From School Library Journal
PreS–In 16 songs, Creech celebrates a newborn's world from the infant's point of view. For example, in Football Baby: My daddy thinks/I am a football./I think that/he is mistaken./I hope that/someone will tell him/that I am a baby./his little sweet baby./…I am not/a little pigskin. Other selections tell of looking like a stuffed banana, of gazing at pictures of me me me! and of Blurping milk/on Mommy's clothes/and Daddy's clothes. Pearly Girl and Joy Boy are charming displays of self-confidence. As songs, the words do not really scan or rhyme, especially without actual music to move the rhythm along. Despite this, the imagery is lovely and babylike. However, the humor and sensibilities are clearly geared to new parents. With warm, muted earth tones and intriguing patterns, Diaz's gorgeous illustrations perfectly capture the love surrounding these infants.–Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT
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PreS-Gr. 2. In this collection of Creech's original poem-songs about new babies, the wee joy-bundles leak, cry, or puke. They resemble a pigskin, stuffed banana, or even "a baby burrito / in a little quilt-o." They are also revered as "bella pearls" and "bello boys." Diaz's warm, melon-colored, pattern-filled paintings also exalt babyhood and its rounded, soft-skinned perfection. Rosebud-mouthed babes of all colors with wide-set eyes hatch from flowers, chew books, sleep, look at pictures, and drool while geometric stars and moons hover about and artfully stylized adults like "two big grandmas" and Bella Mom stand guard: "And this is where I like to be: / up snug close / to my warm, warm mom / where I can hear / her beat-beat heart- / a bella, bella Mom is she." The often-rhythmic, short-lined poem-songs are perfect for reading aloud to baby burritos, but it's the parents and grandparents of newborns who will most appreciate this sentimental celebration of love and babyhood inspired by Creech's own granddaughter. Karin SnelsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved