Friday, June 18, 2010

The Wild, Wild Inside: A View From Mommy's Tummy by Kate Feiffer, illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith

This book wasn't at all what I'd expected. From the title and some skimmed blurbs I'd expected it to be a sort of cartoony version of pregnancy - you know, showing the development of a child in a way kids could understand.

This book is much sillier! Emily and Gus are so excited about their new baby brother or sister that they constantly pester their mom, wanting to know "What's the baby doing?" She gives boring answers, like eating or sleeping but really....the baby is riding in a rocket ship! Dancing! Cooking for hungry dogs! Narrated by the baby, this is a silly and exuberant spin through the imagination. The illustrations are colorful and rounded with lots of textured brushstrokes and a strong purple theme. The illustration of the just-born baby is oddly proportioned, but otherwise the pictures are nice. This is a little variation on the "new sibling" theme and would be a good choice if you get a lot of requests for that genre.

Verdict: Imaginative and nicely illustrated, but we don't need any more new sibling picture books right now.

ISBN: 978-1416940999; Published March 2010 by Simon & Schuster; Borrowed from the library


Peaceful Reader said...

This would make a perfect baby shower gift for summer with a good sense of humor! Thanks for the review.

Jennifer said...

Ooo, that's a good idea! One I hadn't thought of. Thanks!