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Baby Happy Baby Sad (Leslie Patricelli board books) Board book – February 26, 2008
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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!
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful book -- I love Leslie Patricelli books and I've purchased, I think, about half a dozen of them. I highly recommend them. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Adorable books and simple to read to my 8 month year old. The colors and simple text keep my baby's attention and he likes to look at the baby. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Melissa D
I only give this one 4 stars because most babies love bath time and well... It says baby sad about thatPublished 2 months ago by Christina
I bought three of these books by Leslie Patricelli for my Grandson who is 15 months old. They are all absolutely adorable and he LOVES them! Especially "Huggy Kissy". Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dani G
This series of books is the best ever!!! My 1 year old loved them all..especially yes no. You can find some of these books at Walmart but I would recommend the series... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Arizona Julie
this is by far my 15 month year olds favorite ! He goes and picks it out each story time and laughs and laughs at the pictures:). Simple. Bold. And adorable <3. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alicia Nicole Milne