A baby’s attributes are compared to a variety of animals.
“You are my lucky little dragon / my clever little snake / my happy little horsey / my snuggly little sheep....” Each page shows one heavily outlined, rounded and cuddly cartoon critter accompanied by a caption that presents the animal’s label in an animated display type. Wan uses the Chinese zodiac as an unnamed framing device and also offers up a monkey, a rooster, a pig and a puppy, covering most of the animals in their correct astrological order (she swaps the rat for a mouse and the goat for a sheep). The final double-page spread includes a heart-shaped Mylar mirror and states, “Baby, I’m LUCKY to have you!” Set against subtly patterned backgrounds, the bold, friendly animals pop off the page with energy. As with Wan’s previous offering Hug You, Kiss You, Love You (2013), the cover includes an unnecessary sparkly embellishment.
While little ones will not get the analogies, they will be drawn to the playful images and loving message. (Board book. 3-18 mos.)