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Everybody Was a Baby Once by Allan Ahlberg and Illustrated by Bruce Ingman

Published by Candlewick Press

Pages: 64

Ages: 2 and up

Publishers Summary: They’re back! The inspired creators of THE RUNAWAY DINNER and THE PENCIL serve up a shouting, screaming, smiling, whistling, playing, chasing, rhyming romp. Nineteen impishly illustrated poems present a unique cast of babies and witches, sausages and robbers, and a few favorite nursery-rhyme characters sure to entice everybody who ever was a baby.
The irresistible duo of Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman return with an original collection of wry and playful poems for young readers.

Littlebug Squeaks: “Babies, babies, babies! There are babies all over this book! I love babies! Inside, there are also ‘phants (=elephants)! I love ‘phants too! Oh, and doggies, snowmen and the monsters my big brother really really liked. This is a fun book, but I don’t usually like to read all of it at once. I like all the stories, but sometimes I like to listen to one or two or five and then come back for more later. That’s neat too, because then my mom has to read even more to me by the end of the day, which is always the best!”
“Also, here’s the Turkeybird trying to explain some of the poems to me…”

Mom’s Two Cents: “From elephants to sausages, find a poem to tickle your funny bone and help little ones see poetry in a whole new light.

“When we initially received Everybody Was a Baby Once I was intrigued, but honestly not in love. This has zero to do with the collection and everything to do with me as a reader. I’m just not a fan of poetry. What can I say? I think there was a time in my life when I could appreciate it more, look more deeply into the meaning, but now my time is limited. I should also add that I’ve long had difficulty rhyming and this also adds to my frustration with poetry. That all being said I still appreciate the importance of bringing poetry into a child’s life and absolutely want to do that for my children.

“So, how did I grow to love Everybody Was a Baby Once? It was Littlebug. She has brought this book to me over and over and over again, loving each and every reading. We don’t always read all the way through, often it’s just two or three of her absolute favorites at a time, but that changes with the day. As we’ve read and I’ve seen her light up at the babies or the elephants on the page I too have enjoyed the quite hilarious ways both Ahlberg & Ingman bring poetry to life. When most poetry can be confounding a best, it’s wonderful to stumble upon a gem that not only small kiddos can enjoy, but that may also ignite a love in early readers just beginning to appreciate this craft.

“Through Bruce Ingman’s unique illustrations and Allan Ahlberg’s talent with words each poem becomes a story that will have the littlest of kiddos laughing and the older ones thinking. Everybody Was a Baby Once is perfect for even the reluctant poetry reader, especially parents who find it difficult to share with their children normally. Our home has now embraced this collection and Littlebug is rarely seen without it. Perfect for the home or even the classroom, take a different look at the world of poetry and enjoy it!”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 2 to 10. A unique and quite funny set of poems that children will love at all ages.

Take a look at this very funny video version of one of the poems from the book, The Sausage Whistler:

Find Everybody Was a Baby Once by Allan Ahlberg at the following spots:
Amazon
Powell’s Books
Indiebound
Barnes & Noble
Goodreads

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9 Responses to Book Review: Everybody Was a Baby Once by Allan Ahlberg

  1. Katie says:

    I’m typically not a huge poetry fan either, but there are certain books (Seeing the Blue Between, Bronx Masquerade) that just really do it for me. I would love to find a copy of this for myself and see what Littlebug is so excited about πŸ™‚

  2. How cool. This sounds great and the cover makes me smile.

  3. Gina says:

    Oh this looks adorable…and oh so true. I can certainly ssee why Littlebug was up in arms about it…. ^_^ So nice of Turkeybird to lend a hand in explaining it as well… Wonderful share Danielle…..happy reading!

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  5. Raquel says:

    Reading poetry is so different from reading prose. So I can definitely understand why some gravitate to one over the other. I’m so glad that your daughter likes the book and likes to read it a poem at a time. Great pictures of your kids with the book too!

    Oh and that video! I didn’t even know it existed. Thank you! You are a regular online sleuth. πŸ™‚

    • I completely agree and I’m glad both are available. Now that I’m older and can appreciate either in the right setting it’s nice to be able to have those options.

      And thank you! The kiddos both love this book so much, we had a lot of fun with the pictures. πŸ™‚ (Your welcome for the video! It’s hilarious I think.)

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