A string of comically stylized animals greet each other in masterfully rhyming couplets—an owl’s “hoo” is answered by a cow’s “moo”; a crow’s “caw” is returned with a donkey’s “hee-haw”—all leading up to the “hi!” and “good-bye!” of a human toddler and his mom! The first in a brand-new board book series on animal (and human) first words by award-winning author and illustrator Ethan Long.
More than a dozen animals salute each other with rhyming exclamations in a typically quirky offering from Long. In facing single-page vignettes, the animals smile and wave at each other: Chirp! says a red bird, perched on its birdhouse. Slurp! responds a fuzzy anteater, its snout deep in an anthill. Elsewhere, a polar bear s Growl! is met by a wolf s Howl, and a crow s Caw! by a bucking, bucktoothed donkey s Hee-haw! Zoological accuracy isn t exactly the point (Do yaks really say yak ?), but this friendly chain of greetings and Long s bright, spongy-edged digital illustrations create an infectious sense of good cheer. Up to age 2.