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Luci Hand

Luci Hand

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Updated: October 3, 2012 6:06AM



Wow! I am amazed at what neat and nifty ideas authors and publishers come up with today.

One of my campaigns is to have parents of youngsters devise “travel bags” to take on trips and appointments. Even restaurants need time killers for kids who get bored and itchy quickly. Of course, you (the adult) could also read aloud, you know. I have been known to “entertain” many diners in my day.

Corina Fletcher and Britta Teckentrup bring us “Playbook Farm.”

I’m not sure I can accurately describe this fabulous box containing a book that folds out. There are pop-ups for the cows, horses, sheep, pigs, windmill and a hen house.

Then, the whole thing opens up to form a play-mat farm. There is an envelope on the inside front cover with cut-out animals, a farmer and some vehicles. (You may want to laminate them and use a zip lock bag to hold them.)

You reverse the book and there is a story. I must warn you that the plot is not so great, but it does identify the various animals and what they contribute to us. I can only recommend that this travel where there is a lot of floor space to lay it out.

It would be great for visits to people without kids as you are taking “play in a book” with you. Because of the small characters, it is not recommended for kids under 3.

‘One Spotted Giraffe’

Gotta love those pop-ups!

Petr Horacek brings us “One Spotted Giraffe — A Counting Pop-up Book.” Again, this is short on plot but the characters are bright and beautiful animals as we count our way to 10.

Each page has a flap that opens a pop-up of the numeral shaped like the animal illustrated. This is great for teaching little ones to count.

Science pop-ups

For the readers about in third or fourth grade, Anita Ganeri and Stephen Waterhouse bring us “My Pop-Up World Atlas.”

Flaps, pop-ups and pull tabs make this fun to navigate. We begin with the world and move through the continents.

The same age group will enjoy “Matter Matters,” a pop-up book about chemistry and our physical world.

Where’s the hottest place on Earth? They talk about “cans of food that heat themselves”
but I haven’t seen those yet.

Each two-page spread includes a simple, safe experiment to help explain the text. These two would make great “car” books as they are so involving. Be prepared to answer some interesting questions, too.

‘Monkeyfarts!’

“Monkeyfarts!” Yes, I know. That is not a polite word but it is one kids love to giggle over.

It is also the name of David Borgenicht’s new joke book. This is subtitled “Wacky Jokes Every Kid Should Know.” They are silly. They are corny. Yet, you have to at least smile and kids will be in stitches.

There are riddles and longer jokes to read. There is quite a bit of bathroom humor, but kids love that, too. This is another “car” book to enjoy on the road.

Here’s one:

Q. Why does Superman’s shirt fit so tight?

A. He’s wearing a size S.



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