SILLY BABY by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick


Age Range: 2 - 5
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The silly new baby in Beth's family can't do the things Beth can do, but he seems to get all the attention anyway. The opening scene shows Beth's frustration as adults crowd around the baby. All readers see are the backs of their legs and small Beth behind, trying to peep in. When she does, she's not impressed. He cries, sleeps and cries again. Beth's body language shows her dejection and, finally, her joy when, later, Granny helps her hold him. Comfortably in Granny's lap, she meets him herself, admires his smile and takes ownership of her new baby brother. The family circle is emphasized by Granny's enclosing arms. Gouache paintings use rounded lines and flat, black-outlined shapes with little depth. Some are framed; others are double-page spreads. Even the page backgrounds reflect Beth's moods—muted cool colors at first and a joyous yellow at the end. Families who met Beth before in Silly Mommy, Silly Daddy (2006) or Silly School (2007) will rejoice, and this reassuring title will surely win her new fans. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-84507-951-2
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2010


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