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THE BABY GOES BEEP

Author: Rebecca O'Connell

Illustrator: Ken Wilson-Max

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Publisher: Albert Whtiman & Company,

Material: board book

Summary: From eating to playing to bath time to kiss time to bed time, toddlers can see how busy they are. The text is very repetitive -- only 10 different words in the entire book. "The baby goes Beep, the baby goes Beep Beep Beep Beep." Repeat with Flip, Splash, Kiss, Shhh substituted for the word beep. This is a board book that shows a baby in daily activities,

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together 0 to 2; read yourself: 4 to 6

Interest Level: 0 to 2

Age of Child: Read with an 18-month old child.

Young Reader Reaction: My 18 month old son loved this book. I think what made it more stimulating for him was that as I read it to him, my body naturally bounced to the rhythm of the words. It was also a very fast read, and we read it during a time when his attention span for books was very short, so there was a benefit to having it be a very fast-paced book.

Adult Reader Reaction: The book was well worth my while after seeing how much my son loved the book and was laughing throughout each reading. It's hard to argue with a book that actually captures the attention of my son and instills a positive association with books during a time in his life where it is difficult to get him to sit still. I did not like this book. I felt underwhelmed by the text, unimpressed by the illustrations, and I felt like an absolute idiot as I read the text, which is a rare thing for me. I have the rhythm of the text stuck in my head like a bad song. One thing I did like about this book, on it's own, was that the baby, on all pages, is in a situation where his parents are there and showing him sweet love, kisses, etc.

Pros: This is a book that is a fast read - perfect for squirmy toddlers. There are catchy phrases that will stick in your head, a sweet message, too.

Cons: Text is uninspiring, pictures are rough.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is an OK book, but try it out with your child first. I appreciated being able to read it to my child, but I cringed every time my son wanted to read the book, and I am glad he has moved on to other books.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BARNYARD DANCE!   MR. BROWN CAN MOO! CAN YOU? DR. SUESS' BOOK OF WONDERFUL NOISES   DOWN BY THE STATION

Educational Themes: This is one to share for the fun of it (and a chance to be silly). The rhythm helps with language development and toddlers can see "Parents love you, baby."

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, sounds, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2011

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