Mommies and Their Babies

Mommies and Their Babies

By Guido Van Genechten

Clavis Publishing, Board Books, 9781605371092, 20pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2012

Animal mothers and babies--rendered in black, white, and chalky grays--are placed against b&w backgrounds, creating an eye-catching high-contrast effect. Straightforward, lower-case phrases introduce each animal pair: "the penguin mommy with her baby chick... the sheep mommy with her baby lamb." Dutch illustrator Van Genechten incorporates textural details--the elephants' skin looks rough and crinkly, turtle shells have a loose checkerboard pattern--creating a design that is sophisticated but fun.

About the Author
One of the most popular children's book artists in his native Belgium, Guido van Genechten is the award-winning illustrator of a number of books for young readers, including Potty Time, Flop-ear, and Too Loud! Mr. van Genechten lives in Belgium.