Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Read, Read, Read, said the Baby: Little You by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by Julie Flett

This is what I call the "mommy love" genre. There's not really a plot, just a (often poetic) listing of the ways a mother (or more rarely a couple or father) loves their child. Parents eat this up, and kids love the comfort of familiarity at bedtime etc. but frankly they annoy me.

This one is a little different though. It has a gentle, if sometimes oddly pointless text "Little you little wonder/Little wish gentle thunder." However, it's more the reassuring sound of a parent's voice and the gentle rhythm of the words that matter.

The illustrations are simple with broad chunks of color. They show the little child of the cover with both parents and all three have the same lightly tan skin hue.

This is a typical board book - 7x7 inches with a sturdy spine that opens nicely and 13 pages, counting both covers. It's put out by a publisher that's not known for its board books - Orca - and is from Canada, both of which may account for the higher price of a little over $9 (with discount).

Verdict: If you're looking for basics, I wouldn't add this but if you're looking to expand your collection, especially with books featuring children of color, I would recommend it. Worth the slightly higher price.

ISBN: 9781459802483; Published 2013 by Orca Book Publishers; Borrowed from another library in my consortium; Added to my library's order list

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