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BYE-BYE, CRIB by Alison McGhee

BYE-BYE, CRIB

By Alison McGhee (Author) , Ross MacDonald (Illustrator)

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: March 4th, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4169-1621-5
Publisher: Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster

Baby Kitty, Red Blankie, Big Pillow and their owner, a big boy of a narrator, are reluctantly making the transition from a crib to a big-boy bed. While admittedly a big boy (no bottles, no diapers and lots of muscles), the narrator goes through his own list of reasons why “Not every big boy wants to sleep in a big bed.” These reasons range from thinking the new bed is a monster in disguise, to fearing getting lost in the sheets or not having any and getting frostbite. Mom and Dad respond simply to these worries, until the little lad realizes that the time has come. One by one he tosses his beloved friends over to the big bed, telling them to be brave and asking each in turn how it is over there. Finally, Baby Kitty says he is ready, and since they go everywhere together, they make the leap hand-in-paw. MacDonald’s retro-style illustrations and colors are a breath of fresh air among all the cutesy characters that abound today. This style also perfectly meshes with the text—the superhero-like narrator directly addresses readers, while Mom and Dad speak in comic bubbles. Toddlers and parents will see bits of themselves in this delightful look at an early rite of passage. (Picture book. 2-6)