cover image I Like Books

I Like Books

Anthony Browne. Random House Books for Young Readers, $5.99 (21pp) ISBN 978-0-394-84186-1

A chimp of no specific gender romps through two books, presenting favorite books in the first title (``books about dinosaurs and books about monsters . . . song books . . . and strange books'') and playful pastimes in the second (``Going to birthday parties, and being with my friends . . . .'' among the pleasures). Browne's pictures have an attractive looseness that make them ideal for toddlers; he has simplified his style without undermining it. In Books the chimp appears in clothing inspired by storybook heroes; and in Things the lead character is surrounded by friends and activities. The outlook in each--positive and upbeat--sends a clear message, encouraging the overlapping events of imaginative play, real activities and reading. Ages 2-6. (July)