Format: Board Book
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Board Book
What did you like about the book? Jannie Ho’s collection of smiling faces and not-too-spooky images is a wonderful addition to a Halloween collection. Readers are treated to a combination of familiar words and wonderfully unique selections for the 26 letters of the alphabet. This tactic allows young ones to identify some words easily while others can be discussed with a grown-up (ex. “‘Qq is for quiver.’ What do you think quiver means? What is the boy in this picture doing/feeling?”) In addition to a diverse set of seasonal words, Ho also presents some diversity in her illustrations.
Overall, this book’s Halloween theme, vocabulary-building pages, and gentle illustrations makes this a win for any library with little Halloween-lovers.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Everything fit well! I have no complaints about this title. I’m always looking for toddler-appropriate Halloween books as our community loves the whole season. This will fly off the shelves for us.
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommended for one-on-one reading with a baby or toddler. Those who will get the most out of this book will be the ones who have a grown-up present to make each word come alive (or answer questions!).
Who should buy this book? Childrens’ library collections
Where would you shelve it ? Board Book Collection
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? There’s no need. This is not a title that can easily be used in a group storytime, but you may want to put it on top of your “to buy” pile!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA
Date of review: July 22, 2017