Don't Wake the Baby!: An Interactive Book with Sounds

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9780763608910: Don't Wake the Baby!: An Interactive Book with Sounds

Home alone taking care of a sleeping baby, Dad tries so hard to be quiet that he becomes even noisier than usual, in a story complemented by interactive pull tabs and a sound chip.

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A delightfully noisy, battery-driven tab book, Don't Wake the Baby might do just that. Mom goes out for the evening and leaves Dad with the sleeping baby. Dad thinks he'd better just check on the sleeper--but then he trips and falls down the stairs. (Pulling a tab both makes him fall and generates a clatter and a groan.) In case all the ruckus woke baby up, Dad sneaks back upstairs, and stands on the cat's tail... you get the picture. Several loud disasters later (some more realistic-sounding than others), the baby is still asleep. But so is Dad, and Mom comes home to find that the baby has been woken up by his snoring! Kids will giggle at all the funny noises and pull-tab fun with full-page, cartoonish illustrations. The battery is replaceable, but realistically the cardboard pull-tabs are not going to last forever. Still, we don't feel we need to whisper when we say this would be a fun and worthy gift for families with young children. (Ages 4 and older) --Richard Farr

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 1-Before leaving the house, Mom instructs Dad not to wake Baby. From then on, he is a walking calamity, either tripping down the stairs, stepping on the cat's tail, or bumping into the cuckoo clock. After each incident, he checks on his charge who, fortunately, continues to sleep peacefully. In the end, succumbing to the quiet in Baby's room, Dad falls asleep. When his wife returns, she finds his snoring has awakened the infant. Readers can produce pop-up surprises and hear the sound effects caused by Dad's bumbling mistakes by pulling a tab (though the snoring is activated by simply opening to the last page). The sound reproduction is remarkably clear and true to life. To accommodate the electronics, the book is a good inch thick, bulky yet sturdy. Aside from the allure of the noises, however, it lacks dimension. The one-joke repetition of the father's ineptitude is annoying-liberated fathers may unite against the book, while children may wonder why this family doesn't own a baby monitor. The cartoon illustrations are created with a solid line and a judicious use of cross-hatching. Their design is clean and open. However, the portrayal of Dad with his elongated face, big ears, and wire-rimmed glasses supports his role as a concerned simpleton. Fortunately for all concerned, the repercussion of his final faux pas is a laughing, rather than a crying, baby.
Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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