Baby Happy, Baby Sad (Leslie Patricelli)


Hello, everybody! Today’s book is Baby Happy, Baby Sad by Leslie Patricelli, a simple yet fun board book that explores the two titular emotions.

With adorable and sometimes quite funny illustrations, the reader is shown a baby’s happiness and sadness through clear and relatable situations, and using only the text “Baby happy” and “Baby sad.” For instance, baby is happy with their ice cream cone.. but sad when it falls and goes SPLAT! Baby is sad when daddy puts them to bed at night, but happy when he returns after sleepytime!

This is the perfect book for introducing these emotions to baby bookworms. Simple concepts are easy for little readers to recognize: a baby falling down, a mommy’s loving hug. The art is bright and colorful, yet wisely minimal to make each emotion and situation distinct. And there’s even a bit of sly humor, such as a page that shows a joyful baby snuggling a clearly UNhappy kitty. The length is just perfect, and JJ really enjoyed this one. A fantastic addition to any little one’s board book collection, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

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