The board Book of Sleep

Knopf recently released a board book version of Il Sung Na‘s The Book of Sleep. In the original edition, a playful and spare text accompanies sweet illustrations that, upon closer look, contain a multitude of textural and illustrative details (including the protagonist owl as a search-and-find character on spreads where another character takes center stage). An […]

For your little mensch

Laurel Snyder, probably best known for her middle-grade novels Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains, or, The Search for a Suitable Princess, Any Which Wall, and Penny Dreadful, presents a Judaism-themed board book that’s preschooler-perfect. Nosh, Schlep, Schluff: BabYiddish records a day in the life of one young tot (could be either gender; one of […]

Puppy love

At this time of year, one can’t help but notice the heart-emblazoned kids’ books cramming the shelves in our local chain stores. Pawing through bags of candy hearts and other commercial love-related products, I decided to look at two board books pubbing just in time for Valentine’s Day. Dog food, frisbees, bubbles from a jar… […]

In the What Were They Thinking? department…

Jean McElroy’s Let’s Count 123! (Simon and Schuster, May), a pleasant new board book that counts ten of the celebratory objects at a child’s birthday party (“1 cake / 2 candles / 3 party hats”), bills itself as “both chunky and lightweight!” The inside pages are not cardboard but paper-covered flat boxes (I think). So, […]

¡Mira! ¡Mira!

¡Muy bueno! Leslie Patricelli’s Higher! Higher!, a 2009 Boston Globe-Horn Book honor book, will be reissued as a bilingual board book (Higher! Higher! / ¡Más alto! ¡Más alto!) in January, along with The Birthday Box / Mi caja de cumpleaños. Look for reviews of two brand-new Patricelli titles, Potty and Tubby (all Candlewick), in the […]

Holiday חי Notes

Every year in the November/December issue, the Horn Book Magazine presents Holiday High Notes, reviews of recommended new holiday books. The list usually consists of a majority of Christmas books, with a few Hanukkah titles and maybe a couple of Kwanzaa books thrown in. This year, though, there are no Hanukkah books on that list […]

Rocker Moms v. Soccer Moms

“B is for Boombox”; “F is for Flames”; “M is for Mohawk.” — from Alternative ABCs by 13th Floor Okay. I know I’m not the intended audience for this book, as a parent or as a children’s book reviewer. I’m not young, hip, or edgy — quite the opposite on all counts. But AMMO Books […]