Saturday, February 6, 2016

Little Artists Books

Little Artists Books
written and illustrated by Niki Daly
2016 (Kane Miller)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher

Mondi loves music. His fingers go snappety snap!

Each  of the four ten page board books in the Little Artists series celebrates the arts by featuring a different character. Mondi is fond of music. He plays several instruments including the xylophone, trumpet, and drums. There are many examples of onomatopoeia in this book. The last spread is a cute collection of stuffed animals following the lead of Mondi. Ruby is a fashion designer with flair. She mixes a polka dot dress with striped shorts and a pair of doggie slippers. It's all topped off by a hat that doubles as a mixing bowl. I'm reminded of my own daughters' desires to dress themselves when they were younger. Nina is a dancer. With her pink polka dots, tutu, and purple leggings, she floats through the air like a cloud or pounces like a cat. Her last move is the best with a leap into her Papa's arms. Carlos loves to paint. He draws several colorful geometric shapes which will remind adult readers of Picasso. This would be a good book to introduce shapes to a toddler.

This series of palm-sized board books with a cast of diverse characters is a sweet read for toddlers. The colors pop and the text is a just-right size. I could hear myself saying, "Why don't we dance like Nina today?" or "Let's paint like Carlos" to a toddler. Little Artists Books is a terrific way to introduce a child to the arts.


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