Hello, friends! Our book today is This Is Baby, written by Jimmy Fallon and illustrated by Miguel Ordóñez, third in the pair’s trilogy of toddler-friendly books.
This is baby! This is baby’s eyes, this is baby’s nose. To say nothing of baby’s toes, and hair, and elbows! A practical guide to baby’s bodies, this sweet and simple book walks little ones through the words for their parts, and of course, the most important part of all: the love they have to share
This is perhaps an unpopular opinion, but I was never the biggest fan of Fallon’s previous two kidlit books – they were fine, but always had a tone that felt geared more for towards amusing adults than something for little and big bookworms to share. Yet with this third book, Fallon has broken into a more sentimental and genuine tone – and the book is better for it. Sweet, gentle rhyming text does a great job of covering body vocabulary, and pairs nicely with cute animals who compare their own features with baby’s (a rhinoceros for “nose”, a fish for “lips”, etc), which provides an additional source of learning once readers have mastered the body-oriented text. And the ending, a sweet ode to the love that babies and their caregivers share, leaves a warm feeling in the heart that will have old and young ready for a second read. The diverse group of babies, with their cheerful, sweet faces, will charm readers young and old. The length is perfect, and JJ loved this one. A great addition to any first library, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)