Karen Katz has written and illustrated more than fifty picture books and novelty books including the bestselling Where Is Baby's Belly Button? After graduating from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, she attended the Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture where she became interested in folk art, Indian miniatures, Shaker art, and Mexican art. Her book, Counting Kisses, was named one of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids by Scholastic Parent & Child and was a Children's Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. Karen, her husband Gary Richards, and their daughter, Lena, divide their time between New York City and Saugerties, New York. Learn more about Karen Katz at KarenKatz.com.
Where Is Baby's Yummy Tummy?
Karen Katz. Little Simon, $6.99 (10p) ISBN 978-1-4424-2165-3
Katz's characteristically chubby and happy babies are at the center of this peek-a-boo book. Where are baby's feet/ that are/ good enough/ to eat? asks the opening spread. The answer (and the feet) are revealed under a floral flap (Under the blanket!). A gleeful baby's knees are behind a colorful beach ball, and a baby's tushy/ that's soft/ and smooshy peeks out from under the baby's diaper. A tender way for parents to bond with their infants. Ages 1-4. --Publishers Weekly, June 20, 2011
This peek-a-boo provides a stellar examination of the human
An encouraging voice calls for the location of each sweet and cuddly body part. Beginning with the toes, each gentle question follows a consistent rhyming format. From feet "good enough to eat" to a nose "as pretty as a rose," tykes of various ethnicities play an active role in their exploration. The perspective zooms in on the jovial babes, giving them every inch of each page. Katz's signature solid spreads incorporate clean patterns with light details. The strategic flaps placed in different corners use objects commonly found in daily life (blanket, teddy bear) to fully hide each featured choice. The coy text playfully calls for audience participation. "Where is baby's tushy / that's soft and smooshy?"; a naked behind peeks from underneath a diaper when the flap is pulled down. The final example highlights the youngster's entire form.
Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2011