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Oh, Oh, Baby Boy! follows a newborn baby as he grows up, laughs, plays, causes mischief, and makes friends. His father's involvement is woven throughout the story, and depicted in nontraditional ways. The baby's father cuddles, bathes, and cooks with his son, and re-enters the story when the baby boy eventually becomes a father himself, bringing the journey full circle.
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PreS–Stunningly illustrated with tempera paint on brown paper bags, this book celebrates the bond between father and son. The spare text is accompanied by stylized pictures, with the characters outlined in broad black brushstrokes and the baby sprinkled with stars. The newborn is held in his father's arms, then watched carefully as he grows up to be a man who eventually experiences fatherhood himself. Set against richly colored backgrounds with spots of brown paper showing through, the illustrations are large and joyous, conveying the love and happiness between father and son, and the multicultural world in which they live. One scene shows a new baby coming into the world between his mother's legs and into his dad's welcoming hands. Emotionally and artistically satisfying, this is a beautifully conceived and executed book.–Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.Review:
"Oakland author-illustrator Janine Macbeth celebrates boyhood and fatherhood in this remarkable picture book...It puts a spotlight on a kind of dad rarely seen in picture books, portraying a joyous mixed-race family thriving in a happily multiracial world."(San Francisco Chronicle)
"In short, this book is phenomenal. It is because it does such an awesome job of exemplifying the connection that a father and son share... Each page is richly illustrated with paint that draws even the toughest heart in with its enchanting depictions." (Mosaic Magazine)
"Debut author-illustrator Janine Macbeth's stunningly beautiful OH, OH, BABY BOY celebrates being a dad, being a boy, and the evolution of family life, where dads are now more involved than ever in the care, feeding, and cuddling of their little ones...The text is simple enough to be a bedtime read for a 2-year-old, but would also make a great gift for Father's Day or for a new father or a stay-at-home dad." (Common Sense Media)
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Book Description Blood Orange Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0985351403 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0560062