Monday, January 27, 2020

Review: Baby Sloth and Baby Llama, both by Yu-Hsuan Huang


BABY SLOTH
Finger Puppet Book
Illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
Chronicle Books
Board Books
12 pages 
ages 0 to 3



Where does Baby Sloth like to nap? Follow along with this cute baby animal as it experiences its world, from playtime to bedtime. The simple, comforting story in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, this volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.




BABY LLAMA
Finger Puppet Book
by Yu-Hsuan Huang
Chronicle Books
Board Book
12 pages
ages 0 to 3




What is Baby Llama's favorite food? Follow along with this cute baby animal as it experiences its world, from playtime to bedtime. The simple, comforting story in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, this volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.




MY TIDBITS

My daughter flipped when she saw these two books, although she is older than the suggested age group, immediately laid claim to both. And they are cute.

Created for the youngest reader, these books add a fun embellishment to the usual story-telling fun. The books themselves are sturdy with thick pages to suit small hands. The finger puppet is so soft and cuddly and invites to touch and play. I was happy to see that the puppets' necks are quite long and poke through with enough room to easily move the head around in all directions on every page. The head is fastened nicely to the back page, ensuring hours of fun without fear of instant breakage. And the hole as well as the puppet are spacious for even thicker fingers. In other words, it's practically made/

The book itself is cute. Each page is bright and colorful, which fits to the huge smile on the puppets' faces. While the illustrations are relatively simple, there's still enough details to make it clear what's going on...and they create a lovely background for the puppets to 'play'. The purpose of these books is to also let young listeners learn just a little bit more about the animals presented. These aren't  tough facts but simply a light, general glimpse at things such as what the animals eats or where they sleep. Each 'fact' is presented in a very simple sentence, perfect for the intended age group. I found the combination sweet and loved how a tiny, itsy bit of knowledge is delivered in such a fun, playful way.

These two are definitely getting big thumbs up from us.


More about...

Yu-Hsuan Huang, also known as Smallx2, is an illustrator and artist from Taichung City, Taiwan, where she lives with her family and cats.

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