From School Library Journal
PreS. Little eyes will find plenty to absorb in this large-format concept book, but it has some major flaws. As the title boasts, double-page spreads introduce shapes, colors, counting, rhymes, opposites, and manners. Szekeres also covers activities from getting dressed to going to bed, all with the help of a host of furry farm and forest creatures. The animals are personified to the point of goofy preciousness. The presentation of the concepts lacks imagination, and the verse is often awkward and forced, e.g., "purple socks with little clocks." The use of white space and the characters' clothing give the book a nostalgic look. Unfortunately, it is also a step backward compared to the many wonderful concept books available. For a fresher approach, try Lucy Cousins's Katy Cat and Beaky Boo (Candlewick, 1996).?Lisa S. Murphy, formerly at Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA
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Ages 2^-6. Not a picture book, but a big, illustrated book of rhymes and activities for young children, this volume will attract a ready audience. Each turn of a page brings another double-page spread full of animals cavorting in good-natured ways to illustrate yet another concept, such as the parts of the body, the letters of the alphabet, counting, colors, shapes, manners, feelings, and rhyming words. Bright with colorful washes, the lively drawings fill the pages with cheerful characters, intriguing details, and humor geared to a preschool audience. Parents may tire of the book before their children do, since few concept books today have such a child-centered sense of fun. Carolyn Phelan