Without words, but with exclamation points and question marks used to comic effect, author-illustrator Mark Teague’s giggle of a picture book tells the story of spoiled baby robin who wants Mom’s room service to continue, refusing to leave the nest and fly, despite her increasingly impatient prods. The squawking baby pictures all manner of alternative ways it might get around: hot air balloon, airplane, skis, a Superman costume, a bicycle, pogo stick, and more. The chubby baby—almost spherical— gives in only when frustrated Mom points out that certain other creatures tend to take a not-so-benign interest in earthbound birdies. The rich, acrylic illustrations are both painterly and rib-tickling; mom and baby bird’s expressions are a hoot. Teague’s whimsical children’s books include Felipe and Claudette, Jack and the Beanstalk and the French Fries, etc. He is also the illustrator of the Jane Yolen series, How Do Dinosaurs….?
Lynne Heffley ©2019 Parents’ Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.