Hello Baby!
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Hello Baby!

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Clever monkey babies, dusty lion babies, sleepy leopard babies, hairy warthog babies. But which baby is the most treasured one of all? 'Like her Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Fox's newest has all the marks of a lap-sit classic. In mellifluous motherese, the narrator poses a series of playful questions to a baby- 'Are you a monkey with clever toes?/ Perhaps you're a porcupine, twitching its nose.' After 11 more such guesses (featuring such animal faves as the gecko, the hippo and the warthog), the narrator finally gets it right- 'Wait, let me guess - Are you my treasure? The answer is...... Yes!' While Fox is cooing as only she can, Jenkins (What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?) works his usual magic with cut paper. In many of his large-scale close-ups - the images spill across and off the spreads-his subjects' big, expressive eyes seem locked in a gaze with the reader. Ingeniously stylized shapes (like the coils of gray paper that form an elephant's trunk) combine with sumptuous detailing that brings alive the parade of scales, fur and feathers.' - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 'A warm authorial voice asks baby, 'Who are you?' and a parade of potential animals follows. Rhyming questions introduce furry and scaly candidates, creating an irresistible call-and-response, conversational reading experience. Young readers will surely answer each erroneous guess with an emphatic, enthusiastic 'Noooo...... !' Jenkins's vibrant cut-and torn-paper close-ups of exotic animals appear on double-page spreads of ample white space, giving readers room to thoroughly consider both illustrations and text. Vivid swaths of color and texture capture elephant wrinkles, crinkly gecko skin and even warthog whiskers. A small, full-body silhouette of each animal appears as well, providing a glimpse of the creature in motion. Fox's original language offers equally strong depictions of wildlife. She all but animates the stellar illustrations- A monkey fidgets with 'clever' toes, a crocodile sits 'silent and scary' and an owl gives readers a 'wicked wink.' Anticipation builds as baby waits for the right answer, which comes as a sweet finish on the final page. This picture book brims with fascinating animals, brilliant words and engaging artwork; it begs for cozy nightly readings.' - KIRKUS REVIEWSshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 258 x 262 x 9mm | 426g
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Viking Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • 0670074004
  • 9780670074006
  • 355,036

About Mem Fox

Mem Fox has written over 38 books for adults and children including Possum Magic, which has sold over three million copies and is the bestselling picture book ever in Australia. Mem has been presented with many awards including an AM in the 1993 Australia Day Honours for services to the cultural life of Australia; an SA Great Award for Literature in 2001; the Prime Minister's Centenary Medal in 2003; and she was shortlisted for the Australian of the Year in 2004. She worked as an Associate Professor of Literacy Studies in the School of Education at Flinders University, South Australia for twenty-four years and is now an international literacy consultant. Mem's books with Penguin include Where is the Green Sheep?, Hunwick's Egg, A Particular Cow, Where The Giant Sleeps, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Hello Baby!, The Goblin and the Empty Chair, A Giraffe in the Bath and most recently Baby Bedtime. She lives in Adelaide, Australia. 'Mem Fox's books are like a warm blanket; they have a way of making the world seem a little cosier.' Sunday Ageshow more