This board book for parents-to-be compares a baby’s growth in utero to fruits and vegetables alongside jokes and witticisms.
Beginning with Week 6 and progressing through Week 40, Tobin’s “baby-sized guide to your baby’s size” attempts to garner laughs as well as to show more-or-less accurate representations of the baby’s growth. Each week receives its own two-page layout with the accompanying watercolor illustration of a beaming fruit or veggie. The watercolor foods are very cute, if a bit one-dimensional, each rendered with the same simple smiley face. Two real standouts are the Swiss chard, with its brightly colored veins, and the stunning subtlety of color in the mango. The jokes that accompany each illustration include scattered references to Questlove, Benjamin Button, and Sponegbob as well as gags about nose-picking and passing gas. There are the obligatory references to male anatomy (“the [eggplant] emoji is one hundred percent male”) and sexuality, which demand readers with similar senses of humor. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot that is laugh-out-loud funny, and the book can’t stand on either the illustrations or the text alone. This is certainly nice enough to toss in with other baby-shower gifts for an expectant parent, but it’s not a must-have by any means.
A board book for grown-ups that’s mostly unremarkable; some of the best material is on the cover itself. (Board book. 0-1, adult)