Format: Board Book
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? This book has all my favorite things–rhyming text, animal puns, and soft illustrations. The perfect combination for a sweet little book. This story features various pairs of baby and adult animals expressing their affection for each other. We see two bears that love each other “beary much”, two seals that “seal it with a kiss”, two bees that “bee-long together”, and a lion and her cub that are a “purrreect pair”. Kids will get a kick out of hearing these sounds made by a reader and will enjoy chiming in as well. The animals featured include an owl, seal, bee, kangaroo, otter, mouse, lion, dog, deer, hedgehog, bunny and bear.
The illustrations provided by Sydney Hanson feature the animals in their natural habitat whether it is the jungle, ocean, forest, or among flowers. The colors used are muted shades which create a very soft and soothing effect. Each page features little hearts that appear as if they are almost being sent from one animal to the other.
Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing
To whom would you recommend this book? This book would be perfect for children between the ages of birth and three years old. Some children might be too young to understand the puns but I think they will still get a kick out of hearing some of these words pronounced by an adult such as “whoo”, “bee-long”, “squeak-heart”, “purrreect”, and “pawsitively”. Some of these puns have drawn-out syllables or silly plays on the sounds that I think will delight and entertain young children.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of birth and three years old.
Where would you shelve it? Board Books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, great addition to books that are perfect for quiet time or bedtime.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.
Date of review: April 22, 2020