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Baby Faces


Every spread in this adorable interactive board book features the smiling face of a different baby. Pull the tabs and see the babies' faces change expression just like yours, as they chew, wink, sneeze, and more!
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Every spread in this adorable interactive board book features the smiling face of a different baby. Pull the tabs and see the babies' faces change expression just like yours, as they chew, wink, sneeze, and more!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This sweet board book features five close-up portraits by Newton of cherubic babies’ faces that change expressions when tabs are pulled. A baby with brown hair and green overalls closes his eyes (“Baby’s eyes can wink and blink”); a blonde baby girl’s hair blows “to and fro” in the wind; and a third baby sticks out his tongue. Loehr’s simple verse and Newton’s rosy-cheeked babies, set against patterned pastel backdrops, offer a concise introduction to parts of the face and what they are capable of. Up to age 3. (May)
Children's Literature - Linda Creibaum
These interactive pictures of happy babies blink, stick out their tongue, and chew. One little girl's hair "blows" in the wind and a little boy sneezes. The round-faced baby illustrations are complemented with a simple rhyme and the pictures are cheerful with a mix of girl and boy faces. Unfortunately the words sometimes do not reflect the action in the pictures, which make for a less than perfect teaching tool. For instance, while one page says the baby can wink and blink, only blinking is shown. Parents may feel obliged to explain why the pictures do not match the words or to correct the words to match the pictures, reducing what could be a charming book. Pull the clearly marked tab at the bottom of the page to show the action described. The pull tabs are sturdy and I suspect they may last longer than those on many interactive books.
Kirkus Reviews
There's not enough visual variation in these babies' faces to cause many smiles to break out. This brief review of babies' facial features presents individual spreads that each focus on a different body part, with a corresponding movable tab. Dry phrases fail to energize the concept--"When the wind begins to blow, / Baby's hair goes to and fro"--and descriptions lack depth ("Baby's tongue is very pink"). Initially beguiling, the babies' expressions take on a certain sameness, resulting in a bland presentation. All eyes point upward, looking above and beyond the audience, forgoing any natural connection between viewers and the depicted child. The tabs' colors blend into the background, making some of them hard to find. There is also difficulty in manipulation of the flimsy design; some devices require significant jostling. The effectiveness of each example varies; the tongue barely moves while eyes clearly wink and blink. The offering proves not durable enough to withstand repeat viewings. This fails to bring life to the impressive real-life range of tots' mannerisms. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375870316
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Pages: 12
  • Sales rank: 643,512
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Not only is MALLORY LOEHR a talented children's book author, she's also editor in chief of Random House Children's Books and the editor for both the bestselling Magic Tree House series and Tamora Pierce's Tortall books. Her most recent book for young readers was Dragon Egg.

VANESSA BRANTLEY NEWTON is a mom, a writer, and the illustrator of several books for children. She lives in New Jersey with her husband Ray, daughter Zoe, and two crazy cats, Kirby and Stripes.

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