Written by Atinuke
Illustrated by Angela Brooksbank
Publisher’s Synopsis: “Atinuke and Angela Brooksbank, creators of the award-winning Baby Goes to Market, pair up again for a bright and beautiful first book of words.”
From the cover of the book you might think this is a cute ABC book meant for babies, BUT it’s about what all the special letter “B” can stand for! At the same time, it is telling a sweet story about a brother, his baby sister and Baba. It gives a glimpse into their lives set in West Africa. Little does the brother know that his baby sister is actually quite curious and adventurous. Not only do the illustrations show this adorable baby girl but the illustrations surprisingly flow well even though the words all have to start with the letter “B”. There are gorgeous two page spreads that beautifully complement the simple word sentences and tell a large part of the story as Baby and her brother travel to Baba’s house.
This book also does a phenomenal job of showing the beauty of Africa through a small child’s eye. The illustrations are bright and large, perfect for sharing aloud with a group of toddlers. The pages are filled with realistic cute animals, people, and landscapes. Children love playing with the sounds made by letters and words. The rhythms made by combinations of the two are like a sympathy to their ears. If what they are hearing has a melody, they are more likely to remember it and want you to read it again.
I absolutely LOVED this book, it was adorable, entertaining, and dynamic. I could definitely see it being hilarious to children and the illustrations were extremely impressive with their attention to detail. This book could be used in a lesson to a group of kids who are learning about the letter “B”! I would most likely recommend this book for ages 3 and up.
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