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WHERE IS BABY'S YUMMY TUMMY? by Karen Katz Kirkus Star


by Karen Katz, illustrated by Karen Katz

Pub Date: Aug. 2nd, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4424-2165-3
Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

This peek-a-boo provides a stellar examination of the human body.

An encouraging voice calls for the location of each sweet and cuddly body part. Beginning with the toes, each gentle question follows a consistent rhyming format. From feet “good enough to eat” to a nose “as pretty as a rose,” tykes of various ethnicities play an active role in their exploration. The perspective zooms in on the jovial babes, giving them every inch of each page. Katz's signature solid spreads incorporate clean patterns with light details. The strategic flaps placed in different corners use objects commonly found in daily life (blanket, teddy bear) to fully hide each featured choice. The coy text playfully calls for audience participation. “Where is baby's tushy / that's soft and smooshy?”; a naked behind peeks from underneath a diaper when the flap is pulled down. The final example highlights the youngster's entire form.

An affectionate celebration of self-discovery. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)