Space Cows (Ready To Read Pre-Level One) by Eric Seltzer, illustrated by Tom Disbury. Simon Spotlight, 2018. 9781534428768.
Cows in colored space suits fly, sleep, play, and make lots of noise. There’s a rhyme scheme that goes across pages (and didn’t annoy me), and the illustrations are totally fun.
Here, George! by Sandra Boynton, pictures by (New Yorker cartoonist) George Booth. Little Simon, 2018. 9781534429642.
This new board book feels like a classic must-read that’s been around forever. George does not move, no matter what his owners say. But after they leave the house, wild music starts to play and George starts to dance. (And those drawings of the grumpy old dog twirling are silly enough to make adults laugh, even if they have to read the book to their kids over and over again.)
One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl and Tom Lichtenheld. Little Simon, 2018. 9781534420366.
I admit I picked this up because the somewhat kinky looking cover made me laugh. (I think I saw a large pair of oversized underwear for two at Archie McPhee’s once.) What follows is an entertaining board book book that combines counting, word repetition, repeated lessons about sharing (and being left out), along with unexpected illustrations of animals. Among them are an irritated cat pumping up air air mattress, happily cooking hippos, and a duck making a slap shot, along with a LOT of others.
We Are Music by Brandon Stosuy, illustrated by Nick Radford. Little Simon, 2018. 9781534409415.
This rhyming board book touches on the history of music, from early man beating on logs (who knew they had wiener dogs for pets?) to classical to blues to country. There’s also jazz and rap and a pop singer who looks like Beyoncé to me. (My teenage daughter strongly confirms my insight: “Kind of.”). I love it because it even has a two page spread on electronic music: “Synthesizers, drum machines, theremins, and more, computer-made music is a new kind of score.” Plus the page on punk features a stage diver — it’s never too early to introduce hyper children to the concept. The last page shows kids having a good time, playing with instruments. The illustrations are really fun, but they so perfectly recall sixties picture books that I thought this might be an old reprint, at least until I noticed the girl with the pink boom box on the cover.