Baby Happy Baby Sad / Bebé feliz bebé triste ISBN 9781536203486; No No Yes Yes / No no sí sí ISBN 9781536203493 by Leslie Patricelli. Candlewick, 2018.
Format: Board books
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Concept books
What did you like about the book? Once again Leslie Patricelli gives readers a chance to see the funny side of baby behavior. These bilingual concept books use the same text on each page (the words of the title) plus animal sounds in English and Spanish. Pets, friends, family, ice cream, falling down, bonking one’s sister on the head – all are familiar situations which can present a conundrum for any baby. Caregivers and babies can read these books together and talk about what we should and shouldn’t do, and what makes us happy or sad. They offer opportunities to explore empathy, as well as a how we can have a sense of humor when we err. The trademark diapered baby in all of Patricelli’s books, happily ungendered, provides a familiar face, one that we never tire of. The last spread in each book offers a variety of additional situations and the accompanying onomatopoeia or other words in both languages.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing
To whom would you recommend this book? Offer these sturdy books to babies and their families, ages 3-18 months.
Who should buy this book? Day cares and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Board books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: December 6, 2018