Introducing the coolest baby book ever! My Really Cool Baby Book is the first baby book designed with today's busy parents and alternative families in mind. Illustrated with Todd Parr's trademark bright colors and irresistible characters, this easy-to-use guide features multiple choice questions, fill-in-the-blanks, and checklists for baby and parent (including single, same-sex, and adoptive parents) to complete together. In addition to pages for commemorating baby's first words, handprint, footprint, and lock of...
Introducing the coolest baby book ever! My Really Cool Baby Book is the first baby book designed with today's busy parents and alternative families in mind. Illustrated with Todd Parr's trademark bright colors and irresistible characters, this easy-to-use guide features multiple choice questions, fill-in-the-blanks, and checklists for baby and parent (including single, same-sex, and adoptive parents) to complete together. In addition to pages for commemorating baby's first words, handprint, footprint, and lock of hair, this innovative book also offers families a chance to record funny baby memories such as "first burp," "silly faces," "special features" (dimple, outie belly button), and more. Plus, there's a growth chart and 50 colorful stickers inside!
Welcome your little one to the world with a whimsical scrapbook of memories. This colorful, quirky book is made for babies and parents (including single, same-sex, and adoptive parents) to fill in and look at together. Illustrated with Todd Parr's trademark bright colors and zany characters, My Really Cool Baby Book allows you to add photos, record funny baby memories, answer descriptive questions, and more -- all to help you relive your child's first year as a baby. Plus, there's a cool growth chart and 50 colorful stickers inside.
- Publisher's Weekly
Another way to celebrate a new addition, My Really Cool Baby Book by Todd Parr, boasts Parr's signature neon-bright colors, energetic humor (e.g., "Here is a picture of me as a baby I'm so cute!") and consideration of children's feelings (there are pages for adopted children and stepfamily members). The oversize, square format provides plenty of room for photos, cards and for noting favorite nicknames, toys and songs. A 36" growth chart records the baby's progress from "teeny tiny" (pictured as a fish) to "BIG!" (signified by a giraffe), and stickers aplenty will liven up the pages. ( Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Even if you have never seen one of his books, you may already be familiar with Todd Parr's work from seeing bedding or toys emblazoned with his bold, colorful art. With his positive, slyly humorous picture books, Parr encourages toddlers and preschools to embrace their individuality and communicate what they feel. It's nearly impossible to look at his pages and not smile, no matter what age you are.
Author/illustrator Todd Parr is the poster child for perseverance. Growing up in Wyoming, he knew he wanted to be an artist, but he met with rejection at almost every turn. In school, his drawings and paintings were considered childish and simplistic. He even failed his high school art course for not meeting class standards. As a result, for many years he lacked the self-confidence to pursue his dreams. Then, when he finally mustered the resolve to begin painting in earnest, his work was turned down by dozens of galleries.
Yet, in spite of these roadblocks, Parr persisted. He arranged a small showing of his paintings at Wolfgang Puck's San Francisco restaurant Postrio. A buyer for Macy's West saw his canvases and encouraged him to design a line of merchandise for the store. Then, in 1998, Parr's bold, colorful style caught the eye of Little Brown agent Megan Tingley, who approached him to write children's books. The rest, as they say, is publishing history.
Unlike other children's authors, Parr is not a traditional storyteller; yet his bookswith their positive, reassuring messages about acceptance, self-confidence, and diversityhave become enormously popular. In bestsellers like The Family Book, We Belong Together and It's Okay to Be Different, he encourage preschoolers to be themselves, to express their feelings, and to celebrate what makes each of them unique.
But it is his artworkcheerful stick figures rendered in bright, neon colors and outlined boldly in blackthat makes Parr one of the most recognized names in the world of children's literature. The same simplicity of technique that once drew criticism has proved to be his most bankable commodity. His work has been displayed in the windows of FAO Schwartz, his products are sold worldwide, and he has won awards for his books and for his preschool television show ToddWorld. Pretty good for a kid who was thrown out of high school art class!
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Not all of Parr's fans are eight and underteens in Japan reportedly swamped the author on his book tour, bringing rice cookers and surfboards for signing.
Before he began his career as a children's author, Parr was a flight attendant for United Airlines.
Parr's first job was working at Taco Time for $1 an hour at age 11. "I was going to own my own someday," he said in an interview with Barnes & Noble.com. "I still love tacos. :)"
Parr gives special credit to his family for their support: "I have a very special family," he told Barnes & Noble.com. "They never really understood me, but encouraged me to go after everything I wanted even when we did not agree. As I now realizethis takes a lot of love to do."
Parr has no formal art training.
He was flabbergasted when he was approached to write children's books. "I can't even spell," he told us, "so the idea of being an 'author' never entered my mind!" Once he realized this would not be an obstacle, it cleared the way for him to focus on his artwork and the messages behind it.
When asked what kind of advice he would give to kids who want to be artists, here's what Parr told us: Believe in yourself. Art is art even if no one else likes what you do. If it makes you happy, stay with it. Don't give up. And surround yourself with your work to remind yourself of what makes you feel good.
The message behind my work stemmed somewhat from my childhood because it was not okay for me to be who I was. I did not conform to the "norm" or want to be like everyone else. Things have not changed that much for kids today either; it seems harder for them. So in the process of doing what I'm doing in my workenjoying my life and being happyif I can help someone, especially kids, learn to believe in themselves, accept others, and learn not to hate, then maybe someone's life will be a little easier and maybe their dreams a little closer to coming true."