An active toddler flies through a messy day of play.
Caregivers will recognize from the slightest twitch the warning signs of a babe moments away from tantrum. "Out to the garden / QUICK / QUICK / QUICK!" Released from the confines of the stroller, the youngster explores. The tot builds blocks with gusto, stirs some mud pies and even shares snacks with the pets before busyness gives way to relaxation. Wavy lines support the growing intensity, while active verbs maintain the spirited pacing. The happy child commands readers' attention with oversized head, off-kilter, wide-set eyes, cowlick and lopsided smile. The rhythmic text encourages participation with its enthusiasm. “On with the hose / Off with the shirt / Baby's little tummy gets a / SQUIRT / SQUIRT / SQUIRT!” The ministering adult is present only through indication; the diaper-clad star investigates the great outdoors with refreshing abandon.
Here's to the sheer willpower of a baby on the run. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)