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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: 0763623636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763623630
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreS. Patricelli explored opposites in her previous board books, including Big Little and Quiet Loud (both, 2003). In her latest, she explores typical toddler emotions and activities through a child's relationship with a favorite security item. Clutching a beloved blanket, a diapered tot announces, "Blankie comes everywhere with me." The uncluttered pictures show the toddler taking Blankie to preschool, the store, and the doctor; holding it while watching TV, during time-outs, during toothbrushing. Finally, the toddler drags Blankie to bed, where it comforts the round-eyed narrator: "Blankie isn't afraid of the dark. But I am." Patricelli's plain, effective words echo the neat, minimalist pictures. Pleasing figures rendered with strong black outlines and almost stick-figure simplicity are set against slightly textured, monochromatic backgrounds on sturdy, square pages. Children will easily recognize the deep bond between the child and the beloved object, and as in a companion volume, Binky, about a child with a pacifier, this offers a warm, comforting view of a toddler's daily world. Gillian Engberg
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From the Publisher

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

Customer Reviews

My two year old loves this book.
Rachel L. Woodruff
Toddlers love the bright colors, simple,non-intimidating illustrations.
A. Myers
I have a feeling he will want me to read this book every single night!
Shelly Chin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 29, 2006
Format: Board book
As a board book, the pictures are necessarily a bit small, but Patricelli keeps them as simple as her brief narrative. The book nicely introduces toddlers (and younger) to a variety of settings, including "my school," "the store," " even to the doctor." These are just some of the places where Blankie accompanies the {unnamed) baby protagonist, a real cutie with bright cheeks and a single curly hair.

Blankie is there for the laughter (TV, playing with kitty. a spirited game of PEEK A BOO , jumping onto the bed--Superman like--with Blankies as a cape!), and the tears (time-outs, bedtime), and a conflict here and there: "We (the baby abd his blankie, that is) don't have to play with anybody else (a little girl is shown crying), but sometimes we do (they're both happy). Blankies is a reassuring friend, something that keeps the baby company (even when brushing his teeth), listens to bedtimes stories, and, very important, "isn't afraid of the dark." I like how accepting the book is of the whole Blankie idea, there's no judgement or undertones of "but when will he outgrow it?" Instead it shows Blankie's importance in regulating emotions and offering the reassuring qualities that the child puts into it. I think most people can attest to the help that a "Blankie" or Blankie-like object gave their young child, and that, sooner or later, the boy or girl eventually is less dependent on it.

BUt for ahile, that security blanket is a very important thing:

"I love Kitty."

I love Bear."

I LOVE birthday cake...

but I love Blankie best of all.

And Blankie loves me!

A book almost as cute and lovingly reassuring as a favorite stuffed animal or BLANKIE. 23 sturdy, board-book pages, with bold illustrations done with acrylic, typeset in the new "Leslie Petrocelli" font (this has a nice, slight childlike look, but the ettering is bold an very legible), with illustrations done in acrylic. Simple and enertaining.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A. H. Wolfer on October 8, 2008
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
My son is a blankie kid and loves books, so I thought this would be perfect. As artists, we loved the illustration style, but there are ideas in the book that we don't want to promote - being afraid of the dark, having to go home when we forget blankie, etc. We're putting it in the donation pile.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Indigo Felle on May 11, 2008
Format: Board book
The simple illustrations, the colored backgrounds, the adorable little baby--these are all great reasons to buy this book, especially if your little one is already on their way to becoming attached to his/her blankie. My son happens to adore his, and he truly does take it everywhere with him.

There is some controversy over the part where he takes the blankie to his time-outs (and the image shows him crying). I think one of the odd things about this book is that, while the main character is clearly a baby, there are several references that are more appropriate for an older character--I'm thinking both of the time-out scene and also the taking the blankie to school scene. Honestly, the time-out thing does not particularly concern me--I don't think it is meant to portray an infant/toddler too young to understand a time-out, and at the very least it makes for something interesting to talk about with an older child.

What actually kept me from giving the book 5 stars is toward the end. Kids emulate characters they like, and the lines "I don't like bedtime...." and "Blankie isn't afraid of the dark, but I am" seem very suggestive to me, and are in locations that are difficult to skip. My son loves to go to bed and is NOT afraid of the dark, and I hate for him to get the idea he should be! Still....

The best part of these books, in my mind, is that they have just a handful of words on each page, but unlike other books of this length, there are sufficient pages that there is a distinct progression in the "story", and it's long enough that he doesn't always insist on reading it 20 times in a row; but not so long that he can't finish it in one sitting.

My son is quite picky about books, and he loves all the Leslie Patricelli books, so we buy then, read them (over and over and over!), and accept that, unless we write the book ourselves, there will always be topics we don't love in the books our kids read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By cali mom on August 10, 2005
Format: Board book
This is my one year old's favorite book. She laughs out loud every time she see's "Super Blankie". The artwork is simple and sweet, while the story captures the true pleasures of a security object. It is a daily read (multiple times) and is always accompanied by her "blankie".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By nancy on May 13, 2005
Format: Board book
I am 29 years old and I still sleep with my blankie. This book is great -- it captures all the emotions I remember from growing up with a blankie that never left my side. If your baby has a blanky or if you used to (or you still do), read this book. It's priceless!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Thiel on December 26, 2012
Format: Board book
My son LOVES his blankie, so it seemed natural to purchase this book for him. I do love most of the book, however there are a few things I can't get over. "I'm afraid of the dark" - now why would I want to suggest my son should be afraid of the dark? "I don't like bedtime" (with a picture of a baby crying as the mom carries baby up the stairs) again, not an idea I want to repeatedly read to my son. I wanted to love it, and could change the words, but the picture of the baby crying while going upstairs to bed isn't something I can change. Super disappointed. This seems to be a theme with this brand of books - like the potty book. While these books are cute I wish there wasn't negativity in them.
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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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