New Pop-Up Books:
Braun, Sebastien. Jingle! Jingle! Can You Say It, Too? Nosy Crow, 2015. 10p. $8.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-8002-2.
In this simple board book with flaps, the text in each spread asks a question, such as “Who’s that by the sleigh?” Lift the flap to see reindeer and the answer, along with a related sound. The onomatopoeia will help young children with phonological awareness, and the brightly colored cartoonish illustrations will help them guess the answers. Santa, a Christmas tree, and some winter animals are featured, making this a good choice for public library settings.
Crozon, Alain. All Shook Up. Chronicle Books, 2015. 10p. $10.99. ISBN 978-1-4521-4013-1.
Crozon, Alain. Who’s There? Chronicle Books, 2015. 10p. $10.99. ISBN 978-1-4521-4014-8.
Simple flaps are featured in this series imported from France, with distinctive yellow, red, and light blue graphic illustrations on white backgrounds. In All Shook Up, the reader moves paper ears, mouths, and other features on the animals. In Who’s There?, the reader lifts a flap to see the answer to the title question but there is no text giving the answer. In many ways, this book with board pages is best for emergent readers and not toddlers as the book design might indicate. Also, the flaps may not hold up to library circulation.
Green, Rod. Emergency Vehicles. Illus. by Stephen Biesty. Templar/Candlewick, 2015. 16p. $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-7959-0.
Similar to Green and Biesty’s previous book, Giant Vehicles (2014), this book is packed with details and contains small flaps to open, showing parts of the vehicle featured. The small flaps reveal the interiors of the many emergency vehicles described, and the inside of the flap contains text explaining what is pictured. A police car, ambulance, helicopter, rescue boat, submarine, and three types of firefighting vehicles are featured; fans of the “Eyewitness” books will enjoy this.
Hacohen, Dean, and Sherry Scharschmidt. Who’s Hungry? Candlewick, 2015. 22p. $9.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6586-9.
In this picture book with deeply saturated colored illustrations, there is a half-page inserted in each spread. The text on the left shows an animal saying something, such as the monkey saying “Bananas are my favorite.” Once the half-page is turned, we see the banana. The animals look realistic and the food provided for them is accurate to what that animal would eat. A simple, repetitive text, some onomatopoeia, and the bold illustrations make this a great choice for storytime just like this pair’s 2010 title Tuck Me In!
Hamilton, Libby. The Ultimate Pirate Handbook. Illus. by Mathieu Leyssenne and Jason Kraft. Templar/Candlewick, 2015. 18p. $19.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-7963-7.
Although the full color illustrations have a cartoonish look similar to “Pirates of the Caribbean,” this is packed with information on the history of pirates. Each spread features an area of a pirate ship, along with several small flaps that open to show more detail, along with captions on the inside of the flaps. Readers will learn about the various roles of different shipboard pirates, the food, clothing, and tools a pirate uses, and other aspects of piracy. The final spread has a popup featuring seven famous pirates from history (three female). There is enough information for a short report, and this is also perfect for a “Talk Like a Pirate Day” program or display.
Penny Peck, SJSU iSchool