Rutabaga Boo! – Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, pictures by Bonnie Adamson

          Rutabaga Boo! – Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, pictures by Bonnie Adamson, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, (9781481424615), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Two simple words convey the loving relationship between a little boy and his mother.  The text of the book is made up of the boy saying “Rutabaga” while his mother answers “Boo.”  Throughout the story the two words can express playfulness as the duo wake up, eat breakfast and play hide-and-seek.  Worry shows when the little boy sees mom’s briefcase and is left with an older woman (babysitter  or grandmother?) – ”Rutabaga…”  Then there is joy after a day spent drawing, skypping with mom, getting ready for bed and Mom’s return.  This is a beautifully simple and reassuring book about a mother’s constant love, even when she is out of sight.  The pen and watercolor illustrations fill the spaces between the call and response words. A gentle story about a mother and son relationship and the little tradition that keeps them together.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Share this with a child who is adjusting to a parent going to work. A lovely story that children can help read aloud.  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 5/15/17             

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