A WISH FOR YOU by Matt Novak

A WISH FOR YOU

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Age Range: 1 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this lighthearted chronicle of the making of a family, text and art deliver an affirmative message. A man and woman meet accidentally, fall in love, marry, travel the world, wish for a baby and become happy parents. Told from the perspective of the parents in simple, engaging verse, the text repeatedly focuses on the child reader as “you,” which cleverly rhymes with the “Ooo” of hospital visitors viewing the new baby, the “Goo” of the babbling tot, the “kitchy-koo” and “peek-a-boo” of parents playing with baby and the “pee-you” of the dirty diaper. Amusing and animated pastel-hued illustrations provide warm and fuzzy context and needed detail. Bucolic vignettes showcase the courtship, engagement and wedding. A double-page spread carries newlyweds across the world in a red canoe while their wish for a child culminates in another double-page spread highlighting the mother-to-be with her tummy expanding from summer to spring. Final scenes feature delighted new parents and baby paddling together in the same red canoe. A sweetly packaged view that a family of three beats two! (Picture book. 1-5)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-155202-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2010




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