Four new board books to look for

21 Oct
"Opposites" by Xavier Deneux

“Opposites” by Xavier Deneux

When selecting board books for a baby, I look for a sturdy format that will endure love and many reads, simple text with bright pictures or photos, and tactile elements that encourage exploration.  Board books usually don’t grab my attention, but the Lexington Public Library recently purchased two great board books: Opposites and Colors. Both titles are written by Xavier Deneux and are part of Chronicle Books series, Touch Think Learn. These books definitely invite little hands to touch and explore the pages! The artist utilized die cuts, cut outs, and layering to produce a spectacular layout. For instance, when demonstrating the difference between high and low, the artist placed a cat high on a tall ladder. To emphasize how far above the ground the cat is, the artist used a raised image and then paired it with a mole far, far down in a hole. Deneux went one step further and inset the mole, so the pictures stress the difference in the presented concept. I really love these new books and can’t wait till March when two more (Shapes and Numbers) will be released!

–Susan Price

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