WILD BABY GOES TO SEA by Barbro Lindgren


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Baby Ben, the impish little hero of The Wild Baby (1981), has a single make-believe adventure here, playing sailboat with an old box, two brooms that serve as mast and oar, and Mama's apron for a sail. With his three stuffed animals on board, Ben sails into and out of a whale's ""great mouth,"" on through a wild storm that dumps them all, and into the night where ""something gruesome, dark, and weird"" beckons them on. But Ben turns down the invitation and steers the ship "". . . back [to] shore,/ safe and sound on Mama's floor."" As in many fantasies, there's a teasing element--here a rooster Ben hauls on board--that makes the trip back to everyday reality and remains to puzzle Mama. It's a common device and, for that matter, the whole trip follows a familiar picture-book pattern; but readers captivated by the Wild Baby's irrepressible antics won't feel let down by the sequel; with Lindgren, Eriksson, and Prelutsky at the helm, it rolls along with vim and agility.

Pub Date: April 18th, 1983
Publisher: Greenwillow