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97 Ways to Make a Baby Laugh Paperback – January 5, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (January 5, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761107363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761107361
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,377,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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97 Ways to Make a Baby Laugh, by New Jersey resident Jack Moore-father of a previously unamused boy named Brick--keeps the chortles coming with a collection of infant-tested sight gags, skits, parlor tricks, and practical jokes. Among the author's suggestions are the "Live Jack-in-the Box" game (featuring Dad), "the Magnet Trick," which involves moving an object across baby's high-chair while holding an undetected magnet underneath, and a "Silly Face Contest." They're a little nutty, require no training, and few props, and are guaranteed to work-with one condition: grown-ups can't hold back. Which means not only will you be tickling Baby's funnybone, but your own as well. -- The Parent Paper

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Beyond Peek-A-Boo. Nothing pleases new parents more than Baby's first laugh, and here to keep the chortles coming is a collection of infant-tested sight gags, skits, parlor tricks and practical jokes. Try THE LIVE JACK-IN-THE-BOX. THE "SCAMOOCH." BABY'S STINKY FEET. Or THE DISAPPEARING NOODLE (for best results use cappellini al dente). They're a little nutty, require no training and few props (Baby's hat, bubble gum, a polka CD), and are guaranteed to work--on one condition. Grown-ups can't hold back. Which means not only will you be tickling Baby's funny bone, but your own as well.


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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a cute title, but the suggestions in this book, as illustrated above, pretty much range from silly to absurd. It's like a greeting card you read once and throw away. If you're looking for games to play with your baby or ways to stimulate him mentally, look elsewhere. If you're so completely unimaginative that you can't make a funny face without reading instructions, look no further ;)
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By carrie sika on September 26, 2001
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This book is a great read if you are just looking for a laugh (for yourself, not your baby.)
Only a handful of the ideas are feasible. Unless your husband really wants to wear a giant diaper, or you want grandma to go in a huge box and be a giant jack-in-the box. The ideas are cute and funny, but few are practical. Laughing with your child is a wonderful thing, and enjoying your baby is important, but these ideas are not well-thought out and a waste of your time. Finger plays and tickling sessions will elicit more genuine laugther than throwing random objects out of your window from the 2nd floor, while baby looks out the 1st floor window!
A poor choice at any price!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 2001
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I think this is a cute little book. Only fault is it lacks alot of substance, but its silly with great little photos. My husband and I are having our first baby Spring 2002. Some friends of mine are throwing a Daddy Shower for my husband as a gag party, and to make him feel like he is part of it all. I think for $7~or less it's a great little gift idea.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 2004
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Clever and funny, this tongue-in-cheek book is for "grown-ups" who love babies and aren't afraid to act like one. A perfect gift for new parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and siblings of babies. And did I mention "witty"? My favorite is #66, which I would have named "The Sisyphus." These "97 ways" actually work--or I know alot of silly babies. Don't forget to leave a copy around for the babysitter.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 2000
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This book would make a lovely gift for a new parent. It offers fun & imaginative ways to make your little one laugh. It also has a few old standbys! I liked the tongue in cheek humor offered by the author with several suggestions :) Sure to bring a smile & a chuckle to the parent while eliciting giggles & laughs from the little ones. This author definitely has a great sense of humor, & a lot of energy for his little one!
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Bleg Stemple on October 4, 2000
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This book is just dull. There's nothing in here a parent wouldn't naturally think of on their own to coax a laugh out of their baby. It's completely devoid of any imaginative or creative content. Heck, I don't think the little tricks in here even WORK. Skip this one for sure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Boe Linball on July 26, 2009
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The only laugh we got out of our baby was when we threw this book in the trash!! From "dressing Grandpa and Dad up in diapers" to "releasing 30 balloons out of your second story window", the suggestions in this book are absurd. Seriously, this book is terrible and the publisher should be ashamed. Have a great day!
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