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Hello Baby!

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by Mem Fox, Steve Jenkins
     
 

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A playful favorite from Mem Fox is now a Classic Board Book!

After meeting a bevy of baby animals—including a clever monkey, a hairy warthog, and a dusty lion cub—the baby in this story discovers the most precious creature of all…itself, of course!

With an exuberant rhyming text by bestselling author Mem Fox and adorable cut-paper

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A playful favorite from Mem Fox is now a Classic Board Book!

After meeting a bevy of baby animals—including a clever monkey, a hairy warthog, and a dusty lion cub—the baby in this story discovers the most precious creature of all…itself, of course!

With an exuberant rhyming text by bestselling author Mem Fox and adorable cut-paper illustrations by Caldecott-Honor recipient Steve Jenkins, this book is an irresistible celebration of the joyful connection between parent and child. Now available for the first time as a Classic Board Book, this story is perfect for the youngest readers!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Like her Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Fox's newest has all the marks of a lap-sit classic. In mellifluous motherese, the narrator poses a series of playful questions to a baby: "Are you a monkey with clever toes?/ Perhaps you're a porcupine, twitching its nose." After 11 more such guesses (featuring such animal faves as the gecko, the hippo and the warthog), the narrator finally gets it right: "Wait, let me guess-Are you my treasure? The answer is... Yes!" While Fox is cooing as only she can, Jenkins (What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?) works his usual magic with cut paper. In many of his large-scale closeups-the images spill across and off the spreads-his subjects' big, expressive eyes seem locked in a gaze with the reader. Ingeniously stylized shapes (like the coils of gray paper that form an elephant's trunk) combine with sumptuous detailing that brings alive the parade of scales, fur and feathers. Ages 3-5. (May)

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Children's Literature - Meagan Albright
Mem Fox, one of the go-to authors of perfect picture books for story time and for sharing with the youngest of book lovers, has a new classic with her latest title, Hello Baby! The playful, rhythmic text takes the reader on a journey of baby African animals, all beautifully brought to rich, sumptuous life by the art of Caldecott-honor illustrator Steve Jenkins. Jenkins' art is perfect for sharing, both at the slight distance found at story time and pored over by individual readers. The combination of Jenkins' simple, colorful, detailed art and the enchanting sparse cadence of Fox's words make Hello Baby! a delightful addition to any young reader's collection. The arena of children's picture books about baby animals is crowded and highly competitive for a reason—this topic is immensely appealing to young children and Fox's new book is easily this year's best in this genre. This book is highly recommended for purchase by public libraries. Reviewer: Meagan Albright
School Library Journal

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Fox's rhyming text is pure fun. In a layout reminiscent of Bill Martin, Jr.'s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Holt, 1983), an unseen narrator says, "Hello, baby!/Who are you?" and the speculated answers range from the familiar elephant to an exotic gecko. "Are you a zebra/sipping a drink?/Perhaps you're an owl/with a wicked wink." A spread near the end of the book provides an opportunity to name the baby animals by looking at their silhouettes. Jenkins's beautifully shaded and textured collages are stand-alone works of art, each of which holds its own with Fox's engaging cadences. This collaboration results in a lovely read-aloud for preschool storytimes or a perfect selection for one-on-one sharing.-Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO

Kirkus Reviews
A warm authorial voice asks baby, "Who are you?" and a parade of potential animals follows. Rhyming questions introduce furry and scaly candidates, creating an irresistible call-and-response, conversational reading experience. Young readers will surely answer each erroneous guess with an emphatic, enthusiastic "Noooo . . . !" Jenkins's vibrant cut- and torn-paper close-ups of exotic animals appear on double-page spreads of ample white space, giving readers room to thoroughly consider both illustrations and text. Vivid swaths of color and texture capture elephant wrinkles, crinkly gecko skin and even warthog whiskers. A small, full-body silhouette of each animal appears as well, providing a glimpse of the creature in motion. Fox's original language offers equally strong depictions of wildlife. She all but animates the stellar illustrations: A monkey fidgets with "clever" toes, a crocodile sits "silent and scary" and an owl gives readers a "wicked wink." Anticipation builds as baby waits for the right answer, which comes as a sweet finish on the final page. This picture book brims with fascinating animals, brilliant words and engaging artwork; it begs for cozy nightly readings. (Picture book. Newborn-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416985136
Publisher:
Beach Lane Books
Publication date:
05/05/2009
Edition description:
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
509,729
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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