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Mama Baby

Chris Raschka, Chris Raschka (Illustrator)


List Price: 14.99*
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From Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka comes a sweet, simple picture book dialogue between a mother and baby, for the youngest of children.

Mama and Baby clap and play hide-and-seek and pat-a-cake. Mama and Baby . . . Mama? Where did Mama go? In a series of spreads, simple, bold illustrations show a mother on one side and a baby on the other, interacting in universally familiar ways — until Mama dips out briefly, then returns to her crying child to offer comfort again. With his usual flair, the redoubtable Chris Raschka offers a reassuring moment that will resonate with mamas and babies everywhere.

Praise For Mama Baby

Raschka (The Magic Flute) captures the intimacy between mother and infant with animated watercolors that celebrate imitative play...Deceptively simple, this small-scale study highlights the way that this kind of universal play builds trust and warmth between the generations.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

In this artfully composed picture book, Raschka gets to the emotional core of the relationship between a young child and a trusted adult...This everyday drama should resonate with the intended audience, who will likely find comfort in watching the events from the distance a book offers. Both characters satisfyingly acknowledge their audience in the end, where Baby—now reunited on the same page as Mama—waves safely from her arms. Be prepared for pleas of “Again, again!”
—The Horn Book (starred review)

Simple clothing, the empty white background, and uncluttered pages give the book a universal quality, making it appealing to the youngest readers.

A mother and child interact in familiar ways in Raschka’s latest, which uses unique formatting to stand out from the crowd.
—Kirkus Reviews

Candlewick, 9780763690601, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 17, 2020

About the Author

Chris Raschka is an author and illustrator of many books for children. He is the illustrator of The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster and the author-illustrator of A Ball for Daisy, both Caldecott Medal winners. He also illustrated four poetry collections by Paul B. Janeczko and is the author-illustrator of The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra. Chris Raschka lives in New York City.