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What Shall We Do With The Boo-hoo Baby? Hardcover – October 1, 2000


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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Duck, Cow, Cat and Dog may seem unlikely caregivers for a hysterical infant, but they have some reasonable ideas of how to mollify himAand they'll likely have readers hooting and howling all along the way. "Feed him," says the dog, after a ducky toy doesn't work, and they offer the baby everything from bananas to cat chow, accompanied by a chipper refrain of moos, quacks, meows and bow-wows. But despite these and several other earnest attempts, nothing seems to halt the stream of tears from the round-headed, single-tufted tyke. Belgian artist Godon's pastels heighten the comedy by giving the howling baby one entire side of each full-bleed spread, while the well-meaning quartet huddles on the other. Finally, Duck strikes pay dirt by putting Boo-Hoo Baby down for a nap, where he stays just long enough for the animals to collapse from exhaustion (in the last spread, they slumber as the wide-eyed infant peers through the bars of the crib). Cowell (Don't Do That, Kitty Kilroy!) and Godon (the Nelly and Caesar board books) strip the familiar genre to its bare bones, and it feels almost new again. Cowell's sense of economy and pacing move the story along at a fast clip, while Godon calls attention to the situation's vaudevillian qualities by framing the spreads on the same plane, as if they were scenes from a stage. Ages 2-6. (Oct.)
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From School Library Journal

PreS-The Boo-hoo Baby will not stop crying in spite of the efforts of a cow, cat, dog, and duck. Each animal tries a new trick to placate baby but only duck succeeds. Cowell's text is simple, to the point, and, best of all, full of repetition and animal sounds that delight toddlers. Godon's uncomplicated illustrations of the sobbing child and bewildered animals are a perfect match. Destined to be a staple in preschool programs, this title is a joy to read aloud and the large, uncluttered pictures work equally well for a large group as for one-on-one sharing.-Ann Cook, formerly at Winter Park Public Library, FL

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439153115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439153119
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Cressida Cowell grew up mostly in Central London. She has a BA in English Literature from Oxford University, a BA in Graphic Design from St Martin's and an MA in Narrative Illustration from Brighton. Cressida loves illustrating her own work, but also loves writing books for other people to illustrate as the end result can be so unexpected and inspiring. Cressida has written and illustrated eight books in the popular Hiccup series. The unique blend of child centred humour and sublime prose made Hiccup an instant hit. How to Train Your Dragon has reached over 100,000 sales and is now published in over 30 languages. A Dreamworks feature film is due to be released in 2010. Also the author of picture books, Cressida has won the Nestle Children's Book Prize 2006 and has been shortlisted for many others. Cressida lives in Hammersmith with her husband, three children and two cats.

Customer Reviews

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My 3 year old son loves this book.
Mom of 2 great boys
My husband started to read this book to our 4 month old every time we ran out of ways to stop the crying.
Specki
The illustrations are beautiful and the story is so cute.
L. Vince

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 2003
Format: Board book
I was surprised to see the age range listed as 4 - 8. This is clearly a board book for babies. My 8-month-old sits through it happily and it's quickly become MY favorite book (hers is Brown Bear). The illustrations are adorable. The animals gestures are the perfect touch. Any parent with a boo hoo baby will fall in love with this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul D. Tindall on February 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It is odd to think that a 5 month old baby would have a preference of books, but this one seems to be one of the few that my son noticeably enjoys having read to him. When he is fussy, it even has a strange calming effect. Perhaps it is the funny animal sounds I get to make to him as I read (he especially likes the quacking duck sound). Perhaps it is the drawing style and the earthy color tones. Perhaps it is that the book is big enough for him to reach out and grab onto as I read it to him. Perhaps it is that he senses how much fun I am having reading it to him.
I simply do not know what it is about this book that makes it one of my son's favorites...but I highly recommend giving it a try.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katja Adams on August 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My daughter just turned one, but I have been reading this book to her (in Swedish) for the past few months. Recently, she started bringing it to me. When I sit her in my lap and start reading the book to her, she starts giggling over the repetitive storyline and, in her own way, asks me to read it again when we get to the end. I might get tired of reading the same story over and over, but I sure don't get tired of seeing the joy in my little girl's face!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought this for my second daughter when she was 10 months old, it quickly became her all time most loved book, and her 2 year old sister loved to read it with her. Now with a new baby in the family my now 2 year old and 3 1/2 year old still love it, and read along with it. They also now know to find the reason that their little brother is crying - does he want to play, feed, sleep etc. It is easy to read, discuss and involve your children in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on August 29, 2003
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I was a bit worried as I thought this book might be too young for my 2+ year old. But she loves it and it has soon become her favourite. It has helped with the tantrums of "terrible two's" (eg. "why are you being a boo-hoo baby?" and "I'm not a boo-hoo baby I'm a big girl...") and even better, has helped her understand what will happen when she becomes a big sister and what the baby will be like.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Levin on July 6, 2003
Format: Board book
"What shall we do with the boo-hoo baby?"
This book is hilarious, sure to make any 3, 4, or 5 year old laugh (and adults too)! Most young children are fascinated with both babies and farm animals, put them both together and you have a delightful, humorous story. The repetetive/predictable text in this book makes it a must have for all Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers. I am including this book in my lesson plans for my unit on Families, but it could easily be used for the Farm unit as well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. O'neal on July 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book was given to my son when he was about 6 months old. He is 13 months now and this is still one of his favorites. Such a simple, sweet storyline with darling illustrations. Whenever my 3 year old hears us reading it she will drop what she is doing and come listen. I have caught her reading it to her brother a time or two as well. A favorite at our house.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victoria A. Babineau on July 22, 2003
Format: Board book
Every time we get this book out my 7month old son's face breaks into a big smile. My husband and I both go overboard when we read the boo hoo hoo part and my son goes crazy! It is just the cutest story!
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