BEA'S BOOK NOOK "I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." C. S. Lewis “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Bea Reviews Baby-Boo, I Love You by Sheryl Haft & Illustrated by Jane Massey

Bea's Book Nook, Review, Baby-Boo I Love You, Sheryl Haft, Jane Massey
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: May 2nd, 2017
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Blurb from goodreads:

Little ones love playing with their dolls! Celebrate that love with Baby-Boo, I Love You, and follow one imaginative little girl who adores playing mommy. And as she bathes, feeds, and frolics with her doll, she emulates a nurturing parent-child relationship, showing the universal joys of being cared for and cherished.

Sheryl Haft's delightful text and Jane Massey's endearing illustrations make this a wonderful read-aloud for every child with a favorite doll or stuffed toy, and a reminder of their own parents' never-ending love.

My Thoughts:

"Baby-Boo, I Love You" has a sweet premise of a young girl playing with her doll and cherishing it. The unnamed little girl takes her doll everywhere with her, they play together, and she tenderly cares for it. It is a sweet story but it didn't wow me nor did it wow my class. Now, my class of toddlers may not be the ideal age group; it might work better for preschool children. My toddlers sit quietly when I read it with them but they don't interact with the story, they don't request it, they don't relate to the pictures. They just sit quietly and listen, waiting for the next book. The artwork is old fashioned, and cutesy, done in pastel colors. It's a quiet book, not bright or loud or exciting. There's nothing wrong with that but the fact is, the book fails to excite my toddlers, fails to grab their attention. There's enough repetition in the text to help children predict what will happen next, and the vocabulary is simple enough for younger readers but it doesn't engage the children. I had high hopes for the book, but it just falls flat.

See the book's trailer, here. And check out this free paper doll set from the publisher. I hope that last link works, I had trouble setting it up.


  1. Almost sounds perfect for it won't excite them.

    1. It might work for sleep time, worth a try.


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