PLEASE PICK ME UP, MAMA! by Robin Luebs

PLEASE PICK ME UP, MAMA!

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Age Range: 2 - 4
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KIRKUS REVIEW

From the moment she wakes until bedtime, a young raccoon alternates between seeking her mother’s attention and voicing her yearning for independence. Repetition breeds familiarity in these earnest requests as the youngster’s activity dominates her day; brief lines leading to a soothing rhythm: “Please pick me up, Mama. / Tie my soft blue hat. / Please put me down, Mama. / Now I’ll dress the cat!” The child’s unadulterated delight brings forth a nimble “la...la...la...” as her mother swings her around; spiraling words drift across the spacious background like a cloud. Warm autumn hues—rich, buttery oranges and crisp, apple greens—permeate the soft acrylic illustrations. Thick brush strokes in blacks, creams and browns naturally blend, adding depth to bushy tails and loving faces. Small details, including the amicable cat carrying the child’s shoe in its mouth, add comforting images to the warm family home. While a plethora of saccharine mother/child stories exist, this small selection has both sweetness and spunk. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: March 24th, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4169-7977-7
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2009