Synopses & Reviews
The bestselling children's book is now available in a lap-sized board book edition!and#160;Little Blue Truck is aand#160;joyful cacophony of animal and truck sounds in verse that will have youngsters beeping and quackingand#8212;and begging for one more go-round!and#160;Mud and muck are no match for this little truck in thisand#160;rollicking homage to the power of friendship and the rewards of helping others. Jill McElmurryand#8217;s gouache illustrations of wild-eyed farm animals and country roads are warm and wonderful, suiting the cheerfully rhyming text of Alice Schertle to a T.and#160;The oversized,and#160;sturdy board book pages are sure to withstand many riotous read-aloud sessions. Beep beep beep! and#160; and#160;
"This gently lilting read-aloud is just right for bedtime, or anytime your child could use a little extra comfort. Youand#8217;ll go ga-ga yourself over the adorable watercolors of babies around the world." --Parenting , September 2008
"Put two titans of kids' books together for the first time, and what do you get (besides the urge to shout, "What took you so long?")? The answer: an instant classic . . . there's real magic at work here."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes gently presents--but never preaches--a satisfying lesson about humanity and international harmony."--BookPage
"A standout for its beautiful simplicity, this picture-book collaboration between Fox and Oxenbury aims a message of diversity and tolerance at very young children. . . . Clusters of adorable mulitcultural babies from around the world toddle across the pages until just one child receives three kisses on the nose from her loving mom, a sweet gesture that parents will want to act out with their own children. A gentle, joyous offering."--Booklist, starred review
"Fox's lilting verse just has to be read aloud, and preschoolers will quickly pick up on and join in on the anticipated refrain. Oxenbury's spacious illustrations, featuring her irresistible round-headed tots (and, of course, plenty of chubby baby digits), emphasize the babies' differences and will engage even the youngest listeners in the on-page action."--The Horn Book Magazine, starred review
"In 'Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes,' two beloved picture-book creators and#151; the storyteller Mem Fox and the artist Helen Oxenbury and#151; merge their talents in a winsome look at babies around the world."and#151;The New York Times Book Review
"A witty and winsome look at babies around the world that has a toe-tapping refrain: the words sound easy and familiar, as though they have been handed down to children forever. And the story ends with a pitch-perfect moment: one little baby who is 'mine, all mine.' "--The New York Times Book Review, Notable Children's Books of 2008
"'Light as air and sweet as honey' might be a way to describe this delectable confection about babies, here, there and everywhere."--The Globe and Mail
Wichita Eagle, Great Gift Recommendations 2008
"Charming illustrations and comfortable rhymes characterize this appealing bedtime book." School Library Journal "A pleasant prelude to slumber." Booklist "[An] appealing bedtime book." Kirkus Reviews
A modern classic that no child should miss,Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovelcontinues to delight generations of children. Mike and Mary Anne work together to dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for city skyscrapersand#151;there is nothing they canand#8217;t handle!and#160;This lasting testament to friendship, old-fashioned hard work, and ingenuity will now be available in a sturdy, oversize lap board-book edition with abbreviated text, perfect for reading to and sharing with young children."This is fun both in its text and gray crayon drawings. Mike Mulligan remains faithful to his steam shovel Mary Anne, against the threat of the new gas and diesel-engine contraptions, and digs his way to a surprising and happy ending." The New Yorker
"Schertle's (All You Need for a Beach) rhyming stanzas are succinct, and she gives readers plenty of opportunities to chime in with animal and vehicle noises; colored, standout fonts highlight these sounds for extra effect. McElmurry's (Mad About Plaid) gouaches recall the heyday of Golden Books in their combination of vividness, naand#239;vetand#233; and sweetness, and her rich palette achieves verisimilitude that is no less satisfying for being nostalgic."and#160; --Publishers Weekly, starred review (4/28/08)and#160;
Born in the hills or in a town, in a tent or with a cold, these babies from across the globe all have one thing that connects them all—their adorable fingers and toes. But one little baby has something only its mother can give. A soothing book with broad appeal for parents and little ones to share, this book is a great fit for this oversized format.
and#147;Somebody certainly should sound the horn, because a rollicking, rhyming, delightfully illustrated book has turned up.and#8221;and#151;Horn Book
and#147;A lovely read-aloud, chant-along book.and#8221;and#151;Five Owls
This joyful picture book is now available in a lap edition, perfect for sharing with the youngest child.
Darkness is falling everywhere and little ones are getting sleepy, feeling cozy, and being tucked in. Itand#8217;s time for a wide yawn, a big hug, and a snuggle under the covers--sleep tight! and#8220;Working beautifully with the soothingly repetitive text, each painting conveys a warm feeling of safety and affection.and#8221;--School Library Journal
Everyone loves Little Gorilla: his mother, his father, his aunts and uncles, Big Boa Constrictor, and all ofand#160;the other animals living in the forest with him. Then one day, Little Gorilla begins to grow...and grow...and grow, until suddenly, at hisand#160;birthday celebration,and#160;Little Gorilla's family and friends discover that heand#160;isn't little anymore!and#160;Inand#160;this lap-size edition of this heartwarming tale, young readers will be comforted by the constancy of love for Little Gorilla, no matter whatand#160;his size.
A global celebration of adorable baby fingers and baby toesand#8212;now available in a lap board book edition. Born in the hills or in a town, in a tent or on the ice, these babies from across the globe all have one thing in commonand#8212;adorable fingers and toes. But one little baby has something only its mother can give.
A modern nursery rhyme about the things babies everywhere have in common
A flock of hapless sheep drive through the country in this rhyming picture book.
Theand#160;bestselling Little Blue Truck is now available as an oversized board book!and#160;Get ready for an even bigger dose of fun and friendship and cooperation.
About the Author
Day is done. Darkness is falling everywhere, and little ones are getting sleepy. This gentle book, with its rhythmic verse and peaceful, loving illustrations, will lull toddlers whether it's bedtime, nap time, or simply time for a snuggle.
The bestsellingTime for Bedis even better--and bigger--in this new oversized board book format.
"Working beautifully with the soothingly repetitive text, each painting conveys a warm feeling of safety and affection."--School Library Journal
MEM FOX is the author of many celebrated books, includingWhere Is the Green Sheep?,The Magic Hat, andKoala Lou. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.
JANE DYER is the illustrator of many picture books, includingBabies on the Goby Linda Ashman. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.