cover image Bouncy Garden

Bouncy Garden

Emily Bolam. Campbell (IPG/Trafalgar Sq., dist.), $7.99 (8p) ISBN 978-0-230-74145-4

Short and sweet, with a nifty gimmick, this board book features cardboard cutouts of a frog, squirrel, bird, and mouse, which are tethered to interior pages (and the cover) with elastic bands; a yellow ribbon at the base of each cutout lets children move the animals up and down—it’s a simple idea, and undeniably fun. Bolam’s verse has a bounce of its own (“Squirrels love bouncing in the leaves./ Bounce! Bounce! Bounce!”) and the cheery paintings create a welcoming outdoor atmosphere. Simultaneously available: Bouncy Pets, Bouncy Jungle, and Bouncy Farm. Up to age 3. (June)