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Laugh-Out-Loud Baby (Paula Wiseman Books)

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Publisher Comments:

andlt;bandgt;From Caldecott Medalist Stephen Gammell and beloved writer Tony Johnston, this joyous picture book celebrates the sound of a babyand#8217;s laughter.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The family gathers round to hear the sweet sound of the new babyand#8217;s sweet laugh! But just because everyone has gathered doesnand#8217;t mean the babyand#8217;s ready. When the moment finally comes, the sound makes everyone else laugh tooand#8212;aunts, uncles, cousins, and even great-grandma. It seems no one can resist the sound of babyand#8217;s laugh. And who would want to?andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; With simple, endearing text and Stephen Gammelland#8217;s unmistakable art, this tribute to the joy a young childand#8217;s laughter will quickly become a family favorite.

Review:

"A baby's inaugural laugh — 'That small spill of happiness,' as Johnston (Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea) felicitously puts it — is so infectiously joyful that it makes everyone in the tyke's rural, tumbledown community come running. But laughing on demand is clearly not baby's thing — even when visitors try 'smiling like pumpkins' and the seemingly surefire 'coochy-coo.' What will it take to get the giggles going again? Unfortunately, both the question and its answer fall flat. Johnston's rustic lyricism is well matched to Gammell's (Mudkin) luminous mixed-media illustrations, which portray an entire town of quirky personalities (the baby's father sports a top hat and a ponytail, and thrift shop ensembles prevail among his friends and neighbors); there's an undeniable mood of genial comic chaos. But the story feels woolly and unfocused — it's one of those books that forces readers to flip the pages backward to keep track of what's happening. Even more critically, the grownups' desire to make the baby laugh one more time never translates into narrative momentum or comic urgency. Ages 4 — 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Tony Johnston is a renowned author of more than one hundred books for young readers. Her most recent book, Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea, illustrated by Stacy Innerst, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Her other books include The Iguana Brothers, illustrated by Mark Teague; the Sparky and Eddie books, illustrated by Susannah Ryan; The Quilt Story and The Badger and the Magic Fan, both illustrated by Tomie dePaola; The Wagon, illustrated by James E. Ransome; and Yonder, illustrated by Lloyd Bloom. Tony lives with her family in San Marino, California.

Stephen Gammell is the beloved illustrator of more than fifty books for children?, including Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman, which received the Caldecott Medal; two Caldecott Honor Books, The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant and Where the Buffaloes Begin by Olaf Baker; and The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School by Judy Sierra. Stephen lives with his wife, Linda, in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781442413801
Author:
Johnston, Tony
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Author:
Gammell, Stephen
Subject:
Family - New Baby
Subject:
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c (reflective)
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
10.25 x 9 in
Age Level:
from 4 up to 8

Related Subjects

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A baby's inaugural laugh — 'That small spill of happiness,' as Johnston (Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea) felicitously puts it — is so infectiously joyful that it makes everyone in the tyke's rural, tumbledown community come running. But laughing on demand is clearly not baby's thing — even when visitors try 'smiling like pumpkins' and the seemingly surefire 'coochy-coo.' What will it take to get the giggles going again? Unfortunately, both the question and its answer fall flat. Johnston's rustic lyricism is well matched to Gammell's (Mudkin) luminous mixed-media illustrations, which portray an entire town of quirky personalities (the baby's father sports a top hat and a ponytail, and thrift shop ensembles prevail among his friends and neighbors); there's an undeniable mood of genial comic chaos. But the story feels woolly and unfocused — it's one of those books that forces readers to flip the pages backward to keep track of what's happening. Even more critically, the grownups' desire to make the baby laugh one more time never translates into narrative momentum or comic urgency. Ages 4 — 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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