This sweet board book introduces readers to Bobby, an anthropomorphized little animal, and his toddler world.
In this book translated from French, printed cloth tabs break up Bobby’s day into sections that present everyday words from breakfast to bedtime. The illustrations have a retro feeling and, aside from Bobby and his parents (who look like some kind of tailless rodent), present objects, other animals, and feelings in a clearly identifiable, colorful, and uncluttered way. From a spoon and plate through the important people in his life such as Mommy, Daddy, Doggy, and friends (an elephant, a fox, and a rabbit) to activities, feelings, and the weather—indeed, right down to the goodnight kiss—readers can relate to Bobby’s world. The book can be read on different levels depending on age and verbal stage. Younger children and their adult readers can concentrate on the simple words printed in large type, such as: “messy,” “clean,” and “bubbles.” Older ones ready for “plot” and a more dialogic interaction can read further: “Bobby took a bath. He is clean! Do you like to take a bath?” It is an easy way to engage early talkers in conversation and help them develop their narrative skills.
A pleasing addition to the toddler word-book collection. (Board book. 1-3)