Baby Baby Blah Blah Blah! by Jonathan Shipton and Francesca Chessa
|Baby Baby Blah Blah Blah! by Jonathan Shipton and Francesca Chessa|
|Genre: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Keith Dudhnath|
|Summary: A great look at what to expect with a new baby on the way. It's not dry and worthy, and is still recommended regardless of your personal circumstances. It's got a warm heart and a jolly sense of humour.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 24||Date: March 2010|
|Publisher: Gullane Children's Books|
|External links: Author's website|
Emily loves making lists. When her mummy gets pregnant, Emily makes a list of all the good things about a new baby, and another list of all the bad things. Emily's worried that she's going to have to wear babygros to school and eat left-over squish. Her daddy decides to set her straight about what a new baby will mean.
Any young child with a new brother or sister on the way will absolutely love Baby Baby Blah Blah Blah! It helps ease any obvious worries that the child may have, as well as putting the issue on the table so the child can completely feel comfortable with it. However, it's not a dull and worthy here's what to expect book. There's a strong core story, which any child, regardless of circumstances, will love to hear.
Francesca Chessa's illustrations suit the feel of the book perfectly. You could almost imagine Emily had drawn the pictures herself - I mean that in a good way! There's a child-like directness to them, which the young readers will identify with. There's also a deeper quality to them, which shines through on every page, and makes it a real joy to read through.
The vocabulary is punchy and interesting, which keeps the story ticking along beautifully. At the same time, it's clear and accessible, so young children of any age will lap up the tale. If you've got a baby on the way, add on an extra half star to the rating. If you don't, it's still a great story, with a warm heart and a jolly sense of humour. Recommended.
My thanks to the publishers for sending it to Bookbag.
I Want a Sister (Little Princess) by Tony Ross is another great book if you've got a baby on the way. Where's My Cuddle? by James Mayhew is ideal for children who are starting to feel that they're not babies anymore. For a sweet tale with babies as the central characters, you'll love Babies Love Books by Catherine Anholt and Laurence Anholt.
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