cover image Busy Babies

Busy Babies

Amy Schwartz. Beach Lane, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4814-4510-8

Babies and their guardians appear in eventful scenes illustrated in gouache and pen and ink, with detailed patterns and splashy colors. Schwartz depicts single or multiple scenarios per page. A child in a highchair is seen “eating peas”; another baby is supine on a pink blanket, “rattling keys”; and a third is “clapping chubby hands.” A baby sits in a shopping cart chock full of groceries “at the store,” a child in a green hoodie appears with an elderly guardian “at the seashore,” and another child makes a funny face. Several dominate their own spreads, including a busy toddler “opening kitchen cabinets” and another exploring the sculptures on display in a gallery (“going places”). Schwartz delicately captures the wonder of new experience in her spry, friendly artwork. Ages 4–8. [em](May) [/em]