Picture books for spring range from simple to complex for young readers

Published: Saturday, May 25 2013 12:54 p.m. MDT

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"JASPER & JOOP,” by Olivier Dunrea, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $9.99 (ages up to 3 years)

Olivier Dunrea follows up his successful dot-eyed Gosling series (“Gossie” and “Ollie”) with two new friends — Jasper, who “tidies his nest and puts on his cap and tie” and Joop, who “rumples his nest and messes his feathers.”

The small size book is the right story for small hands that may recognize themselves as happy and clean or messy and … well, clean. The visual and textual clues let readers know that Jasper and Joop are best friends that will surely find lots of book friends.
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