Baby! Baby!

So many board books are just wrong—adaptations of popular selling books with too much text or ooey-gooey parent sensibilities. Friends, board books have a distinct place in the children’s literature canon and “Baby! Baby!” (Random House, $6.99) has earned its place. Why? Because author Vicky Ceelen has taken a very simple concept and conveyed it in photographs. It will be mesmerizing to babies and toddlers and a lot of fun for mom and dad, too. All Ceelen does is present a variety of baby expressions and poses and pair them with an animal in a similar pose. The typical newborn with legs curled up really does look like a frog when you think about it. There is striking symmetry between a child and a chimp trying to fit all fingers and maybe a whole hand into their mouths. Small children love to look at photographs of people and they adore animals. This one will be requested, studied, and chewed on, just as a board book should be!

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