Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Read, Read, Read, said the Baby: Jane Foster's Brown Bear Color Book

Misleadingly, this large-format board book is marked as a "hardcover" on Baker & Taylor, but it is, in fact, a board book.

Each spread features a color and text on one side and a selection of different objects on the other. Each selection of text ends with asking where Brown Bear is (spoiler alert - the bear is revealed by a die cut in the center of the page). Sample text reads "Golden lion, buzzing bee. What other yellow things do you see?" This spread shows a yellow rubber ducky on a polka-dot yellow background, orange pineapple with white stalk/leaves, stylized flower or sun (not quite sure), yellow boots, and a sunflower. The final page reveals brown bear and his favorite colors, shown in colorful round flowers, one of which shows a rim of each color from a previous page in the die cut circle.

The board book is large, about 10x10, with flexible cardboard pages and a paper over board binding.

Verdict: I like the unique art style, but I'm not sure it's clear enough for little ones to figure out what all the items are (I couldn't figure out some of them!). I will probably pass on this one.

ISBN: 9781499803303; Published 2016 by little bee; Borrowed from another library in my consortium

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