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SPORTY BABIES WEAR SWEATS by Michelle Sinclair Colman


From the Urban Babies Wear Black series

by Michelle Sinclair Colman, illustrated by Nathalie Dion

Age Range: 1 - 3

Pub Date: Dec. 28th, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-58246-313-1
Publisher: Tricycle

Another insufferably chic, developmentally off-base outing from the creators of the Urban Babies Wear Black series, only this one isn't even as funny for grown-ups as the others (Jet-Set Babies Wear Wings, 2009, etc.). Dion’s muted, pattern-heavy images provide a wan counterpoint to Colman's declarative text, which offers little opportunity for expansion. "Sporty babies dribble": A baby in a high chair drools as mom's hand steers a spoonful of pink yogurt toward it. "Sporty babies sprint": A baby with diaper only partially installed gleefully eludes dad’s pursuing hands. Ho-hum. As before, much of the text as well as all of the humor is hopelessly out of baby-and-toddler reach: "Sporty babies need caddies" (dads with diaper bags push babies in strollers); "Sporty babies stay hydrated." This joke has run its course—real babies want books for them, not their parents. (Board book. 1-3)