One cool Mama, one cunning baby and five opportunistic animals—yum, yum, fun.


This reissue of Mahy’s 1997 publication illustrated by Patricia MacCarthy rings with her familiar, infectious rhythm and repetition and is rejuvenated with new illustrations.

As Mama lays out lunch for Baby, who sits in her blue highchair, she says: “And while you eat it all up, I’ll just biddy-boom-boom on my diddy-dum-drums. Beating those drums makes me feel at ease with the world.” But Mama doesn’t know that animals are listening at the window. While Mama beats her drums with blissful concentration, Baby throws down each food item on the floor—and then one animal after another creeps, lollops, ambles, scuttles and trots into the kitchen, snatches it up and scrambles out the door. The cat eats the cheese, the dog eats the bread and honey, the chickens eat the apple slices, the sheep eats the lettuce, and the cow eats the carrot. Chamberlain captures the charm of the simple tale with aplomb by incorporating the repetition of the drum sounds and the animal noises in large bold type. The illustrations are brighter in color than the originals, and the baby is given a bit more to do (she is particularly charming as she plays with the lettuce leaves). Both text and images have a whimsy that invites participation.

One cool Mama, one cunning baby and five opportunistic animals—yum, yum, fun. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-84780-410-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Frances Lincoln

Review Posted Online: Aug. 27, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2014

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More gift book than storybook, this is a meaningful addition to nursery bookshelves


A young child explores the unlimited potential inherent in all humans.

“Have you ever wondered why you are here?” asks the second-person narration. There is no one like you. Maybe you’re here to make a difference with your uniqueness; maybe you will speak for those who can’t or use your gifts to shine a light into the darkness. The no-frills, unrhymed narrative encourages readers to follow their hearts and tap into their limitless potential to be anything and do anything. The precisely inked and colored artwork plays with perspective from the first double-page spread, in which the child contemplates a mountain (or maybe an iceberg) in their hands. Later, they stand on a ladder to place white spots on tall, red mushrooms. The oversized flora and fauna seem to symbolize the presumptively insurmountable, reinforcing the book’s message that anything is possible. This quiet read, with its sophisticated central question, encourages children to reach for their untapped potential while reminding them it won’t be easy—they will make messes and mistakes—but the magic within can help overcome falls and failures. It’s unlikely that members of the intended audience have begun to wonder about their life’s purpose, but this life-affirming mood piece has honorable intentions. The child, accompanied by an adorable piglet and sporting overalls and a bird-beaked cap made of leaves, presents white.

More gift book than storybook, this is a meaningful addition to nursery bookshelves . (Picture book. 2-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 15, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-946873-75-0

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Compendium

Review Posted Online: May 22, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2019

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Momo longed to carry the blue umbrella and wear the bright red rubber boots she had been given on her third birthday. But day after day Indian summer continued. Momo tried to tell mother she needed to carry the umbrella to nursery school because the sunshine bothered her eyes. But Mother didn't let her use the umbrella then or when she said the wind bothered her. At last, though, rain fell on the city pavements and Momo carried her umbrella and wore her red boots to school. One feels the urgency of Momo's wish. The pictures are full of the city's moods and the child's joy in a rainy day.

Pub Date: March 1, 1958

ISBN: 978-0-14-050240-4

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Dec. 9, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1958

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