Play with Me

Penguin Workshop/Rise X. (A Playdate Book). Apr. 2024. 24p. Board. $8.99 ISBN 9780593659717.
PreS-K–A child introduced to “you” as Ellison—no gender provided but with a mop of black hair, kind wide-set eyes, and alabaster skin—waves in onlookers, asking “your name,” and asking if you’d like to join Rabbit and Ellison for a picnic. Cookies are offered: “Which cookie do you want?/ Mmmmm! You picked a good one!” At the end, you help clean up and the day is finished. With the help of a caregiver or educator, it’s easy to imagine children interacting with the “play with me” text and answering the simple queries, as well as taking in the etiquette and the flow of the play date. Nam’s illustrations have the look of cut-paper and felted textures, making this board book as welcoming as a day in the park.
VERDICT So much good cheer, in such a small package, this is sure to find a ready audience for story hours or one-on-one.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing