Parents of young sons will especially appreciate this simple example of a boy as caretaker, whose joy in showing his “baby” the wonders of the world is evident. Milgrim touches on the favorite daily activities of young children—playing outside, pretending to do grown-up things like shop and cook, reading, playing with friends, pretending to be a doctor, splashing in the bath and telling stories—with the little boy sweetly caring for the doll the entire time. The text itself is spare, simply stating what it’s “time for” next, but the gentle rhymes will satisfy the youngest listeners and help set the stage for bedtime. “Time to scrub up and get clean. / Time for stories. / Time to dream.” The illustrations are a delight, the little boy echoing the facial expressions, body language and actions learned from his own caretaker, from cheering his baby’s swimming progress and making him a seatbelt for the toy car, to stooping down low to point out a snail on the sidewalk. A must-have for every parent of a toddler boy, but will be enjoyed by little girls, too. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: April 17, 2006

ISBN: 0-618-51998-X

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Clarion

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2006

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Plotless and pointless, the book clearly exists only because its celebrity author wrote it.


A succession of animal dads do their best to teach their young to say “Dada” in this picture-book vehicle for Fallon.

A grumpy bull says, “DADA!”; his calf moos back. A sad-looking ram insists, “DADA!”; his lamb baas back. A duck, a bee, a dog, a rabbit, a cat, a mouse, a donkey, a pig, a frog, a rooster, and a horse all fail similarly, spread by spread. A final two-spread sequence finds all of the animals arrayed across the pages, dads on the verso and children on the recto. All the text prior to this point has been either iterations of “Dada” or animal sounds in dialogue bubbles; here, narrative text states, “Now everybody get in line, let’s say it together one more time….” Upon the turn of the page, the animal dads gaze round-eyed as their young across the gutter all cry, “DADA!” (except the duckling, who says, “quack”). Ordóñez's illustrations have a bland, digital look, compositions hardly varying with the characters, although the pastel-colored backgrounds change. The punch line fails from a design standpoint, as the sudden, single-bubble chorus of “DADA” appears to be emanating from background features rather than the baby animals’ mouths (only some of which, on close inspection, appear to be open). It also fails to be funny.

Plotless and pointless, the book clearly exists only because its celebrity author wrote it. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: June 9, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-250-00934-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Review Posted Online: April 15, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2015

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Another intelligently crafted offering for the youngest from an exceptionally creative photographer. A multicultural array of four girls and a boy introduce the five senses. Each child explores the potential range of one sense in four appealing color photos explicated in the simplest of texts (``With my nose I smell popcorn,/a horse,/flowers,/and garbage.'' ``With my ears I hear my baby brother,/a fire engine,/my piano,/and whispered secrets''). Expertly composed photos show kids who are almost always happy (except for an appropriate grimace when, for example, medicine doesn't taste good), glowing with the pleasure of discovering their world. An excellent concept book. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: May 16, 1994

ISBN: 0-671-79168-0

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 1994

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