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GOODNIGHT BABY (Usborne Baby's Day)

Author: Francesca Allen and Felicity Brooks

Illustrator: Rachel Wells

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Publisher: Usborne Publishing Limited,

Material: board book

Summary: A baby is getting ready for bed: Baby goes upstairs, takes a bath, and climbs into bed. The highlight of this book is a thick cut-out of the baby that can be moved from page to page and placed into a die cut in the page. This is an interactive board book for helping your child with the process of going to bed.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 4 to 6

Interest Level: 1 to 3

Age of Child: Shared with two children, one ten months old, the other nearly three years old.

Young Reader Reaction: My nearly 3-year-old enjoyed fitting the cutout into the spot on every page. My 10-month-old was attracted to the bright colors on the page. The cutout baby is attached to the book by a ribbon and he liked pulling on the ribbon. After we read it twice, the 3-year-old was no longer interested. The 10-month-old continued to flip back and forth between the pages when we read it.

Adult Reader Reaction: The text didn't have a lot of "redeeming" value, and the cutout was annoying to move from page to page. I wish the ribbon had been a little longer so I could make the cutout "jump in the bathtub" and "go up the stair" more easily.

Pros: The bright colors in this book will stimulate young babies. The cutout is a novelty activity for kids.

Cons: This was too simple/short/easy for my 3-year-old and the cutout was too advanced for my younger child. This book might be better for kids ages 16 month to 2.5 years.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow or skip it. This is a book that may be an occasional read for a child 12 to 18 months old. But it isn't worth purchasing.


Educational Themes: This book might benefit a child who is developing manual dexterity or who has delayed manual dexterity.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2008

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