This board book features photographs of babies’ faces displaying basic emotions and movements.
From smiling to sad, crawling to stretching, this book covers all of the baby basics. Each two-page spread features the same baby on each side, the verso a wide shot and the recto a close-up headshot in a circular frame. Taking the title seriously, the book’s magnetic, wrap-around cover includes a mirror inside that remains open even while turning pages. Though this feature may be cumbersome for caregivers balancing a bouncing baby and the book at the same time, it capitalizes on babies’ love of self and encourages readers and listeners to practice the faces illustrated on each page. Pages that feature a movement (“Baby waves”) include an overlay of lines that emphasize the action (curved lines around a waving hand), which serves as a hint to readers to act out the movement and draw attention to that part of the photograph. In a sweet wink to readers, the baby on the last two pages of the book is reading this very book, as if to show that it really can be enjoyed by its intended audience. The biggest flaw here is that this type of book is a dime a dozen, both in terms of cute photographs and Mylar mirrors. Babes pictured are a diverse range.
While it doesn’t do anything truly original, it’s saved by the mirror play and adorable featured babies. (Board book. 6-18 mos.)