Baby Feminists

Libby Babbott-Klein, illus. by Jessica Walker. Viking, $9.99 (24p) ISBN 978-0-451-48010-1
Renowned feminists from the past and present were all babies once, Babbott-Klein suggests with this timely board book. On the right-hand pages, Walker presents collagelike, die-cut portraits of each individual (including Frida Kahlo, Billie Jean King, the Obamas, and Yoko Ono), and flaps lift to reveal them as babies. Babbott-Klein drives home the lightly tongue-in-cheek conceit with brief descriptions of each featured feminist. “Before she rose to the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was... a baby.” Adult Ginsburg appears in her trademark glasses and collar; baby Ginsburg is similarly clothed and clutching a gavel. While adult readers may be the most tickled by the concept, the predictable formula and interactive element provide a playful hook for future feminists. Ages up to 3. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/27/2018
Release date: 10/02/2018
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