Did you know that it’s Baby Safety Month? And Whoa, Baby, Whoa!, about a baby who gets into all sorts of mischief is the perfect book for children to teach them of the importance of being careful around babies. The book is a delightful and humorous one, giving a good reminder of why it’s so important to keep your eyes on babies at all times.
Have you had the pleasure to watch a baby grow from crawling to toddler? If so, you remember how quickly they can get into trouble. Whoa, Baby, Whoa! depicts a super speeding crawling 1-2 year old who wants to get into everything his legs will allow him. In the book, the curious unnamed baby is bi-racial – his mother is African-American, and his father is white – but that tidbit is never mentioned throughout the story. The author treats this fact as normal, not unusual, focusing instead on the antics of the baby – something any parent, black or white can relate to.
Whoa, Baby, Whoa! features the little baby getting into all kinds of things he shouldn’t; from mom’s makeup top of the bookshelf – that is until mom or dad, or another family member catches up with him in time to keep him out of harm’s way. Baby, however, still manages to get into the newspaper and rip it to bits, grab grandpa’s glasses off his nose, and get mashed potatoes all over his face while eating in his high chair at the dinner table.
The author’s ability to portray a typical day in the life of a baby – whose family just happens to be mixed-race, is both humorous and heartwarming, and sure to give both children and adults a giggle. It’s a great book for those seeking a tale about life with baby, but also a great book to read to a young child to prepare him for a new sibling that’s on the way.
Illustrator Eleanor Taylor provides wonderful details in depicting of the mischievous baby, with pictures that show the baby sitting in a high chair with one shoe on and one shoe off, adding to the heart and humor of the story.
Whoa, Baby, Whoa! was is a joyful read for any parent or person who has babysat an energetic baby and great for teaching young siblings the importance of keeping baby out of trouble.
Whoa, Baby, Whoa!
Author: Grace Nichols Illustrator: Eleanor Taylor