Candlewick Press (MA), Board Books, 9780763643584, 16pp.
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
LeUyen Pham’s adorable, vibrant illustrations bring Mary Brigid Barrett’s singsong text to life in a board book for the very young.
If you can pat a cake, why not a peach or a cold and bumpy pickle? How about a fuzzy caterpillar crawling on your knee? A well-known rhyme expands into a tactile exploration of a toddler’s world.
LeUyen Pham is the author-illustrator of "Big Sister, Little Sister" and has illustrated many other books for children, including the "New York Times" bestseller "Grace for President" by Kelly DiPucchio. With Candlewick Press, she illustrated "God's Dream" by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams and "Aunt Mary's Rose" by Douglas Wood. She lives in San Francisco.
Barrett’s verse scans with a pleasingly jaunty rhythm. Pham’s stylized cartoons are done in a muted color palette; eye-catching patterns on the clothing and in the backgrounds infuse the scenes with a lively energy. The last two double-page spreads skillfully bring the energy down as a pair of brown-skinned siblings pat Mommy, Dad and each other before patting a pillow and teddy at bedtime. ... [Y]oungsters will recognize the exuberance represented here as their own.