Friday, August 03, 2012

Four 2012 Board Books

1, 2, 3 in the Sea (With Big Flaps). Sue DiCicco. 2012. Scholastic. 10 pages.

1 one fin
2 two eyes
3 three fish

1 one tail
2 two faces
3 three sea horses

 An ocean-themed board book about counting from one to three. It's bright, colorful, simple. The illustrations feature fish, turtles, sea horses, and whales. Overall, I like the "big flaps," however, I'm not sure about the biggest 'big flap' that unfolds more like a pop-up from a pop-up book. Flaps and little ones seem to do okay, pop-ups not as well with little hands. But for the most part, I think it works.

1, 2 at the Zoo (With Big Flaps). Sue DiCicco. 2012 Scholastic. 10 pages. 

1 one foot
2 two flippers
2 two penguins

1 one neck
2 two faces
2 two giraffes

A zoo-themed board book about counting from one to two. It is bright, colorful, oh-so-simple. The animals in the illustrations are fun: penguins, giraffes, monkeys, and elephants. The final flap reveals a Mom and her son at the zoo having fun. Most of the flaps, I think, will be fine. There is the one pop-up flap which I'm less sure about, but, for the most part I think this one works well.

Read 1, 2, 3 in the Sea and 1, 2 At the Zoo
  • If you have little ones who love animals, zoos, aquariums, etc.
  • If you want a very basic, very simple counting book
Go! Go! Go! Nicola Bird. Illustrated by Fiona Land. 2012 Scholastic. 10 pages.

Baby, say
what a long car! 
ding! ding! bicycle

A touch-and-feel book about transportation. There is no story to this board book, just vocabulary--words identifying each method of transportation (ambulance, fire engine, police car, truck, van, hot air balloon, plane, etc.) The book is large--more the size of a traditional picture book than a board book. It's a very busy book.

My Race Car. Ace Landers. Illustrated by David A. White. 2012. Scholastic. 10 pages.

Race car, race car, zoom, zoom, go!
Around the racetrack, never slow.
Turn left, turn right, now just fly!
Take the lead and speed on by.

A simple, rhyming text about the thrill of racing. Fun size and shape, colorful, and the rhyming isn't bad at all. This would be a fun one to share with little ones. Perhaps easier to share with little ones that Go! Go! Go! since it actually has a story to it.

Read Go! Go! Go! and My Race Car
  • If you have little ones always on the go! If your little ones like cars, trucks, and other vehicles
  • If your little ones need another book to chew
© 2012 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


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I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

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  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

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