHICKS.  Illus. Lawrie Taylor.  Animal Babies series. Somerset, UK: 
    Emma Books, 1999.  New York:  Scholastic Cartwheel,  2001.  0-439-21956-6 bd.bk. $4.50.   PreS    BB

This title and BOUNCING BUNNIES (Scholastic, 2001) by Hampton will make wonderful additions to Easter baskets.  The lifelike qualities of the bunnies and chicks are preferable to real animal gifts for the holidays.  All of the animals in the series, including the puppies and kittens, have pages shaped to match the animals listed in each title and each page is a different size and shape for the individual animals.  As readers turn the pages they will find rhymes suitable for preschoolers.   This is an exceptional board book series that should be purchased for home, preschool, and public libraries.  Other titles by Hampton (published by Scholastic in 2001) are CUDDLY KITTENS and PLAYFUL PUPPPIES.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Hampton, Bob. CUDDLY KITTENS.  Illus. Lawrie Taylor.  Animal Babies series. Somerset, UK: 
    Emma Books, 2001. New York:  Scholastic Cartwheel,  2001.  0-439-2194-X bd.bk.  $4.50.   PreS    BB

    All of the animals in this series, including bunnies, chicks, and puppies, have pages shaped to match the animal named in the titles.  The rhymes that are unfolded with each page are suitable for preschoolers.   This attractive board book series should be purchased for home, preschool, and public libraries.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Hampton, Bob. PLAYFUL PUPPIES.  Illus. Lawrie Taylor.  Animal Babies series. Somerset, UK: 
    Emma Books, 1999.  New York:  Scholastic Cartwheel,  2001.  0-439-21953-1 bd.bk.  $4.50.  PreS     BB

    All of the animals in the series, including bunnies, chicks, and kittens, have animal shaped to match the animals in the title.  Each page in this book contains a different size and shape of puppies.   The rhymes that are unfolded with each page are suitable for preschoolers.   This is an exceptional board book series that should be purchased for home, preschool, and public libraries.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Hines, Anna Grossnickle.  WHAT CAN YOU DO IN THE SNOW?  Illus. by Thea Kliros. 
    New York: Greenwillow, 1999. 20p.  0-6880160078-6 bd.bk  $5.95.  PreS-Gr.1     BB

    Eight suggestions for playing in the snow are given in simple sentences with an "understood" subject, a verb, and a direct object except for the last one which is "Slide!" Some suggestions are "Stamp a trail," "Hear the quiet," and  "Throw a snowball."  Different children appear in each double spread and all are Caucasian except for an African American boy and an Asian girl.  The illustrations are descriptive and appealing.  The book will make a useful addition to preschool story hours featuring snow books because it can be used for narrative pantomiming.  After reading the book, the adult leader can ask the children to mime the activities while the book is read a second time.  Children will have to be reminded that, because of space limitations, all activities will have to be mimed while standing up, especially "Swoosh an angel."   Other books in the series are WHAT CAN YOU DO IN THE RAIN?   WHAT AN YOU DO IN THE WIND?  and WHAT CAN YOU DO IN THE SUN?  Use all four books to stimulate discussion of other activities that can be accomplished in various types of weather.   Purchase the books for listening pleasure, beginning reading, or for science enrichment.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Hines-Stephens, Sarah Hines.  BEAN SOUP.  Illus. by Anna Grossnickle Hines.  San Diego: 
    Red Wagon/Harcourt, 2000. 16p.  0-15-202164-7 bd.bk.  $4.95     PreS-K     BB

    Soup is a white dog with one black ear and one black spot and Bean is a black cat.  It is difficult to make an interesting story in a board book and teach children about opposites and friendship  at the same time, but this book does so admirably.  The opposites include on/off; up/down; in/out, and under/over.  This is a book that preschoolers and kindergartners can "read" for themselves.   This is a good book for day care centers, preschools, school and public libraries.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Hines-Sepphens, Sarah.  SOUP TOO!  Illus. by Anna Grossnickle Hines. San Diego: 
    Red Wagon/Harcourt,  2000.  16p. 0-15-202166-3 bd.bk.  $4.95.      PreS-K    BB

     Whatever Baby does, Soup the dog does too.  All activities are within the framework of a child's activities–eating, washing, snuggling.  As in the other books, Bean, the cat, just watches except at the end when it snuggles with Baby and Soup.  The humor in the illustrations helps to create a solid board book for infants and toddlers.   Day care centers, preschools, and public libraries need all the board books in this series.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

 Hines-Sepphens, Sarah.  SOUP'S OOPS!  Illus. by Anna Grossnickle Hines. San Diego:
     Red Wagon/Harcourt, 2000. 16p.  0-15-202165-5 bd.bk.  $4.95.    PreS-K    BB

     A toddler plays on the floor with Bean (cat) and Soup (dog).  The total book is made up of two word sentences which includes subjects (Baby and Soup) and a verb.  The story is within the understanding of the reader because Soup plays, runs, jumps, and eventually bumps over a table and a vase of flowers.  The cat is just an observer.  Finally, a logical solution to the problem emerges--Baby decides they need to play outside.   Day care centers, preschools, and public libraries need all the board books in this series but this one is especially worthy.  It does not seem possible that a board book for infants could contain characterization, action, and a story line that meets the needs of readers but this one does.  Highly recommended.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Hoban, Tana.  CONSTRUCTION ZONE.  Photos by the author.  New York:
    Morrow, 1997.  Tupelo, 1999.  26p.  0-688-16918-X bd.bk. $6.95.  PreS   BB.

    A close-up and a long range photo of a dozen machines such as a backhoe, bulldozer, fork lift, and dump truck complete this colorful board book.  The only captions are the name of the machine.  The last double spread includes a small picture of each machine with information about each one.  This is a book guaranteed to interest and encourage the mechanically minded toddler. Don't pass up this board book.
     Mary Ann Paulin; Director,  Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Hoberman, Mary Ann.  MISS MARY MACK.  Illus by Nadine Bernard Westcott.
    Boston:  Little, 1998.  24p.  0-316-36642-0 bd. bk.  $5.95.   PreS    BB  or 398.8

    Hoberman and Westcott's hand clapping picture book is now available in board book format and has transferred to the new format without missing a beat.  Consider this title for board book collections in preschools, home and public libraries.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Holub, Joan.  TURKEYS NEVER GOBBLE!  Illus by Jennifer Beck Harris.  New York:    
    HarperFestival, 2002.  22p.  0-06-008091-4 bd.bk.  $5.99   PreS-Gr. 2  BB

    The animals who gather together for Thanksgiving dinner have their best manners with them and all goes well until Moose spills soup on Tiger’s tail and a food fight ensures.  This humorous board book will be popular at Thanksgiving time and throughout the year.  The animals are alligators, moose, hippos, monkeys, tigers, foxes, rhinos, porcupines, yaks, warthogs, turkeys, and grizzly bears.  This is a good choice for board book collections.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan
 
Inkpen, Mick.  KIPPER'S BATHTIME.  Illus. by author.  Press Out and Play. San Diego:
     Red Wagon/Harcourt, 1999.  12p.  0-15-202694-0 bd.bk.  $7.95.    PreS.  BB

     The first two pages include 5 press-out items that children are to place in the same shaped holes later in the book like putting pieces in a puzzle.  Items are bubble bath, yellow duck, sponge, shower head, and towel.  All of the questions ask for these items by name except for the shower head.  In that case readers are asked to help Kippper wash the shampoo out of his eye.  It would have been better if all the questions had been parallel, in this case all asking for a specific noun.  This problem aside, this is a good puzzle book for preschoolers who enjoy watching Kipper on Nick Jr.  Books in this series are better for home use because once the pieces are disengaged, they tend to fall out.  On solution is to put velcro behind the pieces to keep them from falling out,  keep the books in a puzzle corner, or circulate them in plastic bags to keep the pieces together. Other books in the series are KIPPER'S BEDTIME, KIPPER'S PLAYTIME, AND KIPPER'S SNACKTIME.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Inkpen, Mick.  KIPPER'S BOOK OF COLORS.  San Diego:  Red Wagon/Harcourt, 1999.
    20p.  0-15-202285-6 bd.bk.  $4.95   0-15–2000647-8; pb., $6.00   PreS-K    BB

    Ten colors are introduced with humor by Kipper, a dog.  The colors are true except for orange which looks almost the same color as Kipper who is included on the brown page.  The only text is the name of the color but there is plenty to discuss about the pictures.   This is a great board book for children ages 1-3 years old.
     Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

 Inkpen, Mick.  KIPPER'S BOOK OF NUMBERS.  San Diego:  Red Wagon/Harcourt, 
    1999.  20p.  0-15-202286-4  bd.bk. $4.95   0-15-200646-X pb. $6.00    PreS-K   BB

    This board book moves from one Kipper, two hedgehogs to 9 snails and 10 friends (other dogs.) The creatures are easy for toddlers to count and Kipper's expressions are priceless.  Add this to board book collections in day care centers, public libraries, and home collections.
    Mary Ann Paulin;  Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Inkpen, Mick.  KIPPER'S BOOK OF OPPOSITES.  San Diego:  Red Wagon/Harcourt, 
    1999.  16p.  0-15-202297-X  bd.bk. $4.95  0-15-200668-0 pb. $6.00   PreS-K    BB

    Eight pair of opposites are introduced by Kipper, the dog seen on Nick Jr./Nickelodeon.  The concepts are clear and even humorous. Kipper has a new ball to portray new and a pile of balls that are deflated to represent old.  The ball that was in the picture to show new is in Kipper's mouth and some of the air is already out of it.  Children ages 1-3 will find  the illustrations understandable and funny. Add this board book to personal, day care, and public library board book collections.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Inkpen, Mick.  KIPPER’S KITE.  Illus by the author.  Touch and Feel series.  San Diego: 
    Harcourt/Red Wagon, 2002.  10p.  0-15-216607-6 bd.bk.  $7.95      PreS   BB

    Preschoolers will love to touch the ribbed scarf, shiny kite, scrunchy leaves, and the fluffy cloud.  Fans of the PBS star will enjoy this book.  
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

 Inkpen, Mick.  KIPPER’S SURPRISE.  Illus by the author.  Touch and Feel series. 
    San Diego:  Harcourt/Red Wagon, 2002.  10p.  0-15-216615-7 bd.bk.  $7.95    PreS   BB

    Each double-page spread includes a question about where Kipper is going.  Readers get to touch the grass, beach sand, horse’s nose at the farm, and sailboat at the pond until they fiund out where Kipper is going.  Although suitable for library use, it would make a better home library addition. 
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Jamieson, Victoria.  BEA ROCKS THE FLOCK. Illus. by author.  New York:
          Bloomsbury U.S.A., 2009.  32p. ISBN: 978-1-59990-260-9  PreS-Gr. 2  BB

          A lesson in individuality, Jamieson's story of the unique sheep Bea, is an entertaining tale with a lesson in BEEEEEEing yourself and appreciating the extraordinary differences in others. The bright blend of pastel and bright acrylics perfectly depicts the mood on each page.  Many laughs will be elicited by the items in Bea's backpack and her entry into a New York dog show dyed pink, sporting a poodle-style haircut. A good entry to a discussion on the differences in people and the acceptance of those differences.
          Barb Ward, Children's Librarian, Retired, Dickinson County Library

Jeunesse, Gallimard.  WHAT DO ANIMALS EAT?  Look-It-Up Board Books series.  New York:  
    Scholastic Cartwheel, 2001. 14p.  0-439-35591-5 bd.bk.  $4.95     PreS      BB

    Seven animals are included in this book and children can reach them by index tabs at the right side of the book.  Adults can use the tabs to teach animal recognition to children by asking them to find the squirrel, wolf, kingfisher, rabbit, domestic cat, mouse, and chimpanzee.  Two or three sentences are included for each animal.  The series was originally published in France.  The illustrations are lifelike and expressive.  The words herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore are very ambitious vocabulary words for board books but the concepts are handled well.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Juenesse, Gallimard and Sylvia Peyrols.  ANIMAL HOMES. Illus by Sylvia Peyrols.
    First Discovery, Look-It-Up Board Books series.  New York: Scholastic Cartwheel,
    2001. 14p.  0-439-29724-9 bd.bk.  $4.95    PreS     BB

    The series was originally published in France.  The illustrations are lifelike and expressive.  Seven animal homes are included in this book and children can reach them by index tabs at the right side of the book.  Adults can use the tabs to teach animal recognition.  Ask children to find the rabbit, bird, ant, squirrel, polar bear, beaver, and turtle using those tabs. The reward will be a double-page spread showing the homes of the animals.  Besides identifying the name of the home; i.e., tunnels and holes called burrows, nests, lodges, etc.  Other information is included, sometimes it relates to the home and sometime it does not--information on the rabbit pages is given for what they eat and how many babies they have.  Usually, in a book this short, information is limited and parallel.  Although the extra information is not parallel, this is still a board book worth owning by public libraries and board books.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Juenesse, Gallimard and Ute Fuhr.  BABY ANIMALS IN THE WILD.
    Illus by Raoul Sautai.  First Discovery, Look-It-Up Board Books series.  New York:
    Scholastic Cartwheel, 2001.  14p.  0-439-29722-2 bd.bk.  $4.95   PreS   BB

    Seven wild baby animals are included in this book and children can reach them by index tabs at the right side of the book.  Adults can use the tabs to teach animal recognition.  Ask children to find the zebra, crocodile, bear, eagle, dolphin, lion, and goose using those tabs.  The reward will be a double-page spread showing babies and their mothers.  Fathers are included for eagles and lions.  Information on all babies gives their name; i.e., foal, hatchling, cub, etc.  Two or three sentences are included for each animal.  The series was originally published in France.  The illustrations are lifelike and expressive.  This is the best book in this series.  Purchase for preschool and public library collections.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Jones, Lara.  I LOVE HUGS.  Illus by author.  New York: Scholastic, 2001. 
    14p.   0-439-36767-0    PreS   BB

    A child begins by saying “I love hugs” and then tells about others who like hugs.  Each hug is special, the teddy bear loves bear hugs and the baby brother needs a make-it-better hug.  Others who get hugs are cat, a best friend, and a baby brother’s birthday hug.  The book concludes with time-to-go-home and bedtime hugs.  The child is dressed in unisex clothing but the hair could possibly belong to boy although the pants might be leggings on a girl.   There are other books about hugs but this one describes special kinds of hugs in an age appropriate manner.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Joyce,   William.  DINOSAUR BOB.     Illus by the author.  New York:
     HarperFestival,1998.  24p.  0-694-01178-9 bd.bk.   $6.95      BB

     DINOSAUR BOB is an unsuitable adaptation to board book format of Joyce's successful picture book DINOSAUR BOB AND HIS ADVENTURES WITH THE FAMILY LAZARDO.  The text is too complex and far-fetched for infants and toddlers to absorb.  The pen and ink drawings are done to evoke the 1930's era, but the detail is lost in the small page format.  The washed colors will not captivate the attention of the traditional board book reader.    Not recommended for purchase for preschool board book collections.
     Pamela R. Christensen; Director, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Joyce, William.  SANTA CALLS.  Illus. by the author.  New York:  HarperCollins, 1998.
      unp.  0-06-9400841-9 bd.bk.  $5.95   92-52691    PreS   BB

      This board book would make a great stocking stuffer for anyone looking for a yuletide/Santa theme.  Joyce's picture book  is a bit wordy for its intended audience, but it won't keep them from flipping the hard pages back and forth in search of the bearded gent.  Joyce uses soft pastel colors to portray the dreams of a child while darker colors appear when the Dark Elves snatch Esther out of Santa's sleigh.  Some readers may object to the good versus evil theme in relation to Sant and Christmas, but good old Santa makes everything right just in the "Saint Nick of time."
     Patricia Fittante, Children's Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Kirk, David.  MISS SPIDER'S ABC.  Illus. by the author.  New York: Scholastic, 2000.
     30p.  0-439-13747-0 bd. bk.   $8.95.  99-71214   PreS-K     BB

     Fans of Miss Spider will enjoy this colorful alphabet book.  All captions include only words that begin with the same letter; "Ants await," "Bumblebees blow balloons," and "yellow jackets yield."  The only exceptions include "make an X" and "to the zebra butterfly."  Because of the surprise message at the end, the book makes an excellent birthday present.  Only cardinal letters are included and each letter has a curlicue on the top left of each letter.  This is an excellent addition for a board book collection for home,  preschool, school,  and public libraries.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

 Krauss, Ruth.  YOU’RE JUST WHAT I NEED.  Illus by Julia Noonan.  New York:  
    Harper Festival, 1999.    0-694-01304-8 bd. bk.  $6.95    PreS     BB

    A child under a blanket causes a mother to question what it might be, including a bundle of laundry she might not need.  The mother touches a curl and thinks it might be a mop, the curls seen with the full head of the child at the end make the child look like a girl but because the child is so young, it could also be a boy.  The story is superb and deserves to be in every home and public library whether in picture book or board book format, especially the former.
    There is a lot of text in this story for a traditional board book but the subject matter is definitely within the range of preschoolers.   The advantage of having this book in board book format is the small size and sturdy pages that make this book good for reading in a car or a bedroom.  Shown up close and personal, the illustrations work in the smaller format.   This book works better than most wordy picture books that have been turned into board books.  Consider it for the board book collection.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Leonard, Marcia.  FAVORITE COLORS.  Photos by Dorothy Handelman. New York:  
Harper Festival, 2001. 16p.  Hanna book series.  0-694-01370-6 hb.  $7.95   PreS-K    E

    Although this is technically not a board book, it will appeal to the same readers.  The pages are laminated to protect them from spills and are stiff enough for young fingers to turn.  The first rhyme shows a little girl with balloons who asks what color readers like best.  Then six light-skinned but ethnically diverse, well scrubbed children give their answers.  Some of the colors worn by the children match the color they have chosen and the objects from the rhyme appear in crisp colors that children can easily identify.  The book is even more interactive because two questions appear at the end of each color, “What else is [color]?” and “What isn’t [color]?”  If the children’s clothing makes them look like fashion models, then check the back of the book to see that they are probably from Hanna Andersson’s children’s clothing company.  Purchase if you don’t mind a good book about colors that hawks advertising to parents.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

London, Jonathan.  WHAT DO YOU LOVE?  Illus. by Karen Lee Schmidt.  New York:  
    Red Wagon Books, 2004.  0-15-205054-X bd. bk.  $6.95.    PreS-K    BB

    London's simple text covers all the essentials necessary for a child who loves being with his parents.  It's also heartwarming experience for adults who love to spend time with their small children.  The illustrations depict canines as a nuclear family doing the things that any child would enjoy.  This book makes readers smile!  It's great for families and preschools.
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Manning, Jane, illus.   MY FIRST BABY GAMES.  New York:  HarperFestival, 2001.
    14p.  Harper Growing Tree series.   0-694-01435-4 bd.bk.  $5.95.   PreS-K    BB

    Seven nursery rhymes with instructions in italics for making them into fingerplays and action games include "This Little Piggy," "Pat-a-Cake,"  "Eye Winker, Tom Tinker," and  more.  The illustrations, while not distinguished, are adequate and are sexually and racially balanced.  This is a durable family game book and a companion to MY FIRST SONGS. (Harper, 1998).
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Manning, Jane, illus.  WHO STOLE THE COOKIES FROM THE COOKIE JAR?
    New York: HarperFestival, 2001. 12p.  ISBN 0-694-01515-6 bd.bk  $7.95   PreS   BB

    Although the pages are not as thick as most board books, the pages are much thicker than regular picture books.  This thickness, the small size, and the topic make this book a candidate for the board book section of libraries in day care centers, preschools, and public libraries.  Because the game is so much fun, the book is suitable for kindergartners also.  There are no directions for when to clap along with the story but most people who work with children in various institutions already know the score.  The appealing animals that appear in the text and pictures are dog, cat, mouse, bunny, and piggy.  This is also a good book for personal giving.  Use this for a youonger age that Lass and Sturges’ WHO STOLE THE COOKIES FROM THE COOKIE JAR? (Little, 2000).  The collection has room for both books.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Marzollo, Jean.  I SPY: LITTLE BUNNIES.  Photos by Walter Wick.  New York:
    Scholastic Cartwheel, 2001.   26p. 0-439-22158-7 bd. bk. $6.99.    PreS    BB

    According to the back of this board book, the photos were taken from six other books in the popular I spy series.   All of the photos feature rabbits, making it a welcome addition to Easter baskets.  The rhymes appear to be new.  Some of the bunnies may be too subtle for preschoolers to find but public libraries with large board book budgets will want this for their collections and fans of the “I Spy” series will purchase the book for home libraries.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Marzollo, Jean.  I SPY: LITTLE LETTERS.  Photos by Walter Wick.  New York:
    Scholastic Cartwheel, 2000.  28p.  0-439-11496-9 bd.bk.  $6.99   PreS-K     BB

     This rhyming board book is an age appropriate alphabet book for preschoolers.  Two colorful cardinal letters are surrounded by items beginning with the letters.  The exceptions are A which has a page of its own and XYZ which are together.   Each letter's design is a word beginning with that letter.  The rhyme, which includes a picture of the letters, explains  the picture on each letter and provides a word to match the picture.  The words matching the picture elevate the age level of this board book past preschool age.   Most of the pictures are easy to identify except for the eraser and glitter.  This colorful informative board book is an essential purchase for  home, preschool, school, and public libraries.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

McGrath, Barbara Barbieri.  BE MY VALENTINE BOOK.  Illus by Frank Mazola, Jr.
    New York:  HarperFestival, 2000.  12p.  0-694-01534-2 bd. bk  $5.99  PreS+   BB

    The style of the illustrations isn’t particularly distinguished but serves the purpose because preschool readers will have no trouble identifying the cats, rabbits, and other animals in the pictures.  Each double page spread shows an adult animal hugging a baby while other babies look on or appear in the background.  The text for each spread is confined within two candy hearts by NECCO called Sweethearts.  The captions for the hearts on the hound dog page are “Let’s Kiss” and “Like this.”  The colors of the candy are typical  of the famous product.   The book is a bit larger than board book size and the illustrations and text are large enough for this book to be used with smaller story hours.   Librarians will have no trouble finding appropriate treats to share.  The back cover has lines for “To” and  “From,” making this a natural for personal giving.  Grandparents would be advised to send this board book instead of the candy.  Add this to the growing number of books that promote candy or cereal if commercialization doesn’t bother you.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

McNaughton, Colin.  LITTLE BOO!  Preston Pig Toddler series. San Diego:  Red Wagon/Houghton, 
    2000.  16p.  0-15-202671-1 bd. bk.  $5.95.   99-67827  PreS   BB   PAULIN’S PICKS

    McNaughton has provided a perfect board book for preschoolers from one to three years old-- scary, but not too scary because Preston Pig also gets to scare Mr. Wolf.   Every home, preschool, and public library need this board book.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

McNaughton, Colin. LITTLE SUDDENLY!  Preston Pig Toddler series. San Diego:  Red Wagon/Houghton, 
     2000.  16p.     0-15-202531-6 bd. bk.  $5.95.  99-67828    PreS    BB

    Although this is an excellent board book, if you can only purchase one, choose McNaughton’s LITTLE BOO! instead of this one for preschoolers because this one shows Preston walking home from school alone which would not be the experience of preschoolers.   If you can afford to buy both, do so.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

McNaughton.  SHH! (DON'T TELL MR. WOLF!)  A Preston Pig Lift-the-Flap Book Series.  
     San Diego: Red Wagon/Harcourt, 1999.   20p.  0-15-202341-0 hb.  $9.95.   PreS      BB

     The pages are not as stiff as a board book but they are substantial enough to support the
lift-the-flap concept.  The flaps themselves should hold up under library circulation which is not often the case for this format.  This book an excellent representative for this format.  It is scary, but not too scary for the readership.  The wolf says "I'm coming to get you!"  The questions ask readers if Preston Pig is in the shower, behind a bush, in school; eight places in all.  When readers lift the flap, they find members of Preston's family, neighbors, or community helpers like the grocer and teacher.   Two of the places have more than one flap to open.  One has two side by side but the last box has three flaps to open to get inside in the box where readers encounter a surprise.  The giggle from Preston on the outside of the first box is a clue to children that Preston is inside.  This title will be great for home, day care, and public libraries.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

 Melmed, Laura Krauss.  I LOVE YOU AS MUCH.  Illus by Henri Sorensen. New York:  
    HarperFestival, 1993, 2002.  20p.  0-06-001011-8 ovsz bd.bk. $12.95    PreS-Gr. 1   BB

    First published as a picture book in 1993 and as a board book in 1998, this lap-sized edition provides illustrations large enough for parents and small children in a lap-sit program at a public library or a story hour audience at a preschool.  Other lap editions are suitable for circulating libraries for the blind collections but this one is not as powerful for that purpose because some of the text is not as readable.  The first double page spread has white letters against a green tree background that is not easy for sight-impaired people to read even though the print is large.  The next page is an improvement because the large black text is against a very light background.  Subsequent black text is against bright solid backgrounds, mostly sky are eminently readable until the last page that reverts to white text.  Because this white text is against a peach background, the white is easier to read than when it was against the shades of green background.  Even with these two pages, the book will be welcomed by sight impaired persons who want to read it to infants and preschoolers.
    There are two sentences on each double page spread and all of them are parallel; "Said the mother horse (bear, camel, goose, sheep, mouse, goat, and whale) to her child."  I love you as much as..."   In each case, whatever the mother loves the child is relevant to the animal.  In the whale example, she loves her offspring "as much as the ocean is deep."  Besides the reassurance of a mother's love, children learn about animals and their habitats as an added bonus.  The pattern is broken for the last two sentences when the mother reassures her human child at bedtime.  Libraries needing this book for the purposes mentioned and dutifully noting the limitations will purchase this edition.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

McQuade, Jacqueline.  TOUCH THE KITTY.  Illus by author.  New York:  Scholastic 
    Cartwheel, 2002.  10p.  0-439-33942-1 bd.bk. $6.99.     PreS     BB    

    This study board book has a nose on the front cover that can be touched. Within the book there are other things to touch: a tongue, paw pads, a rubber ball, and a woven basket.   The touch pads are recessed and exceedingly well captured within the thick pages so they won’t come out with constant use at home, in public libraries, or day care centers.  The only problem might be keeping the fur clean.  The expressions on the yellow tiger cat are very expressive.  This is an early way to learn about the sense of touch.  Don’t miss this board book!
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Minarik,  Wlse Holmelund.  FATHER‘S FLYING FLAPJACKS.   Illus. by David T. 
    Wenzel.  Maurice Sendak’s Little Bear series.  New York: HarperFestival, 2002.  14p.
    0-694-01687-X bd. bk.  $5.99   PreS    BB

    Little Bear and Father Bear make flapjacks to surprise Mother Bear.  Flour flies all over, an egg is dropped on the floor, and a flapjack is flipped on the floor.  Mother is surprised and pleased.  There isn’t much to the story but mothers might appreciate reading this in May for Mother’s Day.  The disappointing news is that illustrations are Sendak-like but are not quite the same as the original pictures of Little Bear.  This story is not as good as some of the stories in the easy readers about Little Bear and these copycat stories in board book format are not as exciting as the original stories.  Without Sendak’s illustrations, these books are like a cheeseburger without the cheese.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Minarik, Else Homelund.  LITTLE BEAR MAKES A SCARECROW.  Illus by
    David T. Wenzel.  Maurice Sendak’s Little Bear series.  New York: HarperFestival, 2002.
    14p.    0-694-01686-1 bd.bk.  $5.99   2002-100406    PreS    BB

    When his scarecrow blows away, Little Bear’s mother dresses him like a scarecrow.  After scaring the crows away, Little Bear decides to share food with them. Although the book promotes sharing, it doesn’t address the reason for having a scarecrow in a garden in the first place.  Preschoolers who don’t know about Sendak’s original illustrations will find this book charming and funny.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Minarik, Else Homelund.  LITTLE BEAR’S SCARY NIGHT.  Illus by David T. Wenzel.
    Maurice Sendak’s Little Bear series.  New York: HarperFestival, 2002.  14p.
    0-694-01685-3 bd.bk.  $5.99   2002-100407  PreS  BB

    Little Bear plans to meet his parents at the Halloween bonfire.  On the way he is scared by an owl, duck, and later his parents who have taken a shortcut.  There isn’t much action and preschoolers may or may not be relieved that no goblins were encountered.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Minarik,  Wlse Holmelund.  TO GRANDMOTHER’S HOUSE.  Illus. By David T. Wenzel. 
    Maurice Sendak’s Little Bear series.  New York: HarperFestival,  2002.  14p.   
    0-694-01688-8 bd. bk.  $5.99   PreS    BB

    Little Bear puts soup, cookies, and a jar of jam in his wagon to take to his grandparents’ house.  He added sweet smelling pine boughs to his wagon.  On the way he shared his food with a duck, cat, and hen.  When he got to his grandparents’ home, they were pleased with the gift of pine bows.   The illustrations are Sendak-like but are not quite the same as the original pictures of Little Bear.  This story is not as good as some of the stories in the easy readers about Little Bear so these copycat stories in board book format are not as exciting as the original stories.  Without Sendak’s illustrations, these books are like a cheeseburger without the cheese.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Most, Bernard.  ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR GOAT. San Diego:  Harcourt/Red Wagon, 
    1998.  unp.  0-15-201250-8 bd.bk.  $5.95.  97-33043    PreS    782.42 or BB.   

    This parody of the song, "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" makes an excellent board book. Instead of the word "boat,"Most has used "goat" and the double spread shows a boy in a rowboat with a goat.  The next pages substitute cow, pig, duck, horse, sheep and, hen for boat. As each animal is added, the boat stretches into the double spread until we see a girl in the back of the boat.  Readers will be charmed by the humorous illustrations of the animals. Children will love to sing along with the adults who share this story.   Teachers and librarians can use the song to introduce farm animals. Consider telling this story as a flannel board story presentation.  Very few picture books work as a board book and a big book but the publishers should consider publishing this one as a big book.  All the elements ( clear and simple illustrations, brief text,  rhythm, participation prospects, and humor)  are here for a great board book.
     Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Munsinger, Jane, illus.  THE EENSY WEENSY SPIDER: A POP-UP BOOK. New York: 
    HarperFestival, 2002.  10p.  0-694-01684-5 pb.  $7.99   PreS-K     BB   or   780

    The pages are stiffer than regular paper but not as stiff as board book stock for this pop-up book.  Although lyrics and not music are included for this familiar finger play/song, children will wish to sing along.  In two of the double-spreads, the pop-ups bloom naturally.  In the rest of the pages, someone will have to pull a tab or lift a flap that is not obvious the first time around.   The tabs and pop-ups are sturdy.  Although the size is small, librarians may be interested in sharing this during small-group story times so that the audience can enjoy the pop-ups.  This is also a great gift book.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

MY FIRST REAL MOTHER GOOSE BEDTIME BOOK.  New York:
    Scholastic Cartwheel, 2002.  20p.  0-439-34032-2 bd.bk.  $7.99.  PreS   BB

    This not exactly a board book but the pages are stiffer than regular paper but not as stiff as a board book; pages are spill-proof like a board book.   The ten rhymes all have a bedtime theme and many of them are not well known.  The front cover with the signature black and white checkerboard frame by Blanche Fisher Wright is similar to her cover on MY FIRST REAL MOTHER GOOSE (Scholastic, 2000) and earlier editions  from many years past.  This is a good introduction to Wright’s classic rendition of nursery rhymes.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

MY SURPRISE TOOLBOX.  New York: Scholastic Cartwheel, 2002.  ISBN 
    0-439-28861-4 bd.bk.  $10.95    PreS-K   BB

    Shaped like a toolbox compete with a handle, this board book contains 50 tools under various flaps.  The labels for the objects are on the back of the flaps.  Four double page spreads show families engaging in projects and the tools that are under the flaps help with those projects.  The last double-page spread is a toolbox with a variety of tools.  The idea is excellent but the illustrations of the people are not realistic and the attempt at racial diversity misses the mark.  This is a good idea that was not executed well.  The Home Depot insignia on the front cover makes this a blatant advertisement. 
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Numeroff, Laura. THE BEST MOUSE COOKIE.   Illus by Felicia Bond.  New York:
     Laura Geringer/Harper Festival, 1999.  unp.   0-694-01270-X bd.bk.  $6.95.   BB

     As usual Bond's illustrations of Numeroff's famous mouse provide another element to the text.  As mouse bakes his cookies, he wears an apron with "I'm the BOSS" on it to provide the adults some extra fun which they will need because they will be reading this board book again and again.  Throughout the story, a human boy peeks into mouse's tree home and the last page provides the theme for the book, "...but the best cookie is the one you share with a friend." This is a successful board book because it not a whole picture book transferred to board book format but rather it has been adapted from 10 EASY TO MAKE COOKIE RECIPES.  Perhaps other editors of board books should take a lesson from this and not turn successful picture books into unsuccessful board books.
     Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

O’Mara, Carmel.  GOOD MORNING.  San Diego:  Red Wagon/Harcourt, 2001.
     16p.  0-15-202135-3 bd. bk.  $3.95.  98-89365   PreS   BB

    Although the size of the four board books in this series is smaller and the pages are thinner than many board books, these titles more than make up for this with their spirit and heart.  A little bear wakes up in bed with a smile, tickle, giggle, hug, and kiss.  Would that each human child should be as lucky as this little bear.   All four are highly recommended for day care, home, and public library collections.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

O’Mara, Carmel.  GOOD NIGHT.  San Diego:  Red Wagon/Harcourt, 2001.
    16p.  0-15-202136-1 bd. bk.  $3.95.  98-89366   PreS   BB

    This bedtime board book is particularly satisfying as a parent prepares a little bear for bed.  The narration consists of one or several words per page.  The book begins with a yawn and includes a bath, a bedtime story, and sweet dreams.  Young readers will identify with this anthropomorphic bear.  Highly recommended for day care, home, and public library collections.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

O’Mara, Carmel.  RAINEY DAY.  San Diego:  Red Wagon/Harcourt, 2001.
    16p.  0-15-201934-0 bd. bk.  $3.95.  99-90378   PreS   BB

    A bear family of four engages in a variety of activities that include splashing, cuddling, and pretending.  The picture of the adult and child bears reading together in a cozy box is especially engaging.  Readers can also learn a little age appropriate science about weather.  Pastel watercolors provide the finishing touch.  Highly recommended for day care, home, and public library collections.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

O’Mara, Carmel.  SUNNY DAY.  San Diego:  Red Wagon/Harcourt, 2001.
    16p.  0-15-202066-7 bd. bk.  $3.95.  98-89365   PreS   BB

    An anthropomorphic bear and two cubs go on a picnic.  The mother reads under a tree while the cubs listen to nature, frolic, and imagine.  Nothing happens in the story and everything happens in the story.   The warm fuzzy feeling invoked by these board books is not just because the characters are bears.  All the books in this series are a delight and will bring sunshine to day care, home, and public library collections.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

OPPOSITES.  First Discovery, Look-Inside series.  New York: Scholastic Cartwheel, 2001.
    10p.  0-439-35592-3 bd.bk.  $4.95  PreS   BB

    Opposites are revealed by lifting the flaps in this board book.  A boy holds a gift in front of him. When the flap is opened he is holding it behind him.  A child crawls under a chair.  When the flap is lifted, the child is sitting “above--on it.”   There is one questionable set of opposites that could prove dangerous to a preschooler.  A child climbs up to the third and top rung of a stepladder to show top and bottom.  Nevertheless the ten opposites are shown by cleverly using lift-the-flaps.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

OUT AND ABOUT.  Melissa Farley, editor.  Illus. by Mandy Stanley.  Boston: 
    Kingfisher, 2003.  unp.  0-7534-5679-6  bd.bk.  $3.95   Preschool   BB

    These board books introduce toddlers to reading with one bold image on each page, accompanied by its corresponding word.  The books are written with themes in mind and are titled appropriately, AT THE BEACH, AT THE ZOO, BUSY BUGS, OUT AND ABOUT, PLAYTIME, and SHOPPING .  They are very basic concept books which could also be used to build vocabulary in the preschool population. 
    Lynette Suckow,  Peter White Public Library

Parr, Todd.  BIG AND LITTLE.  Illus by author.  Boston:  Little, 2001.  14p.
    0-316-69291-3 bd. bk.  $4.95.  00-105317   PreS   BB

    This small size board book introduces the concept of big and little to preschoolers.  The first two pages show a big truck and a little tricycle.  The truck looks more like a wagon that the truck.  The next twelve pages range from a big elephant and a little ant to a big mommy and little baby.  Hopefully, mommy will not take the size difference personally and enjoy this book as much as her preschooler does.  The child-like illustrations, bright colors, and simple concept make this an age appropriate board book.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Parr, Todd.  BLACK AND WHITE.  Illus by author.  Boston:  Little, 2001.  14p.
    0-316-69225-5 bd. bk.  $4.95.  00-105316   PreS   BB

    This small size board book introduces two colors, black and white, to preschoolers.  The first two pages show a black cat and a white mouse.  The next ten pages show related items.  The last pages show a black and white zebra and a penguin.  The child-like illustrations, bright colors, and simple concept make this an age appropriate board book.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

 Peek, Merle, Illus.  ROLL OVER !  A COUNTING SONG.  New York: Houghton Mifflin,
     1981. 24p.  0-395-98037-2  bd.bk.  $5.95    80-16675   PreS-K    398.8    or    BB

     This favorite counting song translates well to board book format.  The song begins with ten; 9 animals are in the bed with a child.  As the song unfolds, the numbers go down until the child is alone at the end.  Music and lyrics appear on the last two pages. This is a solid purchase for preschools, public libraries, and home libraries.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Pilkey, Dav.  BIG DOG AND LITTLE DOG: WEARING SWEATERS.
     Illus by the author.  Big Dog and Little Dog Series.  San Diego:  Harcourt, 1998. unp
     0-15-200361-4 bd.bk.  $4.95.    95-03918       PreS      BB

     This appealing look at friendship contains large, uncomplicated illustrations in bright primary colors which could stand alone and are its main attraction.  Only one or two short lines of text on each page tell a simple and predictable story:  Little Dog helps Big Dog find a sweater of his own.  One of a series of Big Dog and Little Dog books.  This warm and comfortable book makes a nice addition to a board book collection.
     Lynn Dragoo; Library Assistant, Spies Public Library, Menominee, MI

PLAYTIME.  Melissa Farley, editor.  Illus. by Mandy Stanley.  Boston:  Kingfisher, 2003. 
    unp.  0-7534-5680-X  bd.bk.   $3.95   Preschool   BB

    These board books introduce toddlers to reading with one bold image on each page, accompanied by its corresponding word.  The books are written with themes in mind and are titled appropriately, AT THE BEACH, AT THE ZOO, BUSY BUGS, OUT AND ABOUT, PLAYTIME, and SHOPPING .  They are very basic concept books which could also be used to build vocabulary in the preschool population. 
Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Pomerantz, Charlotte.  WHERE’S THE BEAR?  Illus by Byron Barton.  New York:
    Greenwillow/HarperFestival, 1984, 2003.  32p.  0-06-008820-6 bd.bk.  $6.99    PreS-K     BB 

    There are only five words in this board book and two of them are not in the title. Barton has always been able to get to the heart of any matter and he is able to make a complete story by illustrating these few words.  This picture book translates well into board book format. 
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Prelutsky, Jack.  HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN.  Illus by Dan Yaccarino.  New York:
    HarperFestival, 2002.  18p.  0-06-000512-2 bd.bk.     2001-092499     BB

    This Halloween board book is not too scary until the end when the ghost on the double-page spread says “Boo!”  The text, originally published as a poem called “Countdown,” was published in a book by Prelutsky called IT’S HALLOWEEN (Greenwillow, 1997).  This counting poem makes an age appropriate board book to help preschoolers count down from ten ghosts who reside in a variety of places like the attic or kitchen to only one ghost.  Although this is a Halloween poem, it could be placed with board books because ghosts are popular all year long.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Rey, H. A., illus. CURIOUS GEORGE AND THE ROCKET.  Boston:  Houghton,
    2001.  26p.  0-618-12069-6- l bd. bk.  $5.95.  00-134571    PreS    BB

    In the picture book, CURIOUS GEORGE GETS A MEDAL (Houghton, 1957), George goes to a museum and wrecks a dinosaur exhibit.  The museum workers assume he has escaped from the zoo and want to return him there.  Just at that moment the man with the yellow hat comes in with a letter asking him to go up in a rocket.   All this happens in the first 37 pages of the original book.  The illustrations for this board book have been taken from pages 38-47 of the original book but the text has been reworked to provide a simpler story that is more suitable to board book listeners. Libraries with readers who can’t wait for the real thing can purchase this book which provides a good introduction to the famous monkey.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Rey, H. A., illus. CURIOUS GEORGE RIDES.   Boston:   Houghton, 2001.
    26p.  0-618-12075-0 bd. bk.  $5.95.  00-134563  PreS  BB

    At first glance, this board book appears to be adapted from CURIOUS GEORGE RIDES A BIKE (Houghton, 1952, 1980) because of the title and the picture on the front cover that shows George riding a bike.  However, the illustrations have been “borrowed” from other books about the curious monkey.  Although only dates are listed on the back cover, some of the illustrations are easily recognized as coming from CURIOUS GEORGE FLIES A KITE (Houghton, 1973) and CURIOUS GEORGE GOES TO THE CIRCUS (Houghton, 1984).   If readers can’t wait for those books, then this is a good introduction to the series because the last page says “…he [George] rides in the little blue car with his friend, the man with the yellow hat.”  The last page shows them driving off together and says “Good-bye George!
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Rey, H. A., illus. CURIOUS GEORGE’S 1 TO 10 AND BACK AGAIN.   Boston:
    Houghton, 2001.  26p.  0-618-12074-2 bd. bk.  $5.95.  00-134582  PreS  BB

    Small libraries that can only afford to purchase one of the board books in this series should purchase this one because it is the one that most closely fits the spirit and intent of board books. This title is a nostalgic look at illustrations from past titles about our favorite curious monkey and includes 4 fine kites and 3 yellow hats.  Because the book goes up and down from ten, there are two pages for each number except for ten.  Except in three cases, each page contains a phrase with the number, an adjective, and a noun.  Check the back cover for copyright dates beginning with 1941.  This is an excellent introduction to a favorite picture book character.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Rodriguez, Edel.  SERGIO MAKES A SPLASH.  Illus. by author.  New York: Little, Brown & Company, 
     2008.  ISBN: 978-0-316-06616-7  BB  $15.99.   Gr. PreS - K    Board Book

     Young penguin, Sergio, lives in Argentina near the South Pole. He loves water, but...he can't swim. That makes
 for very scary fieldtrips with classmates who are all going to learn to swim. With encouragement from his teacher, 
Mrs. Waddle, and with his classmates cheering him on, Sergio conquers his fears. "Sergio" is a simple, entertaining,
nicely illustrated story about a youngster overcoming obstacles one step at a time.
     Judy Bennett, Clerk, Ironwood Carnegie Library

Saltzberg, Barney.  BABY ANIMAL KISSES.   Touch and Feel series.  San Diego:  
    Red Wagon/Harcourt, 2001.  12p.  0-15-202635-5 bd. bk.  $7.95.   PreS    BB

    This book presents six animals through adjectives which describe how they feel:  silky, fuzzy, hairy, feathery, bumpy, and wrinkly.  These are inserts in each of the pictures of the baby animals so readers can feel each of these sensations.  The inserts are sturdy enough for public library use.   However, the book begins and ends with how kisses of each of these animals feel.  It is unclear how feeling the silky side of a seal pup describes how seals’ kisses feel.  This is an additional purchase.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Schindel, John. BUSY PENGUINS.  Photos by Jonathan Chester.  Berkley, CA:
     Tricycle, 2000.  20p.  1-58246-016-7  bd.bk.  $6.95.   99-73847    PreS     BB

     Eight pairs showing several species of penguins in activities are:   meeting/ greeting, bumping/jumping; sliding/diving; pooping/drooping.  Several pairs that do work as well are sharing/caring and the last one, cheeping/sleeping    The unframed photos are excellent and the text is on blocks of color except for four pictures.   This is a good choice for a public library or day care center's board book collection.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

SHAPES.  First Discovery, Look-Inside series.  New York: Scholastic Cartwheel, 2001.
    10p.  0-439-29729-X bd.bk.  $4.95    PreS     BB

    This is an ambitious shape book for preschoolers.  In addition to the usual square, circle, triangle, and rectangle, children can lift-the-flap to find what’s inside a cube, and learn about spheres, cylindesr, cones, and rectangular prisms.  Although the concepts are sophisticated, the shapes are clearly labeled.  The book ends on a preschool note, putting the shapes together to make funny faces.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Shea, Pegi Deitz.  I SEE ME!  New York:  Harper Growing Tree, 2000.  16p.
    0-694-01278-5 bd. bk.  $5.95.   PreS    BB

    This is an excellent board book for children from the age of one through age three.  The rhyme is natural, not forced; the activities are within the experience of preschoolers.  The verbs include lick, click, crash, splash, peek, and squeak.   The first picture of “baby” is a girl wearing an adorable blue hat and a matching dress making what could have been a unisex child into a lovely girl child.  Although little girls can identify with this character more than boys, it still has direct appeal to 50% of the infant population.  This is an excellent board book.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

SHOPPING.  Melissa Farley, editor.  Illus by Mandy Stanley.  Boston:  Kingfisher, 2003. 
    unp.  0-7534-5681-8 bd.bk.  $3.95   PreS   BB

    These board books introduce toddlers to reading with one bold image on each page, accompanied by its corresponding word.  The books are written with themes in mind and are titled appropriately, AT THE BEACH, AT THE ZOO, BUSY BUGS, OUT AND ABOUT, PLAYTIME, and SHOPPING .  They are very basic concept books which could also be used to build vocabulary in the preschool population. 
Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Simmons, Jane. DAISY'S DAY OUT.  Illus. by author.  A First Daisy Book series.
    Boston: Little, 2000.  10p.  0-316-79763-4 bd.bk.  $5.95    98-75776   PreS     BB

     Daisy is off to see Granny and children get to make noises on every double page spread: "slip, slip, slop!...trip, trip trop!...swish, swish, swosh!...splish, splash, splosh."  The large size format and large print make this board book accessible to a new group of readers.   Grannys, preschools, and public libraries will buy this book.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Simmons, Jane.  DAISY SAYS “HERE WE GO ‘ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH.”
    Boston:  Little, 2002.  14p.  0-316-79811-8 bd.bk.  $7.95    2001-230416    PreS   BB

    There are seven index tabs to this board book, each of them showing a creature. The last tab shows the moon that appears when little duck goes to sleep, making this a suitable bedtime book for preschoolers.  The verses are a takeoff on a familiar children’s song.  As this version begins, a duckling watches butterflies ’round the mulberry bush in the morning.  Children can make the actions, go ‘round, bounce, flap, hop, pounce, leap, and go to sleep.  Creatures are duck, bee, rabbit, kittens, and frog.  In larger, darker print at the bottom of the page are other action words kids can shout or act out; i.e., stomp, bong, flitter flutter, hoppity-hop, thump, and doing.  A companion book is DAISY SAYS “IF YOU‘RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT.” (Little, 2002).  Purchase for preschools, public libraries, and personal giving.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Simmons, Jane.  DAISY SAYS “IF YOU‘RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT.”  Boston: 
    Little, 2002.  14p.  0-316-79940-8 bd.bk.  $7.95  2001-130417   PreS   BB

    A familiar children’s song has a new twist.  This board book begins with the familiar duckling being happy with its mother.  The refrains are quack like a duck, cheep like a chick, squeak like a mouse, buzz like a bee, baa like a sheep, and oink like a pig.  The seven index tabs for the creatures begin and end with the duckling but there is one for each of the other animals.  When using the book individually with children, ask them to find the animals using the tabs.  Like the companion book, DAISY SAYS “HERE WE GO ‘ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH.” (Little, 2002), this book will provide preschoolers with hours of enjoyment singing to themselves after the book has been introduced to them.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Simmons, Jane.  GO TO SLEEP, DAISY.   Illus. by author Boston: Little, 1999.
    10p.  0-316-79761-8 bd.bk.  $5.95.   98-75779     PreSc     BB

    Simmons has written a bedtime favorite in this title.  Done in soft pastels, the pictures tell the story of young Daisy Duck who can't sleep. The repetitive text makes a comfortable and familiar board book for toddlers and preschoolers.
    Charlotte Oshe; Children’s Assistant, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Singer, Marilyn.  BOO HOO BOO-BOO.  Illus by Elivia Savadier.  Growing Tree series,
    New York HarperFestival, 2002.  24p.  0-694-01566-0 hb.  $9.95.   PreS-Gr. 2     BB   

    There are three main characters, Lulu “Twirling in her tutu,” Andrew with his train, and Zuzu who is wearing her mother’s muumuu.  The three have one thing in common, they have fallen and hurt themselves so the refrain is the same “Oh no!  Boo hoo!, (name)’s got a boo-boo.”  There is a solution that makes them good as new in a day or two.  The illustrations provide action for the text and show the multicultural aspect of the characters.  There is internal rhyme as well as rhyme in the refrain.    Boo boos are close to the hearts of preschoolers who will enjoy the happy ending.   This book is a hybrid, a cross between a picture book and a board book.  The length is shorter, the pages are thicker than in a picture book, and the size is larger than a board book but the pages are not as thick or as spill-proof as pages in a board book.  This series provides a good transition between the two formats.  This book is one of the better ones in the series.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Snyder, Carol.  WE’RE PAINTING.  Illus by Lisa Jahn-Clough.  Growing Tree series, level 3.
     New York HarperFestival, 2002.  24p.  0-694-01445-1 hb. $9.95.    PreS-Gr. 2    BB  

    A boy and girl paint through this rhyme with zest according to the rhyme and illustrations.  They mix colors, paint shapes, and splatter and splash.  The final mural provides colorful self-portraits of the artists.  Judging from the smiles on their faces, the pair have had fun creating their masterpiece.  Shape and color are shown as sidelights of the activity.  The physical features on the two children are similar, only their flesh tones are different.  This book is a hybrid, a cross between a picture book and a board book.  The length is shorter, the pages are thicker than in a picture book, and the size is larger than a board book but the pages are not as thick or as spill-proof as pages in a board book.  This series provides a good transition between the two formats.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Stiegemeyer, Julie.  MERRY CHRISTMAS, CHEEPS!. Illus. by Carol Baicker-McKee.  
          New York: Bloomsbury U.S.A, 2007.  24p. ISBN: 978-1-59990-064-3.     Pres-K     BB

          A family of chicks dressed for the season in bright red and green hats and scarves is enjoying the wonders of snowflakes and making snow angels. After fun in the snow it's time for all of the time-honored preparations for Christmas: making gingerbread men, caroling, trimming the tree and hanging the stockings. The anticipation and joy of Christmas morning are ably illustrated in the unique and appealing 3-D art. Perfectly suited for toddlers who are sure to demand repeated readings.
          Barbara Ward,  Children's Librarian, Dickinson County Library, Retired

Sweet, Melissa.  FIDDLE-I-FEE.  Adapted and illus by M. Sweet.  Boston:
    Tingley/Little, 1992, 2002.  22p.  0-316-75861-2 bd. bk.  $5.95  PreS  BB

    Although this board book is longer than usual because it came from a picture book, the familiar folk song fits well into the new format.  The board book allows children to participate on a more intimate level and at an earlier age.  The nine animals are all familiar to children and the sounds are different but fun; “Pig went griffy-gruffy.”  No music is included but most people know the song.  Unfortunately, very small libraries that already own the picture book may not be able to afford it in this format.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Thomas, Joyce Carol. YOU ARE MY PERFECT BABY. Illus. by Nneka Bennett.
    New York:  HarperCollins, 1999.  12 p.  0-694-01096-0 bd.bk.  $5.95.  98-70238   PreS    BB

    Done in a combination of pastel crayon and watercolors,  this title is brimming with fantastic life-life pictures of a baby and its mother engaging in everyday activities. The storyline will be a winner with small children and babies. The author describes various body parts and activities of the perfect baby using rhyme, repetition and intriguing action words such as "twinkling toes....wiggly waist." Young ones from infancy to toddlerhood will have the building blocks of self-esteem put into place and squeal with delight while listening or looking at this board book.
    Charlotte Oshe, Asst. Children's Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI 

 Tildes, Phyllis Limbacher.  BABY ANIMALS: BLACK AND WHITE.  Illus by the author.
    Watertown, MA:   Charlesbridge, 1998. 10p.  0-88106-313-4  bd.bk.  $4.95    97-66961
    PreS-K     BB   PAULIN'S PICKS

    In a new publishing trend, major companies are taking successful picture books and turning them into unsuccessful board books so it is refreshing to find a board book that is actually designed for and suitable for preschoolers.  The eight black and white animal heads are introduced page by page without any words or name labels.  Then on the last double spread, readers see an infant with arms stretched up, looking at a mobile with whole animals dangling from it.  The only color in the book appears on the last two pages in the eyes, cheeks, blanket, and clothing of the infant.  The surprise ending is perfect for the story and for the audience.   Enlarge the animal heads on a copy machine until they are large enough to fit on a stiff black gift bag.  Make a body and lower jaw for the bottom of the bag.  Then have kindergartners make up a story about the animal  for a baby.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Walsh, Ellen Stoll.  MOUSE PAINT.  Illus.by author.  Orlando, FL:  Red Wagon Books, 
     1995. unp. ISBN: 0152055339 $10.95.    Ages 6mo.-3 yrs.   BB

       This board book introduces color and color mixing as three white mice discover jars of red, blue and yellow paint.  The curious white mice dip themselves into paint and mix the colors to make green, orange and purple.  The color theory is repeated as the mice decide to paint paper instead of themselves.  This book provides a simple and appealing way to introduce color to children, from the paint covered mice, to the color puddles, to the paper they paint.
            Denise Engel, Director, Wakefield Public Library, Wakefield, MI

Walton, Rick.  SO MANY BUNNIES:  A BEDTIME ABC AND COUNTING BOOK.
    Illus. Paige Miglio.  New York: HarperFestival, 1998.  32p.  0-688-17364-0 bd.bk. $6.95    PreS   BB

    Meet the 26 children of Old Mother Rabbit who lived in the shoe.  After the initial rhyme, readers meet the baby rabbits one by one in alphabetical order while they learn numbers and letters of the alphabet.  There is a couplet for each little rabbit.  Besides being a number and an alphabet book, this title is also a bedtime book because with the last rhyme, mother rabbit is surrounded by all her little rabbits.    As a board book, this title works well one on one at bedtime.   Add to board book collections in public libraries, day care center collections, or home libraries.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Waterhouse, Stephen.  GET BUSY THIS CHRISTMAS!  New York: Bloomsburg, 2001.
    24p.  1-58234-802-2 bd. bk.  $6.95    PreS   BB

    Preschoolers can learn about secular holiday activities by watching the antics of a penguin family.  Verbs (sing, buy, wrap, cook, eat, etc.) and the words outside and inside, which describe the location of the trees, are in capital letters.  This is an acceptable holiday board book.    
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Watt, Melanie.  THE ALPHABET WITH WILD ANIMALS.  Illus. by Melanie Watt. 
    Tonawanda, NY:  Kids Can Press, 2005.30p.  ISBN 1-55337-829-6  bd.bk.  $4.95   PreS    BB

    The author’s previous book, Learning with Animals (2003) spawned this series of board books,focusing on basic concepts for preschool children.  Since this is a straightforward concept book without a story line, the illustrations provide entertainment and discussion material for learning the letters of the alphabet.  Children are naturally curious about animals, making the animal theme very effective in teaching letters and animal identification at the same time.  The page layout is simple and clearly displays the alphabet letter, animal picture, and animal name.  The illustrations are bright and crisp, a delight to look at.  The preschool set will love this book and its companions, Colors with Tropical Aminals (2005), Numbers with Farm Animals (2005), Opposites with Polar Animals (2005), and Shapes with Ocean Animals (2005).  This set of five books is recommended for parents, preschools, and public libraries.
    Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Watt, Melanie.  COLORS WITH TROPICAL ANIMALS.  Illus. Melanie Watt.Tonawanda, NY:      
    Kids Can Press, 2005.  24p.  ISBN 1-55337-830-X  bd.bk.  $4.95    PreS-K    BB

    The author’s previous book, Learning with Animals (2003) spawned this series of board books, focusing on basic concepts for preschool children.  Since this is a straightforward concept book without a story line, the illustrations provide entertainment and discussion material for learning basic colors.  Children are naturally curious about animals, making the animal theme very effective in teaching colors and animal identification at the same time.  The page layout is simple and clearly displays the color, color name, animal picture, and animal name.  The illustrations are bright and crisp, with pleasant expressions on the animals.  The preschool set will love this book and its companions, The Alphabet with Wild Aminals (2005), Numbers with Farm Animals (2005), Opposites with Polar Animals (2005), and Shapes with Ocean Animals (2005).  This set of five books is recommended for parents, preschools, and public libraries.
    Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Watt, Melanie.  NUMBERS WITH FARM ANIMALS.  Illus. Melanie Watt. Towanda, NY:
    Kids Can Press, 2005.  24p.  ISBN 1-55337-831-8  bd.bk. $4.95   PreS-K    BB

    The author’s previous book, Learning with Animals (2003) spawned this series of board books, focusing on basic concepts for preschool children.  Since this is a straightforward concept book without a story line, the illustrations provide entertainment and discussion material for learning numbers from one to twelve.  Children are naturally curious about animals, making the animal theme very effective in teaching numbers and animal identification at the same time.  The page layout is simple and clearly displays the number, dots representing the number, animal picture, and animal name.  The text also tells what sound each farm animal makes.  The illustrations are bright and crisp, with pleasant expressions on the animals.  The preschool set will love this book and its companions, The Alphabet with Wild Aminals (2005), Colors with Tropical Animals (2005), Opposites with Polar Animals (2005), and Shapes with Ocean Animals (2005).  This set of five books is recommended for parents, preschools, and public libraries.
    Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Watt, Melanie.  OPPOSITES WITH POLAR ANIMALS.  Illus. Melanie Watt. Tonawanda, NY:  
    Kids Can Press, 2005.  24p.  ISBN 1-55337-832-6  bd.bk.   $4.95    PreS-K    BB

    The author’s previous book, Learning with Animals (2003) spawned this series of board books, focusing on basic concepts for preschool children.  Since this is a straightforward concept book without a story line, the illustrations provide entertainment and discussion material for learning opposites.  Children are naturally curious about animals, making the animal theme very effective in teaching opposites and animal identification at the same time.  The page layout is simple and clearly displays opposite concepts, the printed word, animal pictures, and animal names.  The illustrations are bright and crisp, cleverly incorporating an opposite into each spread.  The preschool set will love this book and its companions, The Alphabet with Wild Aminals (2005), Numbers with Farm Animals (2005), Colors with Tropical Animals (2005), and Shapes with Ocean Animals (2005).  This set of five books is recommended for parents, preschools, and public libraries.
    Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Watt, Melanie.  SHAPES WITH OCEAN ANIMALS.  Illus. Melanie Watt. Tonawanda, NY:  
    Kids Can Press, 2005.  24p.  ISBN 1-55337-833-4  bd.bk. $4.95    PreS-K    BB

    The author’s previous book, Learning with Animals (2003) spawned this series of board books, focusing on basic concepts for preschool children.  Since this is a straightforward concept book without a story line, the illustrations provide entertainment and discussion material for learning basic shapes.  Children are naturally curious about animals, making the animal theme very effective in teaching shapes and animal identification at the same time.  The page layout is simple and clearly displays the shape, the shape word, animal picture, and animal name.  There is a verb tacked onto the animal name to characterize how each ocean animal moves.  Illustrations are bright and crisp, with a bit of exaggeration to help the animal fit into its shape.  The preschool set will love this book and its companions, The Alphabet with Wild Aminals (2005), Numbers with Farm Animals (2005), Opposites with Polar Animals (2005), and Colors with Tropical Animals (2005).  This set of five books is recommended for parents, preschools, and public libraries.
    Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Weare, Tim.  I’M A LITTLE CATERPILLAR.  A Finger-Puppet Pal series.  New York:
    Scholastic, 2002.   12p.   0-439-33867-0 bd.bk  $6.95.   PreS-K   BB

    A little caterpillar imagines what he will be one day and discards several possibilities including a roaring lion, long-tailed dinosaur, upside-downy bat, sharp-clawed bear but decides on being a flower-flitting butterfly.   The story is told in the first person by a latex finger-puppet that comes through the die cut holes to be part of each double-page spread.   Although he is an orange color, the caterpillar looks more like a frog than a caterpillar.  When he is a butterfly, he doesn’t look quite right because he doesn’t have any antennae.  The book is similar to Weare’s I’M A LITTLE PENGUIN (Scholastic, 2002) which is a better book.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Weare, Tim.  I’M A LITTLE GIRAFFE.  Illus by author. Finger Puppet Pal series.  
    New York: Scholastic Cartwheel, 2002.  12p.  0-439-40641-2 bd.bk.  $6.95   PreS  BB

    A latex puppet, attached to the last page, shows through to the cover via a die cut circle.  The baby giraffe, who meets four other animals and finally his parents, appears on each page.  Told in rhyme in the first person, the giraffe introduces his friends: hippo, tortoise, cheetah, and crocodile.   After describing each friend, the little giraffe says “He (She)’s not like me.  This board book allows readers to interact with the story.  There are two problems with this book.  The little giraffe is only shown from half of his neck up while his friends are shown in their entirety so the giraffe puppet is out of proportion.  When readers meet his parents, they are shown only from half of their necks up so that their size is also not in relation to the friends.  If this book is purchased by libraries, a large notice about the latex content of the puppet needs to be prominently featured on the cover so those allergic to latex can beware.    
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Weare, Tim.  I’M A LITTLE PENGUIN.  A Finger-Puppet Pal series.  New York:
    Scholastic, 2002.   12p.   0-439-33868-9 bd.bk  $6.95.   PreS-K   BB

    A little penguin is lost and decides to follow his parents’ footprints in the snow.  He finds other animals and says to all of them: “Is it my mom?  Is it my dad?”  They all answer by telling who they are:  a seal, a whale, an albatross, and a fish.  The story is told in the first person by the little latex penguin finger puppet that comes through the die cut holes to be part of each double-page spread.  The book is similar to Weare’s I’M A LITTLE CATERPILLAR but this is a much better book.  If you can only afford to buy one of the books, buy this one.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Weare, Tim.  I’M A LITTLE PUPPY.   Illus by author. Finger Puppet Pal series.  New York:
    Scholastic Cartwheel, 2002.  12p.  0-439-40642-0 bd.bk.  $6.95   PreS  BB

    A latex puppet, attached to the last page, shows through to the cover via a die cut circle.  The puppy plays with four friends and on the last page they say good night to him. This rhyme is told in the first person by the puppy.  This board book allows readers to interact with the story.  There are several problems with this book.  The size of the puppy is not in scale with the ducks, pigs, cows, and hens.  If this book is purchased by libraries, a large notice about the latex content of the puppet needs to be prominently featured on the cover so those allergic to latex can beware.    
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Westcott, Nadine Bernard.  SKIP TO MY LOU.  Adapted and illus. by Westcott.  Boston:
     Little, 1989, 2000.  32p  0-316-93091-1 bd. bk  $5.95   88-7306   PreS    BB

     This title translates from picture book to board book with gusto.  The type is large enough and the illustrations are detailed and intimate.   As ususal with Westcott's books, the pictures tell as much as and add to the text to make a superb book.  The interpretation of this song is different from the expected but is humorous, imaginative, and just right.  A boy is left in charge of his grandparent's farm for one day and the animals take over the house, make a mess, and clean up just in time for his grandparent's return.  Besides being a great preschool and public library addition, the book makes a sturdy book for long family car rides.  The only problem with the book is that it is impossible to read and must be sung again and again and again.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Williams, Sue.  I WENT WALKING.  Illus. by Julie Vivas.  San Diego, CA:
            Red Wagon Books, 1989.  32p.  ISBN 0-15-205626-2 hb. $10.95  PreS   BB

             The simple rhyming story and the bright colorful illustrations make this book a winner for one-on-one reading or preschool storytime.  The main character takes a walk with a parade of animals following behind.   Animal and color identification are both featured.  The oversized board book format is both durable enough for little hands and large enough to read aloud to a group.  It’s also published in hardcover and paperback.
            Ann Best, Bookmobile Assistant, Menominee County Library

Williams, Sue.  LET’S GO VISITING.  Illus by Julie Vivas.  San Diego: Red Wagon/
    Harcourt, 2003.  32p.  0-15-204638-0 bd.bk.  $5.95  97-34398     PreS-K     BB

    The repetition, frolicking animals, and engaging main character make this a good candidate for turning a picture book into a board book.  This book introduces both color and counting up to six.  Recommended for preschool, public, and home libraries.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Winter, Jeannette, illus.  THE ITSY-BITSY SPIDER.  San Diego:  Red Wagon/Harcourt, 
    2000.  26p.  0-15-202130-2 bd.bk. $4.95.  PreS-K    BB

    One purpose of board books is to help children learn to turn pages and to "read" from
from left to right but that is not the purpose of this board book.  The book has to be held sideways and read like a calendar otherwise the writing on the page does not make sense.  The small size is for little hands to hold while singing a favorite nursery song.  This is a very personal book and children will love it.  Because of its small size, libraries will find it difficult to place ownership and date due markings on it but it is worth the effort.  This is also a good choice for day care and home collections.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

 Wood, Audrey.  THE NAPPING HOUSE.  Illus. by Don Wood.  San Diego, CA:
            Red Wagon Books, 1984.  32p.  ISBN 0-15-205620-3 hb. $9.95   PreS   BB

             This is an oversized board book version of the popular characters “in a napping house where everyone is sleeping.”  The boy and his grandmother take a nap, joined by the dog, cat, mouse and a stray flea.  It doesn’t take much to tip the tip the balance of nature; then the napping house becomes a place “where no one now is sleeping.”  Repetitive text and bold, expressive pictures make this a storytime favorite.
            Ann Best, Bookmobile Assistant, Menominee County Library

 Wood, Audrey.  PIGGIES.  Illus. by Don Wood.  San Diego, CA: 
            Red Wagon Books, 1991.  32p.  $10.95 hb.   PreS   BB

            By transforming fingers and toes into PIGGIES, Audrey Wood delights preschool readers with sparse rhyming text.  Don Wood’s vibrant illustrations include friendly details from a child’s world to make the book fun for young readers.  A wide variety of piggies, fat, smart, long, silly and wee, frolic from fingers to toes and from bathtub to mud puddle.  The imaginative drawings and silliness factor will make this a popular book for bedtime reading or storytime.
           
Ann Best, Bookmobile Assistant, Menominee County Library

Yaccarino, Dan.  FIVE LITTLE PUMPKINS.  New York: HarperFestival, 1998.
     16p.  0-694-01177-0 bd.bk.    $5.95   PreS-Kg.     E

     A new and welcome format for the board book audience!  This Halloween fiingerplay has been transposed into a bright and attractive storybook format that is sure to be attractive to anyone who is old enough to turn its sturdy pages.  Artist Yaccarino uses mainly orange and electric blue to hold his audience captive.  The text is brief...one line and rhyme per page, but the design is so inviting and delicious that the only problem will be to keep it out of the mouths of the young babes!
    Patricia Fittante; Children's Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Yolen, Jane.  OFF WE GO!  Illus by Laurel Molk.  Boston:  Little, 2000.  16p.
    0-316-0-072 b. bk.  $5.95    98-68895   PreS-K    BB

    Each double-page spread introduces animals (mice, frogs, moles, snakes, ducks, and spiders) that are off to Grandma’s house.  This picture book translates well into board book format.  The alliteration makes it fun to read aloud to preschoolers.  For daycare centers, public library board book collections, and personal giving.  Grandmothers might want to keep this one at their house for little visitors.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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