Ha Ha, Baby!

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Look at baby—today he is not laughing. In fact, he’s so grumpy there’s not even the ghost of a grin lighting up his face. Just what will it take to get this glaring little one to giggle? Will his mother’s tickle on the tummy work? Or when daddy makes him fly through the sky? What about all the dog’s special tricks? NO! But maybe big brother has the right answer….With colorful illustrations, a bouncy, jovial text, and a really irresistible infant in the middle of a meltdown, Ha Ha, Baby shows just how far a family...
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Overview

Look at baby—today he is not laughing. In fact, he’s so grumpy there’s not even the ghost of a grin lighting up his face. Just what will it take to get this glaring little one to giggle? Will his mother’s tickle on the tummy work? Or when daddy makes him fly through the sky? What about all the dog’s special tricks? NO! But maybe big brother has the right answer….With colorful illustrations, a bouncy, jovial text, and a really irresistible infant in the middle of a meltdown, Ha Ha, Baby shows just how far a family has to go to transform a scowl into a bright, happy smile.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1- "Today, our baby is not laughing," begins this slight story. Ma, Pa, Grandma, Grandpa, the dog, and the cat try, but none of them can make the child smile. Suddenly, "I came in." Predictably, "I" is an older sibling, the one who makes the baby laugh. The childlike pastel-outlined mixed-media illustrations feature a cast of characters with round heads, large round eyes, and shaggy hair. The women sport tiny, brightly colored bowlike lips, while the men have lines for mouths. Although the art is appealing enough, with plenty of white space and soft-edged characters, the seemingly random decision to dress Grandma as a fairy and Grandpa as a pirate is a bit strange. The text reads fairly smoothly, although some children may find the overuse of larger type for emphasis somewhat off-putting. Ultimately, the plot is so slight as to be almost nonexistent, the sudden change in point of view is jarring, and the story has been done many times before. For more successful treatments of ways to make a fussy baby smile, go with Phyllis Root's What Baby Wants (Candlewick, 1998), Frieda Wishinsky's Oonga Boonga (Dutton, 1999), or Cressida Cowell's What Shall We Do with the Boo-Hoo Baby? (Scholastic, 2000).-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

Kirkus Reviews
When baby stops laughing, his funny family assumes something's wrong. Immediately everyone tries to get him to crack a smile. Ma tickles baby's tummy and toes, but that just generates a scowl. Pa tosses baby in the air and flies him like a plane, but baby just glares. Grandma laughs and plays peek-a-boo, but baby just turns away. Grandpa blows bubbles to tease a laugh, but baby just harrumphs. The dog performs every trick he knows while the cat chases her tail in a circle, but baby just yawns. In the end, baby's big brother finds the perfect solution. Simple, colorful illustrations alternate between close-ups of the recalcitrant baby scowling, glaring, harrumphing, yawning and bawling and the hilarious antics of family members cajoling the grumpy infant to laugh. Indeed, Ma in red-and-white striped stockings, Pa in a fedora hat, Grandma in a fairy godmother costume and Grandpa in pirate togs should easily trigger laughs from little readers, even if baby refuses to smile. (Picture book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905417124
  • Publisher: Boxer Books
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2008

    AMAZING BOOK

    oh my goodness. i was with my girlfriends at barnes and noble, picking out books for eachothers children, and i absolutely LOVED this book. it stood out as one of those 'special finds'- fun for the whole family. I bought the book, and now my children love to watch the whole family re enact the story. I highly reccomend this book for someone looking for a genuinely amusing book for their children.

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