From School Library Journal
PreS–This sweet book is worthy of its well-loved creators. The rhyming, rhythmic verses are clear and playful, and the familiar goings-on will inspire youngsters to mimic the children they see on the pages. “These itsy-bitsy babies play peek-a-boo./Those itsy-bitsy babies like to shampoo..../These itsy-bitsy babies eat toast and eggs./Those itsy-bitsy babies look through their legs.” Colorful backdrops fade under the text, making the words easy to read. Pastel illustrations show cheerful babies–and a few toddlers–from a variety of backgrounds. This title will work well as a read-aloud one-on-one and in groups.–Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
A charmer for young children, this picture book introduces a multicultural cast of babies and toddlers engaged in everyday activities such as playing peek-a-boo, splashing through a puddle, and trying on hats. Short and precise, Wild’s rhyming couplets offer plenty of chances for children to chime in with the end words, but many little listeners will prefer just to watch the babies in the engaging pictures. Ormerod’s clean, crayonlike drawings illustrate one or more babies with a few props (a stroller on one page, a drum on another) and create a sense of changing settings with flat, sometimes patterned areas of gentle, chalk-toned colors above and below the horizon line in each picture. Sure to please baby and parent alike, this ends with a couplet that goes, “All the itsy-bitsy babies are full of bliss. All the itsy-bitsy babies want to kiss, kiss, kiss!” Simple, satisfying fare for the very young. Preschool. --Carolyn Phelan