Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Review - Brown Baby Lullaby

Brown Baby Lullaby
by Tameka Fryer Brown
illustrated by AG Ford
Date: 2020
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

From sunset to bedtime, two brown-skinned parents lovingly care for their beautiful brown baby: first, they play outside, then it is time for dinner and a bath, and finally a warm snuggle before bed.

With Spanish words sprinkled throughout and featuring warm art by New York Times-bestselling and NAACP-Award-winning illustrator AG Ford, Brown Baby Lullaby is the perfect new baby or baby shower gift.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This "lullaby" seems to be more aimed at the parents than the baby. The synopsis suggests that it would make a good baby shower gift, and I think that's probably the case. It reads a bit like a book for first-time parents, letting them know what they can expect (like the kid throwing food everywhere; hey, they're just "learning"!).

The pictures are kind of cute and show a loving little family. The inclusion of some Spanish words is nice, but I think it unfortunately further limits the audience for the book. The number of parents this would be appropriate for is a minority. Still, if you fall into that minority, it's a nice little book.

While this personally wasn't for me, I can see it having appeal for the right demographic.

Premise: 2/5
Meter: 3/5
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 2/5

Overall: 2.57 out of 5

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