Black Cat & White Cat (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $7.99) are neighbors. Black Cat lives in a white house, while White Cat lives in a black house. Both can be easily seen when they’re at home... but what happens when they each visit the other’s abode? They become invisible! While that’s fine during hide-and-seek, it makes playing any other game quite difficult. The colorful solution to this quandary rewards the cats with a new and vibrant environment. Claire Garralon’s bold, simple shapes and succinct text, presented in a sturdy board book, will both engage young children and sustain the interest of the adults in their lives. Ages 1-3.
New in board book for the tiniest of toes, Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job (Boyds Mill, $7.99) discusses not only the importance of covering feet of all sizes, but the variety of ways to do so as well. What do we wear when we are small? When it’s hot outside? Cold? What might our favorite pair look like? After providing several examples, author/photographer Stephen R. Swinburne gives readers a chance to test their footwear knowledge by zooming in on a pair of shoes, then revealing the wearer on the very next page. From ballet slippers to construction boots, there certainly is a shoe for every job. Ages 1-4.
What happens when shapes reshape? A stacked collection of various rectangles morphs into snakes, “sneakily slithering,” or “pinchy” crabs, “nip-your-nose nipping.” Though ostensibly a counting book, decreasing from ten to one, Silvia Borando’s clever Shapes, Reshape! (Candlewick, $14) features wordplay as rich and playful as its rectangular rearrangements. Young readers will adore contributing the repeated phrase “what could they be?” and predicting what animal appears next based on clues like “clucky” and “roary.” This nimble picture book works well as a read-aloud in early-childhood classrooms as well as at home, offering infinite possibilities to the geometrically, linguistically, and artistically inclined. Ages 3-5.