In this amiable tall tale, Hawkes (Library Lion) introduces a Paul Bunyan-esque baby who wreaks havoc with lobster pots and playfully blows sailboats across a bay. On "the snowiest day of the year,"an overloaded stork struggles to deliver an enormous parcel to Maine. The next spread shows a plump, gargantuan infant arm reaching across a hospital room as baby's Toddie's new parents and three siblings gape. "Uncle Bert whistled, 'That's a wicked big toddlah ya got theyah, Jessie!' " Subsequent spreads visualize Toddie's early months with his doting family in the Maine woods. He comes home from the hospital on a flatbed truck, dressed in an enormous red onesie and "booties that Mimmie Newcomb had knitted for him" (shellshocked Mimmie has wrapped her hands in bandages after her knitting ordeal). At diaper-changing time, family members don white toxic-cleanup jumpsuits and man a fire hose out on the lawn. Soon Toddie learns to speak and greets his relatives "in his biggest Maine voice," saying, "hihowaahya?!!" Kid-pleasing scenes imagine Toddie bathing in the bay with fishing boats as toys, devouring an entire ice cream truck and being covered in fresh maple syrup after squeezing a tree trunk (and getting forest creatures, tin buckets, lumberjacks and relatives stuck to himself in the process). Hawkes's droll paintings capture the state's changing seasons and crisp blue skies, while poking affectionate fun at rural living: the family bookshelf covers "Huntin'," "Fishin' " and "Sailin'," and many locals sport red-and-black hunting caps with earflaps. Readers needn't be from Maine to revel in the regional colloquialisms and slapstick gags that invigorate this larger-than-life story.Ages 4-8. (June)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
The Wicked Big Toddlahby Kevin Hawkes
Absolutely nothing exciting happens in Maine . . . nothing, that is, except for the birth of one giant baby. "That's one wicked big toddlah you got there!" exclaims Uncle Bert . . . and so Toddie is named.Toddie's a baby just like any other . . . sort of. The thing is, he's big—really big. That means really big diapers, really big teeth, really big everything. From new booties that wear out the knitter to a bath in the ocean (it's fun to play with boats!), Toddie goes through all the stages of baby's first year . . . it's just a little different for Toddie.Kids will laugh out loud as they see Toddie get into more and more trouble. . . it's time for giant laughs all around!
One snowy day in Maine, the stork delivers an enormous newborn to an astounded family. Narrated in a laconic New Englander's style by his sister, this episodic look at the gigantic baby's first year of life is milked for every ounce of its illustrative worth. Diaper changing requires hazmat suits, fire hoses, and talcum powder dispensed via helicopter; knitting hats and booties for the nipper sends a kindly lady with bandaged hands into catatonia; real boats become the toys in each ocean bath, and eating ice cream means swallowing the truck as well as its wares. Each lush spread in Hawkes's characteristic style uses space and perspective to particular advantage as it focuses on the wicked big toddlah. The many bits of visual humor will keep youngsters poring back and forth over the pages. Though the plot is thin, the sheer exuberance of the pictures and title character will keep children's imaginations stoked with the big-time possibilities of life as a giant.
Marge Loch-WoutersCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Meet the Author
Kevin Hawkes is the illustrator of many well-loved books for young readers, including My Little Sister Ate One Hare, My Little Sister Hugged an Ape, both by Bill Grossman, and And to Think that We Thought that We'd Never Be Friends by Mary Ann Hoberman. This is the second picture book that he has both written and illustrated. He lives in Gorham, Maine.
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The title should be "How to Take Care of a Giant Baby". That's the basis of every page, giving you a look at what it would be like to take care of a huge toddler. The illustrations helped the book immensely by involving everyone ones way of helping in every scene. Set in Maine, some of the story is driven by culture there, from boats, to making syrup, and even a reference to the accent. All in all, it's cute, but not one of my favorite books. I would recommend it especially to families getting ready to add another child. Older children will appreciate the correlation to how much work a baby can be and how they change our lives. I love children's books, and hate not being able to give a better recommendation. It's a good book, but not what I was looking for. The ending was a bit disapointing, in that there wasn't really one. Each page was a look into a different aspect from feeding, changing diapers, bed time, play time, etc.
Maine. Giant babies. What more could a 2 year old want?