Books by Michelle Sinclair Colman

IN THE CITY by Michelle Sinclair Colman
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Excellent for sharing before or after a city walk. (Board book. 1-3)"
A child does all the talking in this deceptively simple board book about the city adventure of a child with puffy pigtails and their lanky dad who sports a hipster's porkpie hat. Read full book review >
ON THE FARM by Michelle Sinclair Colman
Released: July 3, 2018

"It's docile and harmless, but there are already better barnyard-themed books available to choose. (Board book. 1-3)"
In rhyming verse, explore a farm alongside an enthusiastic toddler. Read full book review >
NOT THAT TUTU! by Michelle Sinclair Colman
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Attracted by the little tulle tutu on the cover, little ones seeking a ballet-themed tale may be disappointed, but this outing will resonate with any youngster who has worn a favorite outfit to shreds. (Board book. 2-4)"
Taylor, with a recognizably preschool fashion sense, wears her tutu everywhere. Read full book review >
JET-SET BABIES WEAR WINGS by Michelle Sinclair Colman
Released: June 1, 2009

Like its predecessors in the Urban Babies Wear Black series, this outing, although ostensibly aimed at one-to-three-year-olds, offers very little for its target audience but lots for grown-ups. Page after page of text far beyond babies' conceptual ken ("Jet-set babies have an entourage") are paired with Dion's sophisticated images, which are characterized by muted colors and busy patterns that fly in the face of research into brain and vision development. There's lots of humor on hand for the adult: "Jet-set babies speak foreign languages" depicts a black baby saying, "gagagooGOO" to a white baby who replies, "GAgagoogoo"—all in hand-drawn letters that further confuse the composition. Smug and irritating. (adult)Read full book review >
FOODIE BABIES WEAR BIBS by Michelle Sinclair Colman
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

The latest in the Urban Babies Wear Black series demonstrates a wry sense of humor, crisp, sophisticated graphics and a thematic approach that leaves its presumed audience of babies in the cold. In addition to wearing bibs, it appears that foodie babies "know their way around a kitchen," "browse farmers' markets" and "dine al fresco." Dion's illustrations partake of a Helen Oxenbury-style sense of irony (the baby sharing "small plates" is seen from behind, flinging peas at a startled mother), but the complexity of their rendering puts them far beyond the visual comprehension of an actual baby. More for smug foodie parents than real babies—but we already knew that. (2-3)Read full book review >