From School Library Journal
PreS - These small, easy-to-handle picture books feature a black bunny wearing striped overalls and his stuffed-toy sidekick, Flop. In the first title, the energetic duo pack items for an outdoor picnic, which eventually gets rained out. In the second, they turn on a music player and experiment with makeshift instruments such as keys that go "jingle jing." After Bing inadvertently smashes the music player, the friends resort to singing instead. Visually, these titles are invigorating. Bright colors, white backgrounds, and black text are combined for dynamic effect. The typeface changes in size, style, and boldness, and isn't always square on the page. Unfortunately, both story lines are marginal and use repetitive phrasing. The books end with similar phrases, "Go Picnic. It's a Bing Thing" and "Making music. It's a Bing Thing," causing readers to wonder what exactly a Bing Thing is. This gimmick seems more of a bid to attract a franchise than an integral part of the tales. Ultimately, these offerings are all about style with too little substance. - Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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PreS. The Bing franchise continues, targeting the same audience as Max and Ruby, Maisy, and their ilk, with another volume in the series' signature, unjacketed format, which combines the durability of a board book with the physical appearance of a picture book. Like all titles in the series, this begins with hearty hellos for main characters Bing the bunny and his forbearing stuffed pal, Flop, who are planning an afternoon picnic. They debate options for plausible spots in terms that kids will appreciate (the town square has "too much dog poo," says Bing) and pack a blanket, snacks, and other things they might need. Then a drenching rainfall scuttles their plans. That's OK; an indoor banquet is a fun "Bing Thing," too. Set forth in a shorthand grammar borrowed straight from newly verbal children, this series' stripped-down tales of creative problem solving will easily involve preschoolers, as will the artwork's crisp forms and glossy sherbet colors. Make Music,
about Bing's enthusiasm for "going bongo" (drumming), is also now available. Jennifer MattsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved