After meeting a bevy of baby animals— including a clever monkey, a sleepy leopard, and a dusty lion cub—the baby in this story discovers the most precious creature of all . . . itself, of course! With an exuberant rhyming text by bestselling author Mem Fox and adorable cut-paper illustrations by Caldecott Honor recipient Steve Jenkins, this book is an irresistible celebration of the joyful connection between parent and child.
Mem Fox is the author of many acclaimed books, including the bestselling Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Where Is the Green Sheep?, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia. Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated several award-winning children’s books, including the 2003 Caldecott Honor recipient What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? He lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Like her Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Fox's newest has all the marks of a lap-sit classic. In mellifluous motherese, the narrator poses a series of playful questions to a baby: Are you a monkey with clever toes?/ Perhaps you're a porcupine, twitching its nose. After 11 more such guesses (featuring such animal faves as the gecko, the hippo and the warthog), the narrator finally gets it right: Wait, let me guessAre you my treasure? The answer is... Yes! While Fox is cooing as only she can, Jenkins (What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?) works his usual magic with cut paper. In many of his large-scale closeupsthe images spill across and off the spreadshis subjects' big, expressive eyes seem locked in a gaze with the reader. Ingeniously stylized shapes (like the coils of gray paper that form an elephant's trunk) combine with sumptuous detailing that brings alive the parade of scales, fur and feathers. Ages 35. (May) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.