cover image Me Baby!

Me Baby!

Riki Levinson. Dutton Books, $13.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-525-44693-4

In this rather bland new-baby story, a quartet of aunts and uncles arrives for a visit and a viewing. Toddler Danny gets a pat on the head and a tickle or two, but this is not the kind of attention he wants. Standing with his hands over his head, proclaiming ``Me baby ,'' the boy clearly wants his share of attention. But the adults are too busy preparing food and cooing at his tiny sibling to notice. The child must throw himself face-down on the floor and screech ``MEEEEEEEEE!'' before his father finally swoops him up. Then Danny gets what he wants--and needs: a cuddle and a chance to hold his new sister. Although Hafner's (the M & M series; The Missing Tooth ) cozy watercolors contain plenty of kid-pleasing details (toys scattered on the floor, the comings and goings of the family pets), they don't entirely rescue Levinson's ( I Go with My Family to Grandma's ) run-of-the-mill text. Ages 2-6. (May)