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The Happy Little Yellow Box: A Pop-Up Book of Opposites Board book – July 10, 2012
The Happy Little Yellow Box: ?A Pop-up Book of Opposites
David A. Carter. Little Simon, $12.99 (18p) ISBN 978-1-4169-4096-8
A smiley-faced yellow box assumes different roles and interacts with white chalk-drawn elements against plain black pages in this joyful exploration of opposites. Transformed into a helicopter, the yellow box rises upward in a pop-up ("High and low with the Happy Little Yellow Box"). In other spreads, the box becomes the back of a truck (horses emerge via tab to demonstrate in versus out) and peeks out of windows in two houses to emphasize near and far. Readers' smiles will match that of the box in this winning blend of minimalism, movement, and personality. Ages 3–up. (July)
--Publishers Weekly, June 11, 2012, *STAR
About the Author
David A. Carter is a master paper engineer and creator of the Bugs series, which has sold more than 6 million copies. Also the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed Color series, featuring One Red Dot, Blue 2, 600 Black Spots, Yellow Square, and White Noise, he lives in Auburn, California, with his wife and two daughters.
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April 30, 2013: It is now 4 months since we introduced the twins to this book...it is still a go to book whenever they come over (3 days a week). Now they sit down and interact with the book themselves and I can hear them 'reading' in/out; up/down...laughing at the helicopter and still totally interested in the construction of the happy boxes (large/small) at the end....not destroyed as of yet...and that's with twins...we have lots of fun together with this book! Can't wait until they are old enough to get some of Carter's other books!
I got him The Happy Little Yellow Box for Christmas after reading reviews. One by a child psychologist was particularly persuasive. This book has also been a hit with my grandson even though its presentation of opposites is still a bit beyond his level of development. This, of course, is not a criticism of the book, and he always gets totally into it with both hands.
Some of the manipulations are more involving than others. The “in-and out” and “open-and closed” pages are not really very stimulating in my opinion, while the “up-and-down,” “on-and-off,” and “near-and-far” pages are quite engaging. The book is designed and constructed to be quite durable—a definite blessing, but some of the manipulations require at least toddler-level dexterity to be moved properly. My grandson is literally a voracious reader—he likes to rip things off the page and put them in his mouth, so the “high-and-low” helicopter has to be kept at arms length.
Overall a good little book that looks like it will be able to continue to engage a developing child for quite some time.
In terms of learning content, there are a few sets of opposite words which this book teaches in very memorable ways. I would highly recommend this book for 3-year olds (with parental supervision so they don't tear up the pop-ups).
There isn't anything in this book to teach older kids, but they may still appreciate its design.
I'm a child psychologist so can recommend this book for babies and up.. Beginning from newborn age. The contrast in colours and simple objects as well as ability to be interactive when they are ready to manipulate objects in perfect. I have already been giving these as gifts.
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