Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Review - Boo!

by Leslie Patricelli
Date: 2015
Publisher: Candlewick
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 26
Format: e-book
Source: library

The inimitable Baby brings a humorous spin to the holidays in a cheerful e-book perfect for Halloween.

It’s almost Halloween! How should Daddy carve the pumpkin? So many expressions to choose from! What should Baby be—a princess or pirate, ballerina or clown? When the jack-o’-lantern’s ready (looking suspiciously like Baby), it’s time for a little ghost to head out in the slightly scary night. But fear turns to excitement as the pumpkin fills up with treats. WOW!

(synopsis from Goodreads)

After reading Fa La La last year and not being particularly impressed, I figured I was done with these books about the precocious, half-naked baby. But the library had this one, so I thought I'd give it a try. It's actually not too bad. It basically explains the concept of Halloween to very young children, showing them that there's really nothing to be afraid of. Concepts like trick-or-treating, costumes, and pumpkin carving are all covered to varying degrees. (I especially liked the bit about the pumpkins, as it could also be used to teach facial expression recognition.)

So... maybe I was a bit hasty in writing off this series. I still don't understand why this poor baby has no clothes on. Maybe readers just need to go with it...

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 2/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 2.83 out of 5

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