Everybody Was a Baby Once and Other Poems

Allan Ahlberg, Author, Bruce Ingman, Illustrator , illus. by Bruce Ingman. Candlewick $15.99 (63p) ISBN 978-0-7636-4682-0

These picture books say it in verse.

Everybody Was a Baby Once and Other Poems Allan Ahlberg , illus. by Bruce Ingman. Candlewick , $15.99 (64p) ISBN 978-0-7636-4682-0

From the creators of The Pencil , these 19 poems cover whimsical territory and feature kids, angels, sausages, and monsters, rendered in kinetic, childlike sketches. A few poems strike nostalgic, melancholy notes (“We are the old dolls/ Losing our hair/ Hats and dresses/ The worse for wear”), but most are upbeat, with gently jazzy rhythms, like the title poem: “Everybody was a baby once/ Everybody was a baby once/ Everybody went to beddy/ With a little furry teddy.” The Lilliputian cast and memorable verse could make this a dog-eared favorite. Ages 2–up. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 02/08/2010
Release date: 03/01/2010
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