For Baby, morning begins when he stands up in his crib and spots both his beloved (and still sleeping) older sister and his favorite stuffed toy, Little Hup the Hippo. Several hours later, "A drink, a cuddle, a picture book, heavy eyes and a sleepy yawn," signal the end of the a.m. hours. In between, Baby's life is an idyll of cuddles and games, which Hindley (Do Like a Duck Does!) chronicles with an intriguing reportorial lilt ("Breakfast bowl/ and bib and cup./ A sister who hides/ to make him laugh"). The title question returns to introduce the next event on the busy schedule. There's one moment of high drama: Little Hup goes missing during playtime in the yard, but keen detective work by his big sister puts the universe to rights again, just in time for Baby's nap. Burroughes's (Tickle Monster) watercolor-and-pencil pictures portray familiar domestic scenes, but her crisp, Helen Oxenbury-like compositions and carefully restrained colors give the vignettes subtle energy and emotional depth. The illustrator often divides an incident into comic-style frames, so that a motherly cuddle or a tussle on the grass with Baby's father takes on an almost musical phrasing. The well-honed text and art beautifully serve the very young. Ages 2-4. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
A little boy's morning is filled with toys, breakfast, games, and lots of interaction with his mom, dad, and big sister. His favorite toy is Little Hup, the hippo. Each page lists the things that the baby sees or interacts with. The illustrations on each page are framed with multiple scenes that are busy with all of the objects that are mentioned in the text. Some of the text rhymes, but it is not consistent, so it does not create a rhythm that will engage a child to participate in the reading. The story goes through all of the activities of the morning, including when the little boy loses his baby hippo. It concludes with the baby taking his nap. This book would be good for a toddler to read with a parent and point out the different objects in the pictures as the story is read aloud. However, the pictures with their multiple frames might be confusing to very young children who would need adult guidance with the sequence of the pictures. 2004, Candlewick Press, Ages 2 to 4.
Marcie Flinchum Atkins
PreS-Soft illustrations, done in pencil and watercolor, complement Hindley's tender, rhythmic narrative. Baby and his favorite toy, Little Hup the hippo, share a familiar morning routine, but tragedy strikes when Little Hup gets lost under a tree. Then Baby's sister finds his toy and makes everything right again, just in time for his nap. Burroughes's gentle artwork is framed by pastel borders in changing hues-butter yellow for Baby's room, pink for the kitchen, green for the yard. This winsome book makes a good choice for naptime, laptime, or bedtime.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.