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The Baby Goes Beep Hardcover – July 18, 2003

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PreSchool-O'Connell uses rhythmic verses and familiar sound effects to portray a busy toddler's full day. The simple, repetitive text ("The baby goes Yum/The baby goes Yum Yum/The baby goes Yum Yum Yum Yum") will appeal to the very youngest listeners. Featuring bright colors and bold, clunky shapes outlined in black, the uncluttered illustrations perfectly complement the text. The joy of this active child's explorations and the comforting presence of his/her loving mother and father will not be lost on the intended audience.
Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL
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PreS. From playtime to mealtime, bath time to bedtime, the active toddler in this on-target picture book punctuates a day's activities with beeps, booms, splashes, and other irresistible words. Using bouncy text ("The baby goes Yum / The baby goes Yum Yum / The baby goes Yum Yum Yum Yum"), O'Connell plays on the delighted repetition and experimentation that are hallmarks of language development. Seasoned illustrator Wilson-Max, whose saturated colors and sturdy black outlines have earned him a following among toddlers and preschoolers, humorously extends O'Connell's words; in one scene, enthusiastic "beeps" inspired by a car ride are followed by impish beeps as the baby honks Dad's nose. With its exuberant mood and bold, playfully varied fonts, this celebration of noisiness makes for an ideal participatory storytime. It also gives silence its due; on the last spread, a wide-awake baby shushes itself to let tuckered-out parents catch some Zs. Jennifer Mattson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; 1 edition (July 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761317899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761317890
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,772,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My toddler picked this book out himself, (I think the driving baby on the book's cover got his attention) and we read it AT LEAST seven times before the day was over.
It is about a baby in a close, loving family of a mom, a dad, a baby, and a nice gray cat. The baby has a merry, active day, "driving" a toy car in his carseat, playing with pots and pans, reading a little book, taking a bath, and doing other baby things. What makes it special is that real-life babies/toddlers who are hearing the story will recognize all the things the baby is doing as part of their day, too. The words have a nice rhythm and rhyme to them, and the pictures are bright, colorful, and detailed. My little guy liked pointing to the cat.
Sometimes, as a parent, I dread hearing "read it again!" after the fourth or fifth time I've already read a book, but this one stood up to repeated readings. Even better, the words are easy to memorize (it is kind of like a poem) so we could say lines from the book to each other even when we weren't reading. It was like a private joke.
The Baby Goes Beep has already become a favorite in my family.
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I bought this board book for my one and two year old boys because we read it at the library and they loved it. However the hardcover has more in it than the board book. I was a little disappointed that it was a shortened version but I guess I should have bought the hardcover.
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This is a great book. However, be aware that the board book version has less pages than the hard cover version. My toddler noticed the difference and that is the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. I wish the difference was indicated in the description, but it wasn't at the time I purchased it.
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The Baby Goes Beep is one of my son's favorites. He's 16 months old and loves the bouncy, rhyming text and sunshine-bright illustrations. Best of all, he loves to give the book a kiss when we get to the "baby goes smooch" page spread. This book is an excellent choice for babies and toddlers.
As a side note, this book was a Charlotte Zolotow honor book for 2004 -- the award given for the best picture book writing of the year (the Caldecott is for illustration). Kudos to O'Connell!
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I bought this book for my grandson when he was a few months old, based on the reviews here. He is now almost a year old and still LOVEs it. When given a choice, he always picks The Baby Goes Beep, and I sometimes have to read it over several times in a row. The down side is that it's not interesting from an adult's point of view. In fact, my daughter refuses to read it to him any more! However, it is a must-have from baby's point of view.
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My son (now 10 months) loved this book so much when we borrowed it from the library that I had to purchase one we could keep at home. He loves this book, the pictures and colors are cute and vibrant and he love how the words are repeated. It's a great board book for babies. I would definitely recommend this book for parents of young children!
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I had to return this and get it on eBay because this newer version doesn't have the same rhythm that my daughter and I love sooooo much. I had no idea the book was changed when I bought it and I have no idea why it was changed. Don't mess with a good thing!
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My 9 month old loves this book. We read it over and over again. He studies and points to the drawings more than any other book we have. He smiles and even responds by turning to smooch me when we read the "Baby goes Smooch" page. It's such a simple book but really holds his attention.
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