"Lucy Scott perfectly conveys the chaotic beauty of a young child's imagination and creativity. The vibrant illustrations and simplistic yet insightful text give the reader a true sense of seeing life through the eyes of a toddler and can't help but make you smile at their curious adventures. Busy Busy is a lovely debut and I very much look forward to Ms. Scott's future creations!" - Soraya Silverman-Montano, Youth Services Librarian, Las Vegas-Clark County.
"Busy Busy captures in stunningly detailed illustrations the glory that is an energetic toddler. Kids will adore seeing what a mess the nameless busy, busy narrator can make in this quirky, fun book."
Martha Pettit, Folio Books
"In the delightful BUSY BUSY parents are sure to recognize their own child, whether she is an explorer, an architect, a master chef, or just plain tired.”
Jim Averbeck, author of One Word from Sophia
"Busy, busy, fun, fun!"
"In Doodle Diary of a New Mom, Scott documented some of parenthood’s more challenging moments, from breast-feeding in graffiti-filled bathroom stalls to date nights that involve passing out on the sofa. In her first children’s book, she shows why all that effort is worth it. Parents are nowhere in sight as a toddler with floppy brown hair, peach skin, and gray overalls recounts her “busy busy day” in narration that gives a strong sense of the largeness of the girl’s imaginative world. “I built a city!” she announces as her stuffed animals perch on tall towers of blocks. “I cooked lunch for ten!” she says while she stirs pots in her play kitchen before a crowd of plush toys. The artwork is lovely from start to finish; Scott’s illustrations have a delicacy and precision reminiscent of Helen Oxenbury’s work. Telling, true-to-life details, such as the row of pillows serving as a path across “a river full of crocodiles” and the cat retreating from the cacophony of the child’s one-girl band, will resonate with children and parents alike."
"Busy Busy!" is a mind-boggling portrait of a day in the life of an active, imaginative, creative, especially busy toddler. The warmly detailed color illustrations reveal exactly how challenging keeping up with such a busy child can be! Kids will adore picking out the telling details in every page, even the colored text for the last sentence of each page of text: "I had a Busy Busy Day!" Only a truly talented child can create quite so much daily chaos while happily exploring her world of toys and play in her Busy, Busy day. Adult readers will imagine in profound detail exactly how tiring and challenging it could be to supervise and care for a child as imaginative and busy as this little girl. After painting the floor with pictures, smearing spaghetti on her stuffed animals, strewing her mother's jewelry about the place, making delightful sounds with noisy music/percussion instruments, and playing in the jungle with more stuffed animals, the little girl scrubs at a particularly dirty penguin in her bath until she finally falls asleep riding a (toy) camel across a sandy desert, interrupting her last "Busy bzzzzzzzzzzz)" to drift in dreamland with an underwater fantasy show. "Busy Busy!" is absolutely top notch for children's bedtime reading (and incidentally parent survival manual) kudos.
Midwest Book Review
"A sleepy girl tells readers about her busy, busy day. Each page shows the behavior of free play, the unobstructed view of imagination, discovery, and fun. The adventure begins with breakfast as she eats at the zoo, builds a city out of LEGO blocks, and paints all the things she knows: “I drew Mommy. Then I painted Daddy, then Rosie the Pussycat
.and a horse (which was tricky).” At lunch she plays with her kitchen set as she cooks for all of her 10 stuffed animals, realizing “I barely had time to eat my own lunch!“ With the help of her stuffed animals and cats (sometimes unwilling companions), she learns about how socks work, putting them on her cat’s tail and even trying on her daddy’s sock, which “made a nice hat but it was a bit smelly.” After a long day, and a clean bath, she falls asleep and we visit her dreams with tropical fish and a fun submarine adventure. The endpapers are cleverly covered with scribbles of a toddler, reminding us of the boundless, vivid world of a young child’s day. The digitally created illustrations bring the child’s imagination to life. VERDICT A sweet story to share one-on-one with a special, busy child. Recommended for most public library collections."
Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI, School Library Journal
"Busy Busy does a wonderful job representing a perfect toddler day; illustrating a typical day. The toddler is a good role model as she surrounds herself with friends, treating them nicely despite some of their behavior. She also shows kids how to entertain themselves. The toddler starts her day slumped over her camel, “just having a little rest.” This is no surprise given her exuberant day. I love how the toddler as narrator brings the story full circle by returning to the slumped position on her “camel” ending with the words “Busy Buszzzzzzz. . .” and then finding herself safely tucked in bed and imaginatively dreaming aboard an enormous and quite unusual submarine."
"This is a story about a toddler girl who is very busy during the day. She dresses up her animals with socks, eats a snack at the zoo, and builds cities for her bear, zebra, and dog using building blocks. The little girl makes very messy pictures; her mom only likes the pictures she makes on the art paper, not the ones on the floor! She cooks pretend lunch for her animals. In fact, she cooks so much, she barely has time to eat her own lunch! The little girl pretends to cross a river filled with hungry crocodiles. She has to be very brave to carry all of her animal friends across the river before the crocodiles eat them all!
The funniest part of this book is when the little girl is making music that she thinks the cat likes, but he really does not like the loud noise, so he walks away! The toddler uses her imagination a lot and has fun, but she is also messy and noisy! I would be so tired if I was that busy during the day!"
Kids Book Buzz
Toddler-PreS—A sleepy girl tells readers about her busy, busy day. Each page shows the behavior of free play, the unobstructed view of imagination, discovery, and fun. The adventure begins with breakfast as she eats at the zoo, builds a city out of LEGO blocks, and paints all the things she knows: "I drew Mommy. Then I painted Daddy, then Rosie the Pussycat….and a horse (which was tricky)." At lunch she plays with her kitchen set as she cooks for all of her 10 stuffed animals, realizing "I barely had time to eat my own lunch!" With the help of her stuffed animals and cats (sometimes unwilling companions), she learns about how socks work, putting them on her cat's tail and even trying on her daddy's sock, which "made a nice hat but it was a bit smelly." After a long day, and a clean bath, she falls asleep and we visit her dreams with tropical fish and a fun submarine adventure. The endpapers are cleverly covered with scribbles of a toddler, reminding us of the boundless, vivid world of a young child's day. The digitally created illustrations bring the child's imagination to life. VERDICT A sweet story to share one-on-one with a special, busy child. Recommended for most public library collections.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI
A day in the life of a busy, busy toddler. Spread by busy spread, Scott provides a first-person overview of a brown-haired, pale-skinned child's play-filled day. In an unusual move, the book opens with a nighttime scene of the weary, pajama-clad child denying that she is sleepy, and then it moves into a retrospective narration of her day. The colorful, playful, digital illustrations burst with the joy she takes in painting, feeding her many stuffed animals, building with blocks, and so on. The catchy refrain "I had a Busy Busy day!" concludes each double-page spread, but the text ultimately suffers a bit from its adoption of the first person, since some lines seem forced and aimed over the heads of children or else unnecessary. For example, the line "Mommy said she loved the paintings that were on paper but didn't like the ones on the floor so much" might have been more effective and funnier had it ended with the word "paper," since the illustration makes plain that there is abundant painting on the floor. The illustrations, however, don't miss a beat in conveying the child's experience. At book's end, the nighttime scene that opened the book returns, but this time the child drifts off to sleep, and readers are rewarded with two concluding double-page spreads revealing her fantastical dreamscapes. Busy, busy, fun, fun! (Picture book. 2-4)