If I were to make a checklist of what I look for in a board book, I think that Busy, Busy! would hit them all.
The story is lively, upbeat, reassuring with an unforced rhyming scheme that would be pleasant to read aloud multiple times. There are things to talk about, like why pigs take mud baths.The illustrations are bright, cheerful, cute and kid friendly. There are small details to discover, like a spider in her web.
With a title that is easy to remember and fun for a toddler to say, the physical book itself feels sturdy, with rounded corners on the right side. All of the pages are smooth and glossy, as is the cover, and the book is constructed in a way that it will easily lay flat when open to any page.
Overall, this is a happy book with adorable animals and a message at the end that Mom might be busy, but she always has time to cuddle with her child.
5/5 stars, highly recommended and giftable, this could easily be a favorite for read-aloud and for toddlers to enjoy on their own. A perfect choice for the board book set!
Busy, Busy! by Eileen Spinelli, Elina Ellis illustr. | WorthyKids/Ideals, April 5, 2016 | board book, 20pgs
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