cover image Sam’s First Word

Sam’s First Word

Bea Birdsong, illus. by Holly Hatam. Little, Brown, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-316-45244-1

With rhythmic prose and textural digital illustrations sure to draw giggles, Birdsong and Hatam follow “newish baby” Sam, whose first word is not receiving the attention she wants. Mama, Papa, Nana, and neighbor Mr. Theotopolous are intent on getting Sam to make their respective names her first word, going to extreme measures to ensure their success. (Mr. Theotopolous recites a poem—“His poem had forty-four words. Twenty-two of them were Mister. The other twenty-two were Theotopolous.”) But Sam has a more pressing issue at hand—or rather, in diaper. Casual, oft-comedic phrasing emphasizes the childlike perspective as pale-skinned protagonist Sam navigates her way among the “big people.” With vivid, large print accentuating Sam’s new word, this picture book is sure to please any child who enjoys scatological humor. Ages 4–8. [em](Feb.) [/em]