Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Read, Read, Read, said the Baby: Baby Penguins love their mama! by Melissa Guion

This is a board book version of the 2014 picture book. Unlike some board book versions of picture books, it's not changed in any way, just formatted into a smaller layout.

There are a lot of baby penguins and every day of the week Mama teaches them something new, from sqwacking to preening. But on Sunday, Mama finally gets a rest - and a present from her baby penguins.

The art work does not work as well in the smaller format of the board book as it does in the picture book, in my opinion. Babies and toddlers need bold, definitive lines and the soft watercolor sketches are sweet but indeterminate.

Verdict: This is one that mothers will enjoy and older toddlers will pick up on watching the baby penguins, although some of the humor will be over their heads. A good mother's day or baby shower present, an additional purchase for board book collection.

ISBN: 9780399175527; Published 2015 by Philomel/Penguin; Review copy provided by publisher; Donated to the library

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