- Picture books
New York ; Los Angeles :
Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group
- First edition
- Physical Description
- 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 cm
- Main Author
*Starred Review* In a board book kitted out with big, bright, very simple images (plus large foil mirrors inside both front and rear covers), Willems clues in newborns—and perhaps their inexperienced parents—about what they can expect to see, do, and meet in their near futures. Highlights range from "sleeping and waking, eating and burping, pooping and more pooping" to music, cats, stories, and warm embraces. And though there will also ("Sorry") be ice cream disasters, along with some sadness and hurt, unexpected events, and human error, "we are happy to provide you love. At no extra cost." Furthermore, that offer extends to children who "toddle or big-kid or teenage or grow-up." The repeated observation that all of this is coming "while we read this book together" runs as a sonorous refrain throughout, adding extra measures of intimacy to an affirmation of parental love that comes across as sincere without crossing over into the goopy sentimentality that afflicts so much of the "I love you more than anything" genre. Along with being a shoe-in for inclusion in every maternity ward's gift bag, this loving heads-up will continue to resonate with all offspring as they go on to toddle, big-kid, and beyond. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Willems is a reliable best-seller, and love letters from parents to children are always in demand. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Willems (the Elephant and Piggie series) rolls out the red carpet for a new baby, writing in a voice that's part preflight safety demonstration ("There will be turbulence"), part waiter's spiel ("Of our current offerings, I can personally recommend your being right here with me"), and part customer service hotline ("Someone is standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week"). Iconographic, high-contrast drawings, rendered in the style of road signage, should hold the attention of very young eyes (as will embedded Mylar mirrors), even if the actual content eludes them. The real audience is new parents, who will revel in having their devotion mirrored back to them and chuckle at the many knowing jokes ("If you have any further questions/ Do not hesitate to call or flail about or scream like a banshee"). And they'll be grateful that Willems offers a modicum of hope regarding the world that the newborn will inherit: "We are happy to report there are people working day and night on making this a better place to be." Up to age 2. Agent: Marcia Wernick, Wernick & Pratt. (May) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
Baby-Toddlers—A humorous, loving take on the excitement and nervousness, tenderness and heartache, and worry and fear of new parenthood. Bold graphics in vivid colors are interspersed with equally bold text in various font sizes. The front and back covers feature large mirrors to include youngsters in the story, making each reading unique to the two people sharing it. Most pages end with the refrain, "while we read this book together" to reinforce the idea of sharing stories and laptime together. Each page starts with a statement, such as, "THANK YOU FOR JOINING US/your arrival has been anxiously awaited." Upcoming highlights focus on music, cats, and stories. The graphic drawings are designed to look like universal signs, and while they will certainly engage young readers, they are also designed to make the presumably older book sharer chuckle. Willems perfectly captures the essence of parenthood: "We will strive to make your stay as comfortable as possible. However…there will be TURBULENCE. There will be UNEXPECTED EVENTS. There will be HUMAN ERROR. Fortunately, we are happy to provide you LOVE. At no extra cost." VERDICT A fun addition to parenting collections and to possibly circulate next to Knuffle Bunny, Pigeon, and Elephant and Piggie.—Lisa Kropp, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.
Parents welcome a new baby, promising music, stories, cats, bagels, best friends, and unconditional love.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Presents a humorous introductory guide to the world for new babies, from cats and friendship to injustice and family.Review by Publisher Summary 3
The beloved author/illustrator's introductory, one-of-a-kind guide for infants and new parents alike employs bold, eye-catching graphics and clever text to convey its heartwarming and fun-filled message.Review by Publisher Summary 4
Mo Willems' introductory guide for new arrivals welcomes readers to the world using bold, eye-catching graphics and clever text that is perfect for reading aloud. With a fun and heartwarming message, Welcome playfully interacts with the reader with its meta-humor, while addressing such topics such as injustice, cats, friendship, and family. This one-of-a-kind guide to the world is a must-have for infants and new parents alike.