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About the Author

Leslie Patricelli is the creator of a series of best-selling board books starring her adorable bald baby. She is also the author-illustrator of two picture books about the Patterson Puppies as well as HIGHER! HIGHER!, a BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Honor winner. She lives in Ketchum, Idaho.
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Product Details

  • Series: Leslie Patricelli board books
  • Board book: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Brdbk edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763645672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763645670
  • 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 (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,743 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By betsy on February 17, 2012
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My children love all of Ms. Patricelli's books, but this one has to be our all-time #1 hit. I am not exaggerating when I say I read it 20 times the first night it came out of the Amazon box! The genius of these books lies in two areas: the simple text and the hilarious illustrations of the baby...that gi-normous grin gives all of us the giggles. My toddlers love reading along..."whee!" "ow!" etc.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jheddy on January 28, 2012
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My son loves this book! Started reading it to him when he was very young and he lights up every time he sees the book! Loves bath time because of the book. All of Leslie Patricelli's books are great. We also love Big Little and Yummy Yucky. Very simple pages for our little one to look at where he does not loose his attention. Highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michele A. Jones on November 14, 2011
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My grandson loved this book so much that my daughter had to hide it after reading it to him a zillion times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Korall on July 10, 2014
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As normal, Leslie's illustrations are just perfect! The colors and story are so cute! However it has a page where the baby gets water in his face, and he say's ow, until mommy rubs it dry. Then says all better! My son currently has no problem with water in his face, and I hope he never does. I surely don't want him to get any idea to change his opinion on the matter. So when I read this, I just say he's getting his face washed. On the flip side, if your child hates water in his face, then this can validate his feelings, and they can relate. Which is awesome! So if you're on the fence, just buy it! It's a great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 6, 2014
Format: Board book
Leslie Patricelli, Tubby (Candlewick Press, 2010)

Patricelli's Potty was our favorite potty-related book, so this was a natural. Same ridiculously cute baby going through the joys of tubby time in language that's easy for the pre-lit crowd to parse. Does it help with fear of the bathtub? I have no idea. Does my kid love it? Yes indeed. This was a library book, but it got pulled out at story time during those three weeks more often than not; considering buying it for the permanent collection. *** ½
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ben on May 14, 2014
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My grandchild just loves this book. Its a sturdy board book, very simple, but oh so charming to adults as well as delighting my grandchildren. The kids seem to be able to relate to this simple story of getting ready for a bath, bathtime, and finally , coming out nice and clean. Perfect little story before bedtime for your little ones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna Albano on December 12, 2014
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What can I say, I\'m in love with Leslie's books. My 2 year old likes them too, and can flip through the pictures endlessly. Even my 8 year old loves them! The quality is great, durable, and the illustrations are hilarious. The little baby reminds me of my own son!
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Leslie Patricelli is extremely well-known for her Baby board book series and this recent addition is one that will be accepted with open arms from old and new fans alike. Centered around the ever popular Baby, the story features that favorite (and least favorite for some) time of day, bath time. Covered in dirt from head to toe by the end of the day it's about time to get clean, all while having a fun time and trying not to get mom and dad too wet. From funny faces with bubbles to counting duckies on the ledge of the tub, Baby has a wonderful time all while getting squeaky clean!

Do you have trouble getting a kiddo in the bath? We do. Most nights the kiddos are extremely excited for that fun time before bedtime when they can play around in the water and get clean from a day of roughing it up. Well, when it comes down to it, we often have difficulties actually getting them into the tub. Not every time, but it happens...more often than I'd like. It's all about getting them into the tub, illustrating what exactly it is they have to look forward to and how much better they'll feel once they're all finished. Tubby is the perfect helper! By reading it during the day I've been able to help Littlebug and Turkeybird prepare for what's to come so they can really be happy for it; and it definitely works. Not only that, it's just a really fun book to read.

Tubby is a fantastic addition to Leslie Patricelli's already brilliant library of books; No No Yes Yes being one of our very favorites. This is the perfect book for bedtime as well as for getting kiddos ready for what can sometimes be a difficult thing. There are many reasons that kiddos may have an aversion to bath time, fear of the water being one.
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