Noisy Farm
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Format: My First Series, Board Books

Age Range: 2-5 years

Publication Date: September 2013

BISAC: JNF003080

Pages: 12

Book Format Detail: Board Book w/Touch & Feel and Sounds

Retail Price: $12.99

ISBN-13: 978-1-58925-610-1

ISBN-10: 1-58925-610-7

Dimensions: 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" x 1"

Invite your child to touch, feel, and hear the animals on every page of this sturdy board book. Engaging photographs and appealing textures encourage young readers to explore the exciting world of farm animals.

September 15, 2013, Kirkus Reviews

Farm animals make realistic noises as youngsters press embedded tactile features. "Pat the cow's back to hear her 'Moo!' " Readers can press the fuzzy, black circle on a Holstein cow to hear its recorded noise. This formula is repeated on each double-page spread, one per farm critter (roosters, piglets, lambs and horses). Using stock photography, several smaller images of the animals appear on the left, and a full-page close-up dominates the right. The final two pages are a review of the five farmyard creatures and include a photo of each as well as a review of their sounds in succession via a touch of a button. While the layout is a little busy, the selection of photos and the tactile elements are nicely diverse. The text is simple enough for little ones, encourages interaction ("Can you baa like a lamb?") and uses animal-specific vocabulary (fleece; mane). The sister title, Noisy Trucks (978-1-58925-609-5), follows much the same format, but, here, the stars are big rigs, monster trucks, fire trucks, backhoes and cement mixers. While the photos will thrill the vehicle-obsessed, the noises are less distinctive, save the fire truck's siren. The facts about each type of vehicle provide just enough information: "A fire truck has a loud siren, ladders to climb, and hoses that spray water." Despite the age recommendation of 3 years and up suggested on the back cover, the construction (with the battery secured by screw behind a plastic panel) looks sturdy and safe enough for younger readers. A happily multisensory exploration. Online Review.