The Bump: A New Baby
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|Format:||Hardback, 32 pages|
|Other Information: ||chiefly col. Illustrations|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 06 October 2011|
Tender and witty, this is a wonderful celebration of a baby's arrival into the world. A funny and poignant book exploring a mother's joy at being pregnant that will help children understand how much they are loved.
About the Author
Mij Kelly had an extremely colourful and varied childhood house-hopping around the UK, not to mention skipping across to India as well. Mij has worked as a newspaper editor, an oral historian and now, a specialist journalist in artificial intelligence. Mij has two children. She won the Kathleen Fidler Award for her first book in 1993 and One More Sheep won the English Association 4-11 years Award for Best Illustrated Book in 2004. Nicholas Allan studied Fine Art at the Slade and has completed an MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. His highly original picture books have won him several awards including the Sheffield Children's Book Award for The Queen's Knickers and the Federation of Children's Books Best Picture Book Award for Demon Teddy. He lives in Lambeth in a converted pub. This is his first picture book for Hodder Children's Books.
Addressing readers, Kelly shares the story of an expectant mother's "bump": "She cherished that bump like she cherishes you,/ and the bump-like her love-grew and grew." Allan's ink-outlined cartoons in light, airy colors depict the mother as she views the ultrasound, picks out clothing for the baby, and gleefully skips to the hospital hand-in-hand with Dad. There are some oddities in both the rhymes and the plot (at one point, the bump helps the mother-to-be win a sandcastle competition), but it's nonetheless a cheerful, reassuring window into life before Mom was Mom. Ages 3-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
PreS-A mother tells her toddler a story about "someone you know and something that happened a few years ago." She explains in couplets the joys of her pregnancy and her adventures with her "bump," reiterating every so often "and the bump-like her love-grew and grew." At the end, the mother concludes: "And now you're walking on your own./Just look how big her love has grown!" Simple text and cheerful cartoon watercolor and ink illustrations create a warm, cozy book for one-on-one sharing. With joy and humor, the author conveys a sense of the mother's steadfast love for her child even before birth. An appealing slant on an oft-covered topic.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
|Publisher: ||Hodder Children's Books|
|Dimensions: ||0.0 x 20.0 x 27.0 centimeters (0.33 kg)|