WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH THE BOO-HOO BABY? by Cressida Cowell

WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH THE BOO-HOO BABY?

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Age Range: 2 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

A quartet of well-meaning animals attempts to soothe a fractious infant. When baby begins to cry, a cat, dog, duck, and cow gather together to ease the troubled tot’s woes. The animals try various solutions: feeding, bathing, and playing with the baby, without success. Each attempt to console the infant is met with a chorus of animals sounds, culminating in the familiar wail. “So they played with the baby. ‘Quack!’ said the duck. ‘Bow-wow!’ said the dog. ‘Moo!’ said the cow. ‘Meow!’ said the cat, and . . . ‘BOO-HOO-HOO!’ said the baby.” Ultimately the wise old duck suggests that they put baby down to sleep for the night and soon all that is heard are the gentle snores of the child. However, the final pages offer a wry salute to weary parents and caretakers as the final illustration depicts the frazzled animals in a sleepy heap while the bright-eyed tot peeks out from his crib. Cowell’s spare prose provides readers with an introduction to several familiar animals and their calls. It is Godon’s illustrations that infuse some levity into the simple, rather slow-moving tale. The cherubic tot, with a lone curl perched atop its bald head, is an adorable watering pot, and the facial expressions of hapless animals as they bumble their way through the tale are comical. Little ones will enjoy the notion of a bevy of barnyard animals as caretakers and the repetition of the tale easily lends itself to reader participation—a perk for preschool-age audiences. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-439-15311-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2000




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