Format: Board Book Picture Book
Rating: 1-5: (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: Holiday (Halloween)
What did you like about the book? This interactive Halloween board book is the latest of over fourteen Bizzy Bear adventures. Short rhyming phrases describe the wizard-garbed bear on his trek through the not-very-scary haunted house, “Bizzy Bear, Bizzy Bear, creaky stair. Bizzy Bear, Bizzy Bear, what’s that there?” There are five interactive tabs, one for each two page spread. Each operates differently. The tab on the cover slides open the door and at the same time reveals a friend peeping out of the window; another requires the reader to turn a circular inset to reveal witchy animals flying by on broomsticks. Made of heavy cardboard, the manipulatives seem sturdy enough to stand up to repeated use.
Anything you didn’t like about it? There is no explanation for why the bear is named “Bizzy” Bear. It seems a shame to get kids used to seeing the word ‘busy’ misspelled unless there is a reason for it.
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommended for ages one to four. Best read one-on-one so as to limit fighting over who gets to manipulate the tabs.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Shelve with general picture books or with holiday books if they are in a separate area.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA
Date of review: 7/27/17