Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Book theme: General (see also headings under Social Themes)
Author: Rebecca O'Connell
Street Date: September 1, 2010
Item Number (DPCI): 248-48-0672
Publishers Weekly Wilson-Max transforms O'Connell's onomatopoeic baby sounds into the rhythmic accompaniment to a toddler's daily routine. He begins with the endpapers, portraying the baby in his or her car seat with its own steering wheel, on which "the baby goes Beep" as the father drives. For the most part, the artist's paintings effortlessly connect the scenes, as the baby goes from car to house "beep beep[ing]" the father's nose. When "the baby goes Splash," using a spoon to send food flying over high chair, bib and face, the artist makes a smooth transition to the tub on the next spread, where "the baby goes Splash Splash Splash Splash"; whale, frog, ducks, ball and boat float merrily alongside the now squeaky-clean star. After a "Smooch" goodnight, the baby goes "Shh" in the crib alongside a tuckered out mother and father. But the parting scene shows that Baby is just getting started (standing up, wide awake in the crib). All babies will recognize the important elements of their day in these energetic scenes, and should chime right in with the familiar sounds. Booklist From playtime to mealtime, bath time to bedtime, the active toddler in this on-target picture book punctuates a day's activities with beeps, booms, splashes, and other irresistible words. Using bouncy text ("The baby goes Yum / The baby goes Yum Yum / The baby goes Yum Yum Yum Yum"), O'Connell plays on the delighted repetition and experimentation that are hallmarks of language development. Seasoned illustrator Wilson-Max, whose saturated colors and sturdy black outlines have earned him a following among toddlers and preschoolers, humorously extends O'Connell's words; in one scene, enthusiastic "beeps" inspired by acar ride are followed by impish beeps as the baby honks Dad's nose. With its exuberant mood and bold, playfully varied fonts, this celebration of noisiness makes for an ideal participatory storytime. It also gives silence its due; on the last spread, a wide-awake baby shushes itself to let tuckered-out parents catch some Zs. School Library Journal PreSchool-O'Connell uses rhythmic verses and familiar sound effects to portray a busy toddler's full day. The simple, repetitive text ("The baby goes Yum/The baby goes Yum Yum/The baby goes Yum Yum Yum Yum") will appeal to the very youngest listeners. Featuring bright colors and bold, clunky shapes outlined in black, the uncluttered illustrations perfectly complement the text. The joy of this active child's explorations and the comforting presence of his/her loving mother and father will not be lost on the intended audience.