What Do You Want?

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Every now and then a perfect baby book appears. What Do You Want? is just such a book, with its simple text and beautiful illustrations by Sweden’s renowned author and illustrator Lars Klinting. We turn from page to page wondering what will come next, each time finding an answer that is a tiny bit unexpected, but also very satisfying. Babies will love this book with its familiar images and little surprises. Delightful in its simplicity, Klinting’s classic style shines in this timeless publication, reminiscent of...
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Overview


Every now and then a perfect baby book appears. What Do You Want? is just such a book, with its simple text and beautiful illustrations by Sweden’s renowned author and illustrator Lars Klinting. We turn from page to page wondering what will come next, each time finding an answer that is a tiny bit unexpected, but also very satisfying. Babies will love this book with its familiar images and little surprises. Delightful in its simplicity, Klinting’s classic style shines in this timeless publication, reminiscent of the Golden Age of the picture book.
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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
This Swedish import is a quiet charmer. On the opening page, kids see a delicately rendered rooster standing alone. "The rooster wants..." reads the caption, completed on the next page by "his hen," with artwork showing the affectionate pair of birds. This pattern continues throughout, but with twists to challenge children's thinking: The carriage wants its baby, and finally, the pillow wants its cheek. Not a bad way to end a book, especially at bedtime. (Ages Birth to 2)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2006
Children's Literature
What do you want? The rooster wants his hen. The teddy bear wants his friend. The chair wants its table. The foot wants it shoe and the hand wants its mitt. Turn each page to find out what will come next. Often it is obvious, but sometimes the pairings are a bit unexpected. The little old man wants his hat, but the little old woman wants her little old man! A delight from beginning to sweet bedtime ending. A simple story with captivating illustrations of everyday items (a single image on each creamy page), and an easy (but never babyish) vocabulary that is a perfect choice for the littlest book lovers. Recommended. 2006 (orig. 2003), Groundwood Books, Ages 1 to 3.
—Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal
PreS-This diminutive book is mesmerizing in its calm simplicity. Cream-colored pages provide the backdrop to clear, precise color illustrations that are executed with artistic aplomb. Each page holds a single image-a bird in flight, an ice-cream cone, a pair of love-struck chickens. This isn't a story; rather, it's a collection of statements defining the wants of both animate and inanimate objects. The format is the same throughout, effectively using the turn of the page to provide the suspense so that, "The bumblebee wants-its flower," "The hen wants-her chick," "The chair wants-its table." No culminating frame brings these disparate objects together; the book simply ends, as many do, with a sleeping child: "The pillow wants-its cheek." This title works both as a way of identifying commonly encountered items as well as a way for beginning readers to make connections between a part and what makes that part feel whole-be it the hat on the little old man's head or the shoe on a foot. A little bit of sweet magic is at work here.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
What do you want? The rooster wants his hen. The teddy bear wants his friend. The chair wants its table. The foot wants it shoe and the hand wants its mitt. Turn each page to find out what will come next. Often it is obvious, but sometimes the pairings are a bit unexpected. The little old man wants his hat, but the little old woman wants her little old man! A delight from beginning to sweet bedtime ending. A simple story with captivating illustrations of everyday items (a single image on each creamy page), and an easy (but never babyish) vocabulary that is a perfect choice for the littlest book lovers. Recommended. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780888996367
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publication date: 2/9/2006
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 1 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 6.76 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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