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From the Publisher

Delightful gift for city-dwelling parents and their urban babies.

Multimedia artwork appeals to tots and their parents.

About the Author

MICHELLE SINCLAIR COLMAN is the creator of the popular Urban Babies Wear Black series. She lives in Waccabuc, New York, with her family.


NATHALIE DION studied design at Concordia University. She lives in Montreal, Canada.
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Product Details

  • Series: An Urban Babies Wear Black Book
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582461589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582461588
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a mother of two in Seattle, and owner of this book, I think that it is a sweet depiction of child-rearing in the city. I was actually just going online to purchase another copy for a friend's shower next week. I am surprised that some of these reviewers see this small book with only twenty words as an entire indictment of the upper middle class. I don't know how taking your child to a coffee shop or a museum makes you "obnoxious" and/or "pretentious". I would say it that it is a fair statement to say that parents everywhere want the best for their children - for them to be well cared-for and well-educated - what should be considered loathsome about that?
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At long last, a board book urban babes can REALLY relate to! Step off, Olivia. Make way, ducklings. Let's wheel the Bugaboo out for a mocha latte playdate and a tour of the Guggenheim, instead! We love the tongue-in-cheek, self-depracating tone -- And the illustrations are fabulous. Would make a fun gift.
-- DC BABY, (...)
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This has to be the best board book I have read in a while! I work as a librarian in a trendy area, and it so reflects the activities and lifestyle of the hip hot mama set in my neighbourhood. Gap babies, Running room joggers, yoga and more. If you know someone with a baby - tell them to get this book!
Unless of course they are totally lacking in a sense of humour about being a "yuppie".
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This clever and fun look at living and loving your life in the city with your baby is terrific! Michelle Sinclair Colman's immense creativity and the cute illustrations make this a wonderful gift for all urban babies and their parents!
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This worthless little shopping list of things that the author likes to do in New York, has very little to offer the children it's allegedly "written" for. I throw those airquotes because the language in this book is literally a list of activities, ascribed to a mythical child:

"Urban babies attend the Ballet."

There's no rhyme, humor, cadence, fun or alliteration. It's simply a bullet point description of things it's feasible to do in Manhattan. The illustrations, while clever and cool, serve only to reinforce the worthlessness of the prose. And some of the illustrations are a little too complex for infants to focus on.

In short, it's the kind of cold, soulless husk of a children's book you'd expect Anna Wintour to write. A pointless collection of idiot snobbery with no redeeming value whatsoever. The artist should team up with a writer who isn't a self-absorbed snob with no real understanding of why infants like to be read to in the first place.

And while urban babies may indeed wear black, you'd think they'd enjoy some color and vibrancy in their lives too. They won't find it this book unless you change all the "lyrics" and tell a slightly more fun story yourself.
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If your baby sneers at a blue or pink onesie ("Mom! How basic!")... then you've got an urban baby.
If your baby's toys range from Artisanal to Eco-Luxury to Architectural to Gender-Neutral, then... you've got an urban baby.
And you'd love this book.

Utterly hilarious, it pokes fun at bohemian-bourgeois parents trying to rear the Most Cultured Kids. It had me laughing from start to finish, and I'd definitely buy it for my pregnant friends. I mean, here in NYC, "Urban babies drink lattes" is a REAL thing (see: Babyccinos), along with daycares that expose 1 yr olds to Abstract Expressionism, and let's not forget... baby DJ school.

Although this book may look Manhattan-specific, it's not. It applies to any metropolitan city, from Park Slope to Portland. It's more of a state of mind. The perfect baby shower gift for urban parents.
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My 19 month old son worships this book....he brings it to me (and anybody else he can get to do it) to read constantly, and will sit through endless readings. It doesn't matter who reads the book, or how they read it, he loves this book! It might be the illustrations, but no matter what other books I try to entice him with, he always comes back to this book and it's been his favorite for six weeks. (His twin brother likes it as well, but doesn't share his level of obsession with it). I'm breaking down and buying some others in the series.
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The "Preppy Handbook" for toddlers! Really cute book, but obviously written more for adults (unless your toddler attends ballet, does yoga, goes to art galleries, or drinks lattes). I bought it for 99 cents on clearance, so I got what I paid for! My kids will look at the pictures of the children playing, but don't get the pop culture references. Overall, find it on sale and you will find it funny!
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