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The Baby Goes Beep Hardcover – July 18, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; 1 edition (July 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761317899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761317890
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,864,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-O'Connell uses rhythmic verses and familiar sound effects to portray a busy toddler's full day. The simple, repetitive text ("The baby goes Yum/The baby goes Yum Yum/The baby goes Yum Yum Yum Yum") will appeal to the very youngest listeners. Featuring bright colors and bold, clunky shapes outlined in black, the uncluttered illustrations perfectly complement the text. The joy of this active child's explorations and the comforting presence of his/her loving mother and father will not be lost on the intended audience.
Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL
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PreS. From playtime to mealtime, bath time to bedtime, the active toddler in this on-target picture book punctuates a day's activities with beeps, booms, splashes, and other irresistible words. Using bouncy text ("The baby goes Yum / The baby goes Yum Yum / The baby goes Yum Yum Yum Yum"), O'Connell plays on the delighted repetition and experimentation that are hallmarks of language development. Seasoned illustrator Wilson-Max, whose saturated colors and sturdy black outlines have earned him a following among toddlers and preschoolers, humorously extends O'Connell's words; in one scene, enthusiastic "beeps" inspired by a car ride are followed by impish beeps as the baby honks Dad's nose. With its exuberant mood and bold, playfully varied fonts, this celebration of noisiness makes for an ideal participatory storytime. It also gives silence its due; on the last spread, a wide-awake baby shushes itself to let tuckered-out parents catch some Zs. Jennifer Mattson
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My 9 month old loves this book.
amy
It was the first book my son "read" by himself - he would flip the pages and say "beep, beep!" or "boom, boom!"
kcdarter
The writing of this book is really simple and it rhymes as well.
gnwira

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My toddler picked this book out himself, (I think the driving baby on the book's cover got his attention) and we read it AT LEAST seven times before the day was over.
It is about a baby in a close, loving family of a mom, a dad, a baby, and a nice gray cat. The baby has a merry, active day, "driving" a toy car in his carseat, playing with pots and pans, reading a little book, taking a bath, and doing other baby things. What makes it special is that real-life babies/toddlers who are hearing the story will recognize all the things the baby is doing as part of their day, too. The words have a nice rhythm and rhyme to them, and the pictures are bright, colorful, and detailed. My little guy liked pointing to the cat.
Sometimes, as a parent, I dread hearing "read it again!" after the fourth or fifth time I've already read a book, but this one stood up to repeated readings. Even better, the words are easy to memorize (it is kind of like a poem) so we could say lines from the book to each other even when we weren't reading. It was like a private joke.
The Baby Goes Beep has already become a favorite in my family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Casa Camisas on February 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The Baby Goes Beep is one of my son's favorites. He's 16 months old and loves the bouncy, rhyming text and sunshine-bright illustrations. Best of all, he loves to give the book a kiss when we get to the "baby goes smooch" page spread. This book is an excellent choice for babies and toddlers.
As a side note, this book was a Charlotte Zolotow honor book for 2004 -- the award given for the best picture book writing of the year (the Caldecott is for illustration). Kudos to O'Connell!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gramma Sally VINE VOICE on July 25, 2006
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I bought this book for my grandson when he was a few months old, based on the reviews here. He is now almost a year old and still LOVEs it. When given a choice, he always picks The Baby Goes Beep, and I sometimes have to read it over several times in a row. The down side is that it's not interesting from an adult's point of view. In fact, my daughter refuses to read it to him any more! However, it is a must-have from baby's point of view.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Rivers on June 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As a children's librarian, I can't say enough about this book. Every three months or so, I read this book in storytime to the toddlers and their reaction is amazing. The children love to sound in for the beeps, las, and smooches. Even the most distracted of the children tends to tune in for this special book. It is now a special treat for me to read this book and it shows on the toddler's faces each time I bring it out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Bright and lively, bold and colorful, this book immediately caught my eye. Its lovely rhythm and simple, warm sense of humor were delightful to nuzzle in. Both as a parent and as a psychologist who works with young children, I found the book right on in its use of repetition and bright colors, inclusion of a loving family (including the cat!), and the joy the baby takes in sounds and other senses in exploring the world. "Beep" if you love this book! And the baby goes flip, flip, flip, flip through its pages again and again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for a fun, easy to read book that takes you through the typical day of a toddler, The Baby Goes Beep is it!
We purchased this book to read to our 18-month old. It did not take long for my 4-year old to pick it up and start reading it to his sister. The text has an easy to follow rhythm making it the perfect read-aloud book! The coloful illustrations are captivating and fun.
The Baby Goes Beep has become a family favorite and will quickly become the new Classic in Baby Books! This should be "required" reading for every parent and child!
Ms O'Connell has a unique talent for capturing the fun-loving spirit of a child!
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By zoe on August 10, 2013
Format: Board book
This book is amazing. It's one of my 6-month old son's favorites and we have a lot of fun beeping and splashing and smooching with him at bedtime. I got it from the library and after renewing it 2 times finally bought it on Amazon. Can't wait to own it!
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