“ Genre: Junior Books / Author: Beth Harwood / Edition: Brdbk / Board book / Reading Level: Ages 4-8 / 16 Pages / Book is published 2006-11-30 by Silver Dolphin „
This lovely hardback book is the current favourite of my fourteen month old baby. It is the one book that he hunts out time and time again and insists on having it read to him over and over. Luckily, this book has become one of my firm favourites too - largely because of my baby's cute reactions to the story.
From cover to cover, this book is 18 pages long and is a sturdy hardback - so definitely made to withstand toddlers and the endless re-reading (and occasional chewing!) Each double page features a black and white photograph of a baby. I suppose most of us have heard that very tiny babies respond better to black and white images, because of the contrasting colours, so I would imagine that this book is marketed as being suitable from birth.
I started reading this with my baby when he was a year old and just starting to say a few words. Two of these words were 'baby' and 'boo', both of which feature heavily in this little book, so it is ideal for his current level of development. As well as the black and white images there are different colours and images used throughout the book so it is still bright and attractive to older babies too.
The first picture on opening the book is a sleeping baby. My baby just points at this picture saying 'baby!' (He's got a slight French accent when he says this, just for the record.) The next page shows a different baby puckering his lips up for a kiss. The words are 'kiss, kiss, I love you!' This is the point that my own baby gives the baby in the picture a big wet sloppy kiss! Again - another bonus to a sturdy board book is the ability to wipe away slobbery wet baby kisses without any lasting damage!
Just for good measure, he goes on to kiss the baby over on the next two pages too! Eventually, you turn over to a page with no baby photo on it and the words 'baby, baby, where are you?' My own baby starts to get all excited at this point as he now knows exactly whats coming over the page. He starts shouting 'Boo!' before I've even managed to turn over and, sure enough, there is a big happy smiling baby over the page and the word 'boo!'
The final page is a lovely closing touch, featuring a mirror and the words 'peekaboo! It's you!' We tend to use our baby's name at this time and he just goes wild shouting boo! at his own image. Sometimes he sees the reflection of the reader in the little mirror as well and gets even more excited shouting 'mama' or 'dada'! This is the point that the whole thing gets repeated...again...and again...and again. The bonus of this particular book is that we never get tired of reading it either - just because my baby's responses are so lovely to see!
This book is part of the 'Amazing Baby' range, which features similar titles for babies. This particular book can currently be purchased from Amazon for £3.01 (plus p&p) and is well worth every penny just to see your own baby puckering up to all the babies in the book!
Update May 09: At almost two, my youngest still enjoys reading this little book. Money well spent!