Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Read, Read, Read, said the Baby: My first book of animal opposites

There are plenty of concept board books, but this one's cheerful photographs and colored font makes it stand out.

The book contains primarily animal attributes. It begins with small lion cubs contrasted with a big, adult lion. The long and short legs of an egret and puffin, a fast cheetah and slow tortoise, hard crab and soft fox. Then there is one mention of habitat - a bison lives in the cold, a lizard in the heat. Next come actions - animals go up or down, fly or walk, are in or out of the water, and ends with awake and asleep.

The photographs are clear and have relatively uncluttered backgrounds. The left page photograph is bordered with a solid color, the right is a full page photo. The book is a 5x5 inch square of sturdy cardboard.

Verdict: This simple concept book would make an excellent addition to, if not a required purchase for, your library's board book selections.

ISBN: 9781623540623; Published 2016 by Charlesbridge; Review copy provided by the publisher for Cybils; Donated to the library

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