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Because You Are My Baby Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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In rhythms reminiscent of those in Margaret Wise Brown’s Runaway Bunny, a mother’s endearments to her baby begin, “If I were a sailor, I would sail the world with you, / With sails of cotton candy and a handy penguin crew,” and close with “And if I were a genie, / I would make your dreams come true. . . / Because you are my baby / I would do anything for you.” In between, Mother assumes a variety of professions, including train engineer, mountaineer, and geologist. North’s rhyming text is occasionally forced, but her imagined motherly roles offer occasions for visualization of Baby’s reactions (one spread shows him catching a winning touchdown in his footy pajamas). Hall’s watercolors have a golden tone, as if suffused with late afternoon sun, and his retro, subdued palette anchors a naive style that calls up Syd Hoff’s cartoons. The sentimental text is balanced by simple geometric shapes that evoke rockets, sea life, and airplanes adventuring happily together in uncluttered spreads. Preschool. --Janice Del Negro
About the Author
Marcellus Hall has created artwork for the New Yorker, Time, GQ, Sports Illustrated, Parenting, and Nick magazine. This is his first children’s book. Raised in Minneapolis, he currently lives in New York City.
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Another reviewer said the book is not for babies, and that is likely true. But, our son started paying attention when he was about one and a half, and he still likes it a lot now at two and a half. It is in regular bedtime rotation and has proven to be a good investment.
Again, I can't stress enough how much I love the artwork. Just fabulous.