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Fa La La (Leslie Patricelli board books) Board book – September 11, 2012

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PreS-In this bright and cheerful board book with minimal text, Baby helps Mom and Dad pick out and decorate a Christmas tree, creates and destroys a gingerbread house, and visits Santa with mixed results. All in all, it's a typical and happy Christmas for Baby-and for the youngest listeners, who will giggle at Baby singing along with carolers ("LA LA LA LA!") on the front porch, clad only in a diaper and wearing bunny slippers.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Leslie Patricelli is the creator of a series of best-selling board books starring her beloved baby character. She is also the author-illustrator of Higher! Higher! and Faster! Faster! as well as two stories about the Patterson Puppies and, more recently, Be Quiet, Mike! She lives in Ketchum, Idaho.


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Product Details

  • Series: Leslie Patricelli board books
  • Board book: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Brdbk edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763632473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763632472
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Encarnacion on November 16, 2012
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Another great addition to the books by Leslie Patricelli. My son is a huge fan and has all the books in the series. Even though he's three now, these are still some of his favorite books. He actually refers to the little baby in the book as himself. So when I saw the Christmas themed book, I knew I had to buy it.

The book follows our little hero on the events leading up to Christmas day. There's picking out a tree and decorating it. Building a gingerbread house, making presents, singing christmas carols, and even standing in line and being patient to see Santa. Of course, all this leads up to wonderful Christmas day.

Now is the perfect time to purchase this book and share with your little one. My son wants this book read almost daily now and he's looking forward to doing all the things "he's doing" in the book. He knows he has to be a good boy so Santa will give him lots of gifts for Christmas.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Incannella on April 5, 2013
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I purchased this book for the little boy I care for and he has all the other Leslie Petricelli books and loves them. However this one I did not care for as much. I especially did not like the page where the little baby was handed to Santa and screamed because not all little children understand why anyone would be afraid of Santa. It seems to cause some concern for this little one and he questioned it! I guess you have to pre-read it for yourself before purchasing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ebandive on December 9, 2013
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My 2 year old has always loved Leslie Patricelli's books, so I thought this one would be a winner as well. However, it is just sort of "meh". It has cute pictures that show how Mom and Dad decorate the Christmas tree, make a gingerbread house, and take him to see Santa, among other things. It is not religious in any way. My son lost interest half way through the book, and hasn't asked to read it again.
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We bought this to read to my son on Christmas Eve for his first Christmas, when he was five months old. Then we put it away for a year.

We took it out again this year with the Christmas decorations. Now 17 months old, my son fell utterly in love with this book, and it made Christmas magic for him. It's gorgeously illustrated, a funny, smart little book. He asked us to read it to him night after night, and he learned to "read along" - he says "boom!" when the gingerbread house gets broken, for example, and "ssh!" when it's time to go to sleep. He even says "open, open, open" at the part with the presents.

Best of all, my husband and I would sing "Deck the Halls" when we got to the page with the carol singers - and my son learned to sing the "fa la la la la" chorus along with us! It became our Christmas party piece. When we Skyped with far-off relatives over Christmas, my son would go and get this book and open it on the carol singers' page and we'd all three of us sing for them.

It's a lovely book for letting a child know what they should expect from the Christmas season, and for building up the excitement. I highly recommend it for your child's first Christmas!
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By Tara G. on December 23, 2013
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My 23 month old son rarely sits down long enough to finish a book (he's got more physical things to do!). Despite this, we sit down multiple times a day and at least try to get in a few pages of various books. He got "Fa La La" in his December 1st box with some winter themed PJs and tree ornament and we have read it hundreds of times so far. *HE* brings the book to us multiples times a day to read -and usually read 2-3 times in a row- and I often find him sitting on the floor and "reading" it by himself. The story is so simple and he knows most of the words to the items you see on the pages: kitty, dog, lights, tree, baby, mama, dada, etc. This makes it really nice to go through because he can point out and say almost everything on each page, which I feel like reinforces his confidence in speaking (he talks, but is much more physical and we are trying to work on his speech). It would also be a really good book for a beginning talker because it would be easy to pick out the items and learn the words. We have one other Leslie Patricelli book, "Tubby", and he loves it as well. I think we are going to be needing to invest in more!
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By ABandC on December 16, 2013
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We have a couple Leslie Patricelli books already, and my son has enjoyed reading them, although neither are among his favorite books. This book, however, is one that he pulls down from his bookshelf every day, and he asks to read it over and over.

This will be his first Christmas, and I used the book to talk about going to see our local Santa to take pictures. He is 10 months old, and I'm pretty sure that he recognized Santa at our local toy store because we'd read this book so many times. He sat on Santa's lap, laughed and touched his suit, which was a lot of fun for all of us. Now, when we get to the page where "baby" takes a picture with Santa, or 10 month old get's particularly excited.

The book touches upon a lot of experiences that are part of the Christmas tradition for our family (making presents, singing songs, gingerbread houses, decorating a tree, pictures with Santa, Christmas morning with family), and has been a fun way to introduce these ideas to our young child.
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