Everything You

illus. by Jay Fleck. 32p. Farrar. Dec. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780374301415.
Toddler-PreS—A gentle and simple look at animal families awaiting a new arrival, Everything You celebrates the joyful emotions a family experiences upon the addition of a new baby. The rhyming text begins with two alligators and a very large egg, accompanied by the text, "We wait and we wait,/we watch all day through,/and our dreams while we wait/are of everything you." Each spread then features a different animal family with two poetic sentences. This pattern repeats throughout until the last page turn, when the original alligator family reappears, this time with a baby alligator peeking out of a cracked open eggshell. "You're every wish answered,/our hearts, how they grew…/every day countless,/everything you." The graphic-style illustrations are cloyingly sweet and endearing, suitably matching the text, and the color tones are mellow and soft.
VERDICT A sweet addition to general picture book collections and those early childhood collections looking to expand offerings in the "new baby" genre.

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