Synopses & Reviews
Join a crowd of cranky babies as they take to the streets!
The babies turned east at the corner of Main saying, “goo-goo” and “ga-ga” and “Out of our way!”
These babies have had it!
No more mashed peas!
No more bibs!
No more frilly clothes!
Their demands are loud and clear—but are their moms and dads ready to listen?
"Fed up with patronizing, rule-wielding grownups, an entire population of babies organizes a protest march well, waddle to town hall ('We're slow, but we'll get there'), where they insist that their parents listen to their demands. 'Stop tickling our tootsies and kissing our noses!/ Stop calling us sweet and adorable names!/ Stop blowing loud raspberries right on our bellies!/ And stop, oh please STOP, with those peekaboo games!' Will the mothers and fathers finally listen, or just find this too, utterly adorable? Although a far-too-wistful ending holds the story back from being a satiric tour de force, Diesen (The Pout-Pout Fish) gets the we're-not-gonna-take-it tone exactly right ('Take notes. You will need them. We'll try to be clear'), while scoring a few direct hits on contemporary parenting ('We won't play with smart toys to skip us a grade'). Dockray (The Tushy Book) gleefully and vividly reimagines babies' chunky, blunt physicality as the manifestation of civil disobedience after closing this book, it will be difficult to look at anyone under 36 months and not see a budding Emma Goldman or Eugene V. Debs. Ages 3 6." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
DEBORAH DIESEN’s first picture book, The Pout-Pout Fish
, was a New York Times
best seller and one of Time
magazine’s Top Ten Children’s Books of 2008. A former reference librarian and bookseller, Deborah enjoys doing school and library visits and writing on her blog, Jumping The Candlestick (www.jumpingthecandlestick.blogspot.com). She lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons.
TRACY DOCKRAY has illustrated 21 books, including two that she wrote herself, but Tracy is probably best known as the illustrator of the latest editions of Beverly Cleary’s classic chapter series, including the Ramona and Ralph S. Mouse books. She lives in a West Village brownstone in New York City with her husband and three children.