cover image No, No, Nicky

No, No, Nicky

Harriet Ziefert. Viking Children's Books, $2.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-670-81297-4

Nicky, the star of these board books, is a small gray-striped kitten with shoe button eyes. In No, No Nicky he goes after a goldfish, a hot pot, an electrical outlet and other off-limits items. But when he laps up his milk and goes to bed, he gets a ""Yes, yes Nicky.'' Nicky's Friends include a cuddly baby, a boy and girl named Matt and Meg, a man and a lady (why not a ``woman''?). In Let's Watch Nicky, the kitten jumps, stretches, scratches and eats, and finally decides to ``watch you!'' Brown's pictures show a winsome Nicky, in cozy surroundings. These books are short, funny and very much to the point. (6 months-3 years)