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. Volume IX Number 9 . . . . January 3, 2003
Yo Baby! is a “guess what comes next” book. For example, on the left-hand side of each two page spread, there is the completion of the phrase started on the previous page (e.g. butterfly), and on the right-hand side the first words of the next phrase (e.g. I'm not a butterfly, I'm a.). This arrangement is used repeatedly through the book with various animals and objects, e.g. pineapple, desert island, handsome hound, big hairy ape and soap bubble.
The 'I'm not a ' pattern works but might be better served with a repetition of the 'Yo' phrase each time. (e.g. I'm not a butterfly, I'm a giraffe. Yo giraffe. I'm not a giraffe, I'm a ).
Schwartz's coloured pencil illustrations have their own story. The butterfly, giraffe, and pineapple set sail in a boat made from the newspaper, pick up the handsome hound and land on the desert island and so on.
Precious library dollars would be better spent on the classics of this genre, books such as I Went Walking and Brown Bear Brown Bear.
Recommended with reservations.
Lethbridge, AB’s Ruth Scales McMahon is the co-chair of the Rocky Mountain Book Award and the mother of two young children.
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