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Here Come the Babies - Catherine Anholt

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Catherine Anholt, Laurence Anholt / Edition: New edition / Paperback / 32 Pages / Book is published 2006-11-06 by Walker Books Ltd

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      20.07.2011 21:51
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      A brilliant book both myself and my daughter enjoyed

      We picked up this book from our local library a couple of weeks ago, I have found that since my daughter has had a little sister she is drawn to anything to do with babies and so with babies all over the cover she was drawn to this book. The book is written by Laurence Anholt and illustrated by Catherine Anholt, although I had never heard of these people I have since found that they have written over 100 books for children and they have won Nestlé Smarties Gold Award and been named in the top ten children's authors by The Independent.

      The front cover of the book displays the first three words of the title in bold pale blue writing and then the word babies is written in larger font in different colours and patterns and the title is placed through the centre of the cover making it very attractive to little eyes. The title is surrounded by 7 little pictures of babies doing different things such as in a highchair, playing with a toy and banging a pan with a spoon. Before we even got to read the book my daughter enjoyed pointing out what each baby on the cover was doing and comparing them to the things her sister does.

      Inside the book before you reach the story there is a double page of pictures each one being from a different nursery rhyme, myself and my daughter sat working out which nursery rhymes each picture was from and then sang the nursery rhymes too. The pictures are not drawn realistically and just seem to float around the page with them being of all different sizes but I found that part of the charm and the characters were easy to recognise.

      The book isn't so much as story as a long poem, each page has a few words in large black and then there is a rhyme about the different things babies do, the first page has "here come the babies" in bold and then it is followed by "babies in boxes, babies in boots, babies on backs, babies in socks, babies in suits, babies in sacks" I find that I think it would read better if the word and was put between the fifth and sixth little sentence. Every page is the same style but covers different things to do with babies such as what are babies like? What do babies look like? What are mornings like? And what are mealtimes like? To name a few, each page or double page covers a different topic.

      On each page there are some lovely illustrations and you can say what is happening in the book from the pictures, I particularly like books that you can tell the story from the pictures as my daughter likes to read it back to me once I have read to her. The whole book is written in rhyme which I like as I find these books flows nicely from page to page and the text is not in straight lines on every page but is made more interesting by been written in different ways such as waves.

      My daughter found parts of this funny such as the picture of a cot with a naked baby jumping in it and the baby wearing socks on his head, she liked that some of the things in the story were the same as her sister such as sitting in boxes and having bubbly beards from the bath. This is a lovely book that my daughter can identify with, it also gives her an idea of what is still to come as her sister is only 10 months at the moment. I would certainly recommend this book and I am sure that my daughter would too.

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