Everybody Was a Baby Once: and Other Poems

Everybody Was a Baby Once: and Other Poems


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The irresistible duo of Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman return with an original collection of wry and playful poems for young readers.

They’re back! The inspired creators of The Runaway Dinner and The Pencil serve up a shouting, screaming, smiling, whistling, playing, chasing, rhyming romp. Nineteen impishly illustrated poems present a unique cast of babies and witches, sausages and robbers, and a few favorite nursery-rhyme characters sure to entice everybody who ever was a baby.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763646820
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 03/09/2010
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Allan Ahlberg is the acclaimed author of numerous picture books, including three prior titles illustrated by Bruce Ingman. His best-known series, The Jolly Postman and its sequels, has sold over five million copies worldwide. He lives in Bath, England.

Bruce Ingman is the award-winning illustrator of Previously, The Runaway Dinner, and The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg and Boing! by Sean Taylor. He lives in London.

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TeriHogg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is NOT poetry about babies, but a witty and often times hilarious collection of playful poems about every the day life of young children and the creative things they think about. The variety of styles, some only a couplet to one with 6 stanzas, keep the reader interested. The delightful illustrations not only enhance the text but in one poem, ¿The Summer Snowmen¿, cleverly finishes the thought with a wordless two-page spread. The format uses the element of illustrative surprise a number of times where suspense is climaxed by turning the page to an illustrative page with one line of closing text. For instance, in ¿Elephants vs Insects¿, the soccer players ask why the centipede can¿t play until the second half, and we find on the next page a picture illustrating the answer. Topics include sports, seasons and holidays, children¿s play, toys, monsters, and of course babies. My favorite is ¿Monster Munch¿ with its surprising play on words, which is sure to get a scream out of children! While the cover indicates that it¿s for ¿ages 2 and up¿ it is better suited for a little older child who will appreciate the playfulness of words. Highly recommended. Ages 3-7.