Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Read, Read, Read, said the Baby: Time-Out for Sophie by Rosemary Wells

This is an example of a picture book adapted to a board book that works better in that format! A rare thing for me to say, but it's true in this case.

Sophie is an adorable baby mouse. Adorably naughty that is! Yummy dinner? Oops, it got thrown on the floor. Helping Daddy? Oops, all the laundry got UNfolded. Reading a book? Uh-oh, someone is taking Granny's glasses! Time-out for Sophie until she learns a lesson....for the moment anyways.

Wells' delicate but colorful illustrations show a mischievously naughty baby that parents will snicker over and babies themselves will happily gurgle and point to. The story has a gentle, appropriate plot - Sophie is naughty, gets a time-out, then is good.

The text is a little smaller than the usual board book font and a little longer, but this is perfectly suited for toddlers who can listen to a little bit of story and will recognize their own naughty behavior in the pictures. The book is a sturdy 4x6 with borders around the illustrations to make them pop.

Verdict: An excellent choice to add to your board book collection. Even if you already have the picture book, I'd go ahead and get this one and if you're deciding between the two (not likely since the picture book came out in 2013) I'd go for the board book first.

ISBN: 9780451477668; Published 2015 by Viking/Penguin; Review copy provided by publisher; Donated to the library

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