A Lot or a Little?
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that brief but jaunty sentences combined with brightly colored illustrations portray summertime fun.
Is It Any Good?
HISSSS! is another entry in Mick Inkpen's Little Kippers, which features engaging everyday topics for toddlers and preschool-age children. In HISSSS! Kipper models exemplary problem-solving skills, ingeniously rectifying the situation on his own -- a vital developmental milestone for young children. His zany but effective solution generated plenty of grins from one preschooler. The slightly longer but simple format makes this a great intermediate book for children who find board books a breeze but are not quite ready for full-length picture books.
Charismatic, full-color illustrations celebrate the lazy days of summer, capturing a kid's-eye-view of a perfect day: reclining on a sun-warmed blanket, slurping a melting ice cream cone, and reclining in a wading pool. The drawings of the cuddly Kipper are irresistibly cute. Several readings of this tale will have little ones longing for the mercury to rise.
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