Picture Book New Releases: Week of August 21, 2018

Happy release week to these picture books! Thank you to the publishers for providing free review copies for Kid Lit Exchange reviewers.

THE CROCODILE AND THE DENTIST by Taro Gomi

(Chronicle Books ~ August 21, 2018)

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Review and photo by Sarah ~ @bookdiehl on Instagram

DUN DUN DUN… a visit to THE DENTIST is new and scary for kids, so naturally it’s the subject of many books for kids. Gomi’s witty take on the subject is a scenario in which neither patient nor doctor is pleased.

Crocodile doesn’t really want to see Dentist… Dentist doesn’t really want see Crocodile. Each sentiment uttered by Crocodile is repeated verbatim by Dentist.
The repetition is accompanied by Gomi’s classic illustrations (perhaps you recognize them from Everyone Poops 💩!?). The illustrations are deceptively simple and age appropriate – but the color palate is too dark and bland. Regardless, a crocodile at the dentist office will have kids laughing!

The dental hygiene moral is useful for parents or teachers reading to their kids: The book ends with the ubiquitous reminder to brush one’s teeth. A sign for the dental office (pictured on the copyright page and back of the dust jacket) has a rotten tooth on it, as a visual reminder to take care 😬!

Personal favorite: The rich blue endpapers that are covered in vibrant pink toothbrushes!

Suitable for ages 3-8.

LITTLE BOAT by Taro Gomi

(Chronicle Books ~ August 21, 2018)

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Review and photo by Jeanell ~ @booksbeyondthenest on Instagram

Little Boat by Taro Gomi is about a small boat facing wide waters and wild weather with bravery and a purpose to reunite with his parents. Taro Gomi uses simple, yet eye-catching illustrations to engage babies and very young “readers”. With short sentences and vibrant colors this quick read is one families are sure to pick up again and again. Perfect for ages 0-3.


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