Baby Loves to Rock!

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Rock out with Baby in this playful board book that showcases various animals and their favorite musical styles!

The skunk loves punk…
The weasel likes to pop…
But who loves to rock?

Humorous text and colorful illustrations fill the jammin’ pages of Baby Loves to Rock! Rife with funny puns and rhymes about a variety of comical animals ...

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Overview

Rock out with Baby in this playful board book that showcases various animals and their favorite musical styles!

The skunk loves punk…
The weasel likes to pop…
But who loves to rock?

Humorous text and colorful illustrations fill the jammin’ pages of Baby Loves to Rock! Rife with funny puns and rhymes about a variety of comical animals enjoying different genres of music, this board book is sure to delight music fans of all ages.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kirwan departs from the soft retro style of her earlier books to deploy an in-your-face aesthetic that’s just right for this pun-filled celebration of music. Each page shows off animals’ musical preferences (“The skunk loves punk”) and talents (“The hummingbirds don’t know the words./ But the owl can screech!”), while the question “But who loves to rock?” reappears as a shouted refrain. Title aside, the best clue to the answer comes near the end, when a tiny hand emerges from off-page, simultaneously grasping a rattle and making a two-fingered devil’s horns salute like a Gene Simmons in training. Rock on, little ones. Ages 1–4. Agent: Tugeau 2. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The focus of this book is music as in rock ?n roll. But for the babies who are the targets of this board book, a lot of the puns/humor will not be appreciated. You would need to know more about music and rhyme. For example, "the skunks love punk." So you would need to know that punk rock is a form of music. "The weasel likes pop" is really a double entendre. In one case it refers to the song Pop Goes the Weasel but pop is also a form of rock music. The Fox likes to trot and the opossums who like swing harken back to both earlier forms of dance music. The tune changes after a spread asks "Who loves to rock?" And a variety of animals are shown drumming, playing the harmonica, humming, screeching, etc. The jokes like "The Lamb has chops!" and "The cats are all cool." will certainly go over the heads of babies and young readers. The real audience is older adults, and in this case perhaps grandparents who might be reading the book to young children. As a reviewer, I question its appeal to babies, but have no doubt that older generations will find it quite amusing. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Kirkus Reviews
Various animals and one baby show off their musical talents. With one sentence per page and puns that are a mix of the clever and the groan-worthy, the text shares the type of music each creature prefers: "The skunk loves punk. / The weasel likes to pop." The spreads depict the critters engaging in music-related activities and sporting appropriate clothing, accessories and instruments. The highly saturated, slickly retro cartoons have a playful energy and truly pop against solid-color backgrounds with black panels at the bottom for the text. A double-page spread appears at three different intervals asking a variation of "But who really loves to rock?" in a graphic, bold type. On the last two pages, readers learn that "Baby loves to rock, rock, ROCK!" An exuberant infant with oversize eyes appears on a rocking horse, in a cradle and then finally "rocking out" on an electric guitar. While there are ingenious moments in the words and the visuals, all of it is going to go over the heads of babies and toddlers. This is one of those board books that is more for the grown-up readers than the children themselves. Kirwan's style is energetic and enjoyable, and here's hoping she can find more developmentally appropriate material. (Board book. 1-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442459892
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 320,802
  • Age range: 1 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Wednesday Kirwan is a graduate of Kansas City Art Institute and an award-winning children’s illustrator and fine artist. Her illustrations are inspired by the children she’s worked with as an elementary school art teacher and as an educator at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, California. Wednesday lives in San Francisco, California.

Wednesday Kirwan is a graduate of Kansas City Art Institute and an award-winning children’s illustrator and fine artist. Her illustrations are inspired by the children she’s worked with as an elementary school art teacher and as an educator at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, California. Wednesday lives in San Francisco, California.

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