In the beloved tradition of Robert Munsch's Love You Forever and Emily Winfield Martin's The Wonderful Things You Will Be comes a beautiful rhyming ode to babies from a New York Times bestselling author/illustrator duo-perfect for baby showers, newborn gifts, first birthdays, christenings, and anytime babies are celebrated. In this unforgettable, squeal-filled, tear-inducing love song to babies and how quickly they grow up, author Kelly DiPucchio's heart-tugging rhyme meets the gorgeous, dimple-cheeked, multicultural babies of illustrator AG Ford. With adorable scenes from the busy life of a baby-peekaboo, feedings, tantrums, giggles-and a final scene that reminds us how they become big kids all too soon, this is the ideal gift for any new parent and their child.
"Ending with the heart-stopping reminder that littles grow BIG in the blink of an eye, this tender picture book will surely resonate with the parents and families of newborns. Littles, as we can easily deduce, are babies: freshly bundled and filled with novelty. DiPucchio lovingly lists all the ways in which babies are delightful, with their dimpled knees and sweet slumbers, and a few of the ways in which they are not, like when they smear food everywhere, and cry inconsolably. In addition to showcasing babyhood, the book integrates the roles of older siblings, grandparents, and, of course, parents. All manner of diverse families are represented as participating in the care and raising of littles. Ford's charming illustrations capture the roly-polyness of preambulatory babies and the many things it takes to ensure they grow up safe and loved. This title can happily join Janna Matthies' Two Is Enough (2015), Alyssa Satin Capucilli's I Will Love You (2017), and Patricia Hegarty's We Are Family (2017) on the bookshelves of new parents.--Chaudhri, Amina Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"In a warmhearted celebration of early childhood, newborns grow into babies, who become toddlers, and-in a final spread-reach school age. Although these multicultural "littles," as DiPucchio (Everyone Loves Cupcake) calls them, take some hesitant steps here and there, her rhymes never do: they're unerringly comforting and spot-on in their cadence and meter: "Littles are cuddled and cradled just right./ On bellies, with blankies, in slings snuggly tight." Stylistically, the book is a major departure from Ford's work in picture book biographies such as Hello, I'm Johnny Cash and JFK; like the littles themselves, his delicate cartoon vignettes of family life are playful, tender, and frisky: one little devours a birthday cake by the fistful, another sends soap suds flying while splashing in the bath, and a third sprawls out on a patchwork floor, flanked by its two mothers. DiPucchio's verse and Ford's charming artwork combine to create what feels like a scrapbook of treasured childhood moments-moments that adult readers know are all too fleeting. Ages 3-7. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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