PreS-Gr 2-When Mr. and Mrs. Goodparents ask their son what he would like for his birthday, Mikie requests a gift that is "big, strong, soft, sweet and warm." It should also "rock from side to side, make him fly, make him laugh, and last a very loooong time." The perplexed parents try to imagine what it might be, but they can't come up with a thing. As they try to explain the problem to their son, the difficulties are resolved by a "big, soft, strong, sweet, warm hug" that rocks from side to side, makes Mikie laugh and fly, and lasts a long time-just what the little boy wanted. The simple text is carried by Montserrat's bold cartoon illustrations. Strong black line sets off the simple geometric shapes of which the graphics are composed. The layout, double-page spreads with gatefolds on the right that show what the parents think their son wants, enhances the book's charm. When Mikie asks for something warm, for example, the foldout page reveals a smokestack. Listeners will enjoy trying to guess what Mikie wants as each adjective is added. Use this with Barbara Joosse's Mama, Do You Love Me (Chronicle, 1991) and Margery Flack's classic Ask Mr. Bear (Macmillan, 1968) for a touching look at the love between parent and child.-Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.