From School Library Journal
PreS. This crackerjack charmer from the team who created 17 Kings and 42 Elephants (Dial, 1987) will delight toddlers with its silliness, animal sounds, and "boom! boom! boom!" Baby throws the tasty lunch Mama has made for her onto the floor while Mama is practicing on her drums. Various animals sneak into the house and eat the food to the rhythm of the drums. A black-faced sheep chews lettuce to the beat of "Boom-biddy-boom-biddy BAA-BAA-BAA!" A cow chomps on a carrot: "Boom-biddy-boom-biddy MOO-MOO-MOO!" This one is a winner, from the blissful mother with the unusual hobby to the chubby-faced baby to the farm animals lurking by the back door. MacCarthy's whimsical illustrations are a perfect blend of pastel hues and intense colors. They actively inhabit each page and propel the story to its loving conclusion.?Ann Cook, Winter Park Public Library, FL
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Ages 3^-5. A group of animals watches through the window as Mama puts her little one in the high chair and piles the tray full of food: bread and honey, lettuce leaves, apple slices, cheese, and a carrot. Mama sits down at her drum set, closes her eyes, and blissfully beats away, while one by one, the animals come in and share the cheerful toddler's feast. The beat of the drums provides an effective refrain for the repetitive actions and words that add to the story's appeal. In the artwork, softly shaded and warmly colored forms echo the roundness of the child's face and the liveliness of the story's action. Young children will especially enjoy being in on Baby's secret: she sees what her mother misses. True, it's not exactly logical that Mama could miss a cow sneaking past her in the kitchen, but let's call that poetic license. Carolyn Phelan