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Binky (Leslie Patricelli board books) Board book


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 3 years
  • Series: Leslie Patricelli board books
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (April 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763623644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763623647
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-Both of these board books feature an adorable, big-headed toddler, with a lone curl on the top of his head and wearing nothing but a diaper. In Binky, the youngster searches for a lost pacifier. In Blankie, the child tells readers about the importance of one's blanket. In both titles, the simple acrylic artwork, done with heavy black outline and set against bold background colors, places the protagonist center stage throughout. Perfect selections for short attention spans.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA
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From the Publisher

A comically expressive tot pays tribute to the all-important Binky in a bright, playful board book sure to have instant toddler appeal.

More About the Author

"My Grandma was a pastel artist and, for as long as I can remember, an artist is what I wanted to be too," says children's author and illustrator Leslie Patricelli. "My hobby as a kid was drawing cartoons and writing stories, and I started to consider a career in art in seventh grade. When the multiple choice career test I took resulted in a recommendation that I pursue a career in forestry, I went back and changed all my answers, so that it recommended instead that I pursue graphic design, which was the closest thing to children's book writer or cartoonist on the list."

Today, Leslie Patricelli's legions of fans are evidence that career tests are not always reliable. Her colorful trio of board books about opposites -- YUMMY YUCKY, BIG LITTLE, and QUIET LOUD -- follows a diapered protagonist as he discovers some curious contradictions, such as "ladies are big" while "ladybugs are little." Her inspiration for the series came from her son Beck who, at one year old, "was constantly putting everything into his mouth." Says the author, "I found myself saying 'Yummy!' and 'Yucky!' all the time. I began to draw a baby dramatically expressing his taste or distaste for the things he was eating. The idea of YUMMY YUCKY was born!"

Her other toddler books in the series, BINKY, BLANKIE, NO NO YES YES, BABY HAPPY BABY SAD, and her latest books -- TUBBY AND POTTY, were also based on her parenting experiences. "I am inspired by how passionate toddlers are," she says. "I love the way they are so extremely focused on things, and display such intense emotions. It is easy to see what they care about the most."

Leslie Patricelli's beloved baby character graduated to star in his first full-length picture book, THE BIRTHDAY BOX. She notes "I've watched my kids transform boxes into cars, boats, spaceships, hospital beds, dog carriers, snake houses, bass drums, forts, airplanes, sleds, and of course, robots. It's very exciting when a new box comes into our home."

Her book HIGHER! HIGHER! was selected as a Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Honor Book. "I credit my daughter, Tia, for writing this book for me," says Leslie. "I was pushing her on the swing at the park when she was two, she started shouting, 'Higher! Higher!' I noticed how the other kids were saying the same thing. We started pretending that with every push I was sending her higher into the sky until she was in space. I went home with the book almost fully formed in my head."

About her latest series, which includes, THE PATTERSON PUPPIES AND THE RAINY DAY. and THE PATTERSON PUPPIES AND THE MIDNIGHT MONSTER PARTY, Patricelli says, "Although the puppies' individual personalities are based on the personalities of my own kids, the stories for these books were inspired by incidences from my own childhood. When I was four, my friend and I decided to create an ocean in her bedroom by dumping buckets of water on the floor, just like the puppies do in THE PATTERSON PUPPIES AND THE RAINY DAY. I will never forget the feeling of being caught by our parents and torn from our imaginary world to realize that we had done something very wrong! Their was no doubt in my mind that we would succeed at making an ocean. I love how a child's imagination can carry them right out of their present situation into an imaginary world that is so real to them. This is the feeling I tried to capture in the Patterson Puppies books.

"My favorite part of writing books is the moment when a new idea comes into my head," says Leslie. "If I give it my attention, a book will start forming in my mind. At this moment, I most certainly have a smile on my face."

Leslie Patricelli lives in the mountain town of Ketchum Idaho with her husband, Jason, her son, Beck, her daughters, Tia and Tatum, two cats, Oreo and Elvin, two rabbits, Olivia and Chewy and a fluctuating population of guppies. Her husband is a drummer, music engineer, ski instructor, and her on-request editor. Her kids have become her editors, whether she requests it or not!

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Binky was one of his first books and quickly became his favorite.
Victoria Gordon
This book (just as all Leslie Patricelli books) is great, colorful, simple and easy for my toddler to keep up with.
Yas
My daughter has loved this book since we bought it for her at 9 months old.
S. Whittington

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mama JenG on May 10, 2005
Format: Board book
My son loves this baby character from Leslie Patricelli's other books. In this one, the baby can't find his binky (a common scenario around our house!). He proceeds to look for his binky in all sorts of places, like his cereal (which he dumps out) and his potty. It makes my son laugh. He loves when the baby finally finds his binky in the end.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kristy on November 1, 2008
Format: Board book
this is one of my daughter's favorites- she had it memorized in no time. I also like how in the end, binky is in the baby's bed. We are tying to limit my son's binky use to bedtime only and it's a good reminder that binky's are for bedtime!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Gordon on December 10, 2005
Format: Board book
We started reading board books to our son when he was just a few months old. Binky was one of his first books and quickly became his favorite. We now own all of the books in the series, (Quiet Loud is our favorite next to Binky). We've bought Binky for other children and it's quickly become their favorite as well. Our son now knows the Binky story by heart, talks back to the main character and lights up whenever you mention a passage, whether or not the book itself is near. Can't recommend this book enough.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christiane Candella on March 31, 2012
Format: Board book
I really like the Potty book by Leslie Patricelli so when I saw there was a Binky book we jumped on it. However, I was dissapointed. I had hoped that the book would instill positive emotions about giving up the binky and/or accepting that the binky phase was behind us, instead the character is obsessively looking for the binky, has a tantrum and is only soothed once the binky is relocated. I don't need a book that relives my current situation, but rather one that provides an alternative narrative for my daughter so she can see other perspectives.

We read it, but not with the same enthusiasm as Potty, which is a proactive approach to going through potty training. I had hoped that Binky would also be such a constructive book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Y. Pinhas on October 15, 2008
Format: Board book
My 10-12 months old boys love to hear the story before they go to bed. The part where the baby cries, when he can't find the binky, gets special attention from them, and the good ending finishes the story well and directs them to bed. I truely feel that they understand and like the story line, as they can identify with it, which is amazing for 10 months old babies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bethany L. Canfield on December 6, 2007
Format: Board book
This is a wonderful book!!!!...the illustrations are incredible, bright, rich and so beautiful to look at. There are only a few words on each page which is really great for the littlest of kids. They'll sit through this one, for sure! This is a must own book!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthieu J. Cerf on November 15, 2007
Format: Board book
Binky is by far our kids' favorite book. It is simple, it is relevant, it is just what they like. We have dozens of books, but have read this one hundreds of times (at least twice a night for our son between the age of 18 and 24 month, you do the maths...) He still enjoys it at the age of three and his little sister, who does not say much yet now asks "I want to read Binky." In short, if we had to keep only one book, Binky would be the one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Michmerhuizen on July 1, 2007
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When it comes to toddler books, we sort of let them come into the house on their own, from whereever they come from, presents or random offerings. This is the one book we actually sought out and even ordered from Amazon, all special and all, and yeah, all list price even. It's worth it. Mallory goes back to it again and again. Leslie got it just right.
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