This is a beautiful book about a very busy day in the life of a baby. As family members arrive at the house, the illustrations and text move poetically between pauses and movement. Every time a new family member arrives, the accompanying illustration and text become vibrant. When dad, (the guest of honor) arrives, everything in the book becomes dynamic and full of color, it’s dad’s birthday! After so much excitement, the baby has to go to bed. It’s been a wonderful day! — Adriana Gómez Piccolo
Auntie and Uncle and Nannie and Gran-Gran and all the cousins want to hug and kiss the new baby—they all love the baby SO MUCH! Illustrations by Helen Oxenbury brim with the warmth of a large, loving extended family.
Mom and baby are home alone when—DING DONG!—Auntie and then Uncle and Nannie and Gran-Gran and the cousins come to visit. And they all want to hug and kiss and squeeze and eat the baby right up—because everybody loves the baby SO MUCH! With Helen Oxenbury lending her characteristic warmth and humor to a most exuberant family party, Trish Cooke's rhythmic, cumulative story captures the joy of being the baby in a large extended family—a baby who knows that he is absolutely, utterly adored.
Cooke masterfully captures the closeness of the family and the wonder of the baby . . . A celebration of a warm and loving African-American family. Oxenbury's illustrations are magnificent. —Kirkus Reviews
The blend of Trish Cooke's repetitive, lively prose and Helen Oxenbury's exuberant, energetic pictures is a winning match. —The Boston Globe