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The Wicked Big Toddlahby Kevin Hawkes
Synopses & Reviews
Absolutely nothing exciting happens in Maine...nothing, that is, except for the birth of one giant baby. "That's one wicked big toddlah you got there!" exclaims Uncle Bert...and so Toddie is named.
Toddie's a baby just like any other...sort of. The thing is, he's big — really big. That means really big diapers, really big teeth, really big everything. From new booties that wear out the knitter to a bath in the ocean (it's fun to play with boats!), Toddie goes through all the stages of baby's first year...it's just a little different for Toddie.
Kids will laugh out loud as they see Toddie get into more and more trouble...it's time for giant laughs all around!
"'In this amiable tall tale, Hawkes (Library Lion) introduces a Paul Bunyan-esque baby who wreaks havoc with lobster pots and playfully blows sailboats across a bay. On 'the snowiest day of the year,'an overloaded stork struggles to deliver an enormous parcel to Maine. The next spread shows a plump, gargantuan infant arm reaching across a hospital room as baby's Toddie's new parents and three siblings gape. 'Uncle Bert whistled, 'That's a wicked big toddlah ya got theyah, Jessie!' ' Subsequent spreads visualize Toddie's early months with his doting family in the Maine woods. He comes home from the hospital on a flatbed truck, dressed in an enormous red onesie and 'booties that Mimmie Newcomb had knitted for him' (shellshocked Mimmie has wrapped her hands in bandages after her knitting ordeal). At diaper-changing time, family members don white toxic-cleanup jumpsuits and man a fire hose out on the lawn. Soon Toddie learns to speak and greets his relatives 'in his biggest Maine voice,' saying, 'hihowaahya?!!' Kid-pleasing scenes imagine Toddie bathing in the bay with fishing boats as toys, devouring an entire ice cream truck and being covered in fresh maple syrup after squeezing a tree trunk (and getting forest creatures, tin buckets, lumberjacks and relatives stuck to himself in the process). Hawkes's droll paintings capture the state's changing seasons and crisp blue skies, while poking affectionate fun at rural living: the family bookshelf covers 'Huntin',' 'Fishin' ' and 'Sailin',' and many locals sport red-and-black hunting caps with earflaps. Readers needn't be from Maine to revel in the regional colloquialisms and slapstick gags that invigorate this larger-than-life story. Ages 4-8. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A good if rather plotless addition to the tall-tale repertoire, gentler but funnier than Paul Bunyan's babyhood, with big, bright pictures ideal for group sharing." Horn Book Magazine
"Though the plot is thin, the sheer exuberance of the pictures and title character will keep children's imaginations stoked with the big-time possibilities of life as a giant." School Library Journal
An award-winning artist creates a laugh-out-loud story about one giant baby in Maine. From new booties that wear out the knitter to a bath in the ocean, Toddie goes through all the stages of baby's first year...its just a little different for Toddie.
About the Author
Kevin Hawkes is the illustrator of many well-loved books for young readers, including My Little Sister Ate One Hare<, My Little Sister Hugged an Ape, both by Bill Grossman, and And to Think that We Thought that We'd Never Be Friends by Mary Ann Hoberman. This is the second picture book that he has both written and illustrated. He lives in Gorham, Maine.
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