Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Patricelli has a collection of board books (Big Little, Quiet Loud, and Yummy Yucky), all of which feature a young diapered lad with one lock spiraling up from the middle of his head. What I would consider unacceptable behavior is depicted on the page with "NO no" while appropriate actions are shown on the opposing page with the words "Yes yes." This toddler is shown pouring food over his head, picking his nose, eating dog food, filling the toilet with toys, pulling the cat's tail, and engaging in more bad behavior. Parents may want to think twice about sharing this book since their toddlers may not have thought of some of these negative actions prior to seeing them on the printed page. Not a book that suits all tastes. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS- Two appealing concept books. In Baby Happy Baby Sad , the familiar diaper-clad youngster moves through opposing emotions on each spread, happy while holding a balloon, but sad when it flies away; happy running naked, but sad bundled in a snowsuit. In No No Yes Yes , the child encounters familiar toddler activities both the right way ("Yes Yes," which shows baby eating a banana and the dog eating from its bowl) and the wrong way ("No No," showing baby sampling the dog food). The delightful and amusing acrylic illustrations tell the story in both titles. Baby's activities will be familiar to toddlers, who can actually "read" the pictures and chime in themselves. The concepts ring as clear as a bell even for the youngest of listeners.-Richelle Roth, Wilmington Public Library, OH
Patricelli's trademark one-haired imp gets into and out of trouble, grinning all the while. On the left-hand page, Baby scrawls on wall (and dog): "No, no;" on the right-hand page, the artistic efforts confine themselves to paper: "Yes, yes," and so on. Dark outlines against vivid backgrounds make Baby's antics pop off the page. The monosyllabic two-word text-so familiar to babies-milks each situation for all its worth. A solid companion to the author/illustrator's other baby books.