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I KISSED THE BABY! by Mary Murphy Kirkus Star


by Mary Murphy & illustrated by Mary Murphy

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: May 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-7636-2122-6
Publisher: Candlewick

The excitement of a new arrival is proclaimed loudly and by all: “I saw the baby! Did you see the baby? Yes! I saw the baby, the teeny weeny thing.” Then, “I fed the baby! Did you feed the baby? Yes! I fed the baby. What a hungry little one!” Set on solid black or white backgrounds, the words are in big, splashy letters of the opposite color as are the simple, graphic animal figures, one to a page: fish, squirrel, ant, bird, frog. A thick edge of bright color oozes along one edge of each spread. Finally the duck says, “Of course I kissed the baby, my own amazing baby.” Her little duckling is in bright yellow; her mother’s kiss “Ppfffwah!” in glowing tea rose, with little pink hearts. This is ebullient and adorable, and its clear, broadly articulated forms make it a natural to read to toddler groups and—as advised—by the person holding the new baby. Also useful for youngsters who might need a little push to greet the new sibling with enthusiasm. A knock-out in design and concept. (Picture book. 2-6)