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Everybody Was a Baby Once: and Other Poems

by Bruce Ingman
     
 

The irresistible duo of Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman return with an original collection of wry and playful poems for young readers.

They’re back! The inspired creators of THE RUNAWAY DINNER and THE PENCIL serve up a shouting, screaming, smiling, whistling, playing, chasing, rhyming romp. Nineteen impishly illustrated poems present a unique cast of

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The irresistible duo of Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman return with an original collection of wry and playful poems for young readers.

They’re back! The inspired creators of THE RUNAWAY DINNER and THE PENCIL serve up a shouting, screaming, smiling, whistling, playing, chasing, rhyming romp. Nineteen impishly illustrated poems present a unique cast of babies and witches, sausages and robbers, and a few favorite nursery-rhyme characters sure to entice everybody who ever was a baby.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sue Poduska
In the tradition of Ogden Nash and Maurice Sendak, this collection of rhyming verses has something for everyone. As a read-aloud, it gives small children a lot to listen to: rhythm, word play, humor, and the unexpected. For example, "Monster breakfast/ What's to eat?/ Tadpole toasties/ Dreaded wheat." As a reader for an older child, it reinforces language development as a fun activity. "With scaly skin and curly comb/ The Lizard Man is coming home." Even adults will get a laugh from the lighthearted verse. "A woman to her son did utter/ 'Go, my son, and shut the shutter.'/ 'The shutter's shut,' the son did utter/ 'I cannot shut it any shutter.'" The illustrations are lively and colorful and add a lot to the text. They present a great variety of characters including Dirty Bill, monsters, elephants, witches, and babies. The illustrator brings all these characters together on several pages with lively color. The scenes showing the snow storm, the starry night, and the town are particularly striking. Reviewer: Sue Poduska
Publishers Weekly
From the creators of The Pencil, these 19 poems cover whimsical territory and feature kids, angels, sausages, and monsters, rendered in kinetic, childlike sketches. A few poems strike nostalgic, melancholy notes (“We are the old dolls/ Losing our hair/ Hats and dresses/ The worse for wear”), but most are upbeat, with gently jazzy rhythms, like the title poem: “Everybody was a baby once/ Everybody was a baby once/ Everybody went to beddy/ With a little furry teddy.” The Lilliputian cast and memorable verse could make this a dog-eared favorite. Ages 2–up. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763646820
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
03/09/2010
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Allan Ahlberg is the acclaimed author of numerous picture books, including three prior titles illustrated by Bruce Ingman. His best-known series, THE JOLLY POSTMAN and its sequels, has sold over five million copies worldwide. He lives in Bath, England.

Bruce Ingman is the award-winning illustrator of PREVIOUSLY, THE RUNAWAY DINNER, and THE PENCIL by Allan Ahlberg and BOING! by Sean Taylor. He lives in London.

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