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Such a Silly Baby! Hardcover – December 20, 2007

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PreS—The hapless mother in this bouncy rhyming tale just can't keep track of her silly baby: he gets switched with the chimpanzee at the zoo, with the dancing bear at the circus, with a lazy sow at the farm, and with a buffalo at the Wild West show. Then, when she finally gets the child home for a nap, all the animals follow. The flexible tot makes himself right at home in every new environment, swinging from the ropes with the monkeys, walking the tightrope, rolling in the mud, and twirling a lasso. Each time he greets Mom again, he adds a new phrase learned from his animal friends, for a cumulative festival of animal sounds that storytime listeners will love. Shepherd's bright, wildly cartoonlike oil paintings perfectly reflect the wackiness of the text. Pair this with Audrey Wood's Silly Sally (Harcourt, 1992) for a simply silly storytime.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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Repetitive elements make this a great one for shared reading. Shepherd's exuberant oil illustrations match the preposterousness of the text perfectly, cleverly building in visual cues to help readers guess what animal might be going home with Mom. A lively flight into imagination--mothers may never look at outings the same way again.

As preschoolers will undoubtedly note with glee, the title of this book should be "Such a Silly Mommy!" After all, it's Mommy who can't manage to go on an outing without bringing home an animal instead of her offspring. Whatever the destination, the refrain is always the same: "But there was a hitch.../ my baby got switched," and clueless Mommy ends up with, say, a chimpanzee, while Baby takes up residence in the monkey house. Baby is always retrieved with the turn of a page, but the spreads give readers plenty of opportunity to savor his briefly unsupervised cavorting in a comic, exotic setting. Exuberant, hand-lettered text practically demands audience participation on the animal noises ("oo... oo... ee... ee..." for the chimps). Paired with this husband-and-wife team, Shepherd (Fiona Loves the Night) illustrates in the Nadine Bernard Westcott vein; she revels in buoyantly hued silliness and goofy visual asides. A firm hand, however, guides these compositions, most evidently in Shepherd's use of thick, textured fields of color, and readers won't get overwhelmed. Publishers Weekly, starred review

The hapless mother in this bouncy rhyming tale just can't keep track of her silly baby: he gets switched with the chimpanzee at the zoo, with the dancing bear at the circus, with a lazy sow at the farm, and with a buffalo at the Wild West show. Then, when she finally gets the child home for a nap, all the animals follow. The flexible tot makes himself right at home in every new environment, swinging from the ropes with the monkeys, walking the tightrope, rolling in the mud, and twirling a lasso. Each time he greets Mom again, he adds a new phrase learned from his animal friends, for a cumulative festival of animal sounds that storytime listeners will love. Shepherd's bright, wildly cartoonlike oil paintings perfectly reflect the wackiness of the text. Pair this with Audrey Wood's Silly Sally (Harcourt, 1992) for a simply silly storytime. School Library Journal

A perplexed mom has trouble returning home from outings with her own baby in this boisterous debut from Team Lorig. Rollicking rhymes take readers around town as the pair visit the zoo, a circus, a farm and a Wild West show. Each time, though, Mom brings home an animal in place of her baby. "The circus came, I took him there. / We laughed at clowns with funny hair. / But there was a hitch . . . / my baby got switched, / and I went home with a dancing bear!" She returns the next day to swap them back, although by then her baby has picked up the mannerisms of the animal he has been impersonating. Repetitive elements make this a great one for shared reading. Shepherd's exuberant oil illustrations match the preposterousness of the text perfectly, cleverly building in visual cues to help readers guess what animal might be going home with Mom. A lively flight into imagination-mothers may never look at outings the same way again. Kirkus Reviews

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
...a cumulative festival of animal sounds that storytime listeners will love. Shepherd's bright, wildly cartoonlike oil paintings perfectly reflect the wackiness of the text.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
..The spreads give readers plenty of opportunity to savor his briefly unsupervised cavorting in a comic, exotic setting. Exuberant, hand-lettered text practically demands audience participation...

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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (December 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811851346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811851343
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,324,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Belding on May 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is such a fun book! My toddler loves the silly noises. The pictures evoke a very whimsical party feel. A favorite!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Michaels on June 30, 2008
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I like reading this book aloud to my kids -- the sounds bring the story to life and kids love all the repetition -- plus, the pictures are wonderful -- the book makes a great gift -- I've given it to all my family and friends with young kids
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wells on October 8, 2011
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This is the very first book I read to my daughter, and she was only a few months old. At age 2, she had it memorized and now (3) she won't to bed without "reading" it word for word to me. I only know its memorization because she reads ahead :). It has a great rhythm, beautiful pictures and a fun book to read. I love it and I recommend this one to anyone with little ones! It's a nice size book too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Stratton on July 17, 2008
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This book has a wonderful story that would be great for young kids. The rhymes work perfectly with the picture in the book and the word selection is very nice for a children's book. If your a parent it gives you plenty of room to be creative with your kids with its many sounds. 5 Stars I say!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GrammyReads on October 11, 2010
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I got this book as a gift from my youngest daughter when her sister was expecting my first grandchild. He is two now and it is absolutely his favorite book to hear when he comes to visit. He searches through the book basket until he finds it! I love the rhyme and the pictures are colorful and full of action. The whole book will make you smile and laugh. Great gift book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Petunialilly on April 6, 2012
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I gave this book to my grandson recently. I just learned from my daughter that the book has become a much requested read. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Whitney Cunningham on August 3, 2009
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The Lorigs are amazing authors -- probably children themselves who never quite grew up all the way. They really know how to connect with kids. My 3-year-old daughter can't get enough of this book, and, what's even better, mom and dad enjoy it too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nire3J on May 22, 2011
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I love this book! My baby is only 7 months old and he loves it too - loves the colorful pictures and the funny noises. We have been through lots of boring baby books and this is such a FUN treat for both parents and kids.
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