Up, Up, Up, Down!

Putnam. Jul. 2021. 26p. Board $7.99. ISBN 9780593324943.
Baby-Toddler–Here’s the ICYMI moment, to spotlight a book in a new format that makes too much sense to ignore. This recent picture book gets a makeover as a sturdy board book. Why does it matter? The vocabulary is ideal for toddlers: “Up, up, up! Down!” perfectly captions scenes of a small brown baby wishing to be lifted by the father, but who sees something on the floor and must investigate immediately. The opposites continue: “No, no no . . . yes!” to food on the high chair, and nothing has changed but the baby’s choice. This book may have been born as a picture book, but its true self suits the sturdier format perfectly.
VERDICT For all collections serving the impetuous, contradictory, joyful, exploratory board book crowd.

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