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Product Details

  • Series: Leslie Patricelli board books
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Brdbk edition (February 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763632457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763632458
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

"Just the thing for the toddler with turbo-charged vocal chords." The Sunday Tribune on Quiet Loud" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Leslie Patricelli is the author-illustrator of five other popular board books for toddlers, as well as the picture book THE BIRTHDAY BOX. She lives in Seattle.

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!

Customer Reviews

My 17 month old absolutely loves this book.
Anna Riblett
Rather than simply getting lost in reading the text, these books better allow for engaging a child and that is why I really love them.
Nova Squadron
We look at the page and ask if they're happy or sad.
BBL

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Alleyson on May 4, 2010
Format: Board book
We love all of the other Leslie Patricelli books, but this one does not have good examples. They have the daddy leaving the room when baby goes to bed, "sad baby." My child does not get sad when we leave the room so she doesnt understand the example and I dont want her to get sad when he leave her at night in her bed. Another examples shows baby with no clothes on happy, baby with clothes on sad. Last there is a happy baby in the mud and a sad baby in the bath. Again depending on your child's age a little one under 3 might not understand why those things create happiness and sadness so I don't recommend this book. We LOVE No No Yes Yes, BIG Little, Quite LOUD and Yummy Yucky though.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By ch_everyounce on July 18, 2008
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We love this Patricelli book almost as much as the others. As usual, my toddler loved it initially because the baby in the book has nipples, a welcome detail that other books (infuriatingly) leave out.
My two-year-old is fascinated by emotions, and loves the pendulum sway of baby happy, baby sad...baby happy, baby sad. Of course you have to fill in the details and describe what's happening with your own words--that's the point of reading to children, isn't it?
I love this book, in particular, because it makes my child squeal with glee because he empathizes with the baby--like the baby in the book, mud makes him happy and shampoo makes him sad. Playing with the cat makes him happy; a fleeing cat (whose tail has been pulled) makes him sad, too. This baby, my child thinks, knows a thing or two about real baby emotions.
My only problem with the book is that it portrays nighttime as a scary abandonment--dark room, baby crying and reaching for daddy who is leaving baby alone in the crib = baby sad; morning with dad re-entering room makes baby happy. We read it with a different emphasis--when baby is sad in bed, daddy comes to help. When baby is happy in the morning, daddy comes to join him!
Even with this need for an editorial change that quiets, rather than heightens, nighttime anxiety, we all love this book. I rank it third to No no yes yes and quiet loud.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By gold tooth on March 24, 2008
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i'm a big fan of leslie particelli's other books (Quiet Loud, Yummy Yucky, Binkie), and was excited to order this one. however, my overall first impression was not a good one. the illustrations are great, as usual, but the only text in the book is "baby happy baby sad", and it left me wanting more, and i find myself adding words, descriptions etc when i read this to my daughter. perhaps this book is best for older children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kerri K. on March 25, 2011
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I bought this book for my 4 year old to "read" to his little brother, and it couldn't be more perfect. The darling illustrations make us laugh and it's one of the cutest books I've come across.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nova Squadron on March 5, 2014
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There are better books for teaching emotions, but this one is a great starter. The other thing I love about these books is how simple they are, and how they encourage conversation between the reader and the child. Rather than simply getting lost in reading the text, these books better allow for engaging a child and that is why I really love them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Babylove0627 on May 28, 2014
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I like the other books in this series, but not this one.
As other reviews mention, there are examples that I do not like. One is a baby being sad to take a bath (my kids love bath time) and the other with the sad baby going to bed. I don't want to give my kids the idea that they should dislike bedtime or bath time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By youngmom on December 9, 2012
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Not as good as the other books in this series (e.g., Yummy Yucky, Big Little, Quiet Loud). Illustrations are cute, but content is not as good as her other books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elementary teacher on September 18, 2009
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My child loves this book because it helps her understand emotions and facial expressions. It helps develop empathy in young children.
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