BOUNCING BABIES by Mike Brownlow


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Age Range: 1 - 4
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In lilting verse, Brownlow (The Big White Book with (Almost) Nothing in It, not reviewed, etc.) cheerfully celebrates all that infants love to do from morning to night; they don’t just gurgle and sleep. “Baby Daisy feels so pleased / She’s learned to crawl on hands and knees!” while, “Baby Arthur laughs and laughs / Splishing, splashing in the bath.” A baby is sucking his toes, a cute curly-headed rascal throws mucky food, and a pony-tail-topped little girl gets her round head stuck in a sweater. Adding enormously to the appeal of this great little lap book is the gumball riot of sweet color. Each spread is bright with thick paint on canvas where Brownlow, who has an obvious fondness for his subject, creates an array of textures to depict each unique, happy infant often accompanied by friendly-faced stuffed animals and familiar toys. Babies love looking at other wee ones and will recognize their own abilities depicted on these pages while parents will identify with another, less appealing activity on the final page: “ . . . Babies wake at half-past two!” (Picture book. 1-4)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 1-929927-44-4
Page count: 32pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2002