Baby's Got the Blues

By Carol Diggory Shields

Illustrated by Lauren Tobia

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of an infant is really like? In this bluesy story, sometimes being a baby is enough to make you cry.

Oh, baby, wouldn’t it be grand to be a baby? No worries, no woes, the whole world doing everything for you. Like floating down easy street. But just wait one guitar-pickin’ minute. That’s a lie! Babies can’t talk, can’t walk, can’t even really chew. It’s enough to make the baby in this story blue, blue, blue. So get ready for a sad tale of soggy nappies, mushy meals and sleepin’ behind bars – which rather than making you cry, too, will more likely make you giggle! Groovily illustrated by Lauren Tobia, Carol Diggory Shields' ode to babyhood will have readers feeling anything but blue.

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 2+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406351545
  • Published: 06 Mar 2014
  • Price: £11.99
  • Size: 270 x 245 mm
  • Pages: 32

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Customer reviews


'With its swinging, catchy and chantable text and delicious scenes that capture small domestic details to perfection, (big sister and baby wearing matching bibs for instance,) this is likely to become a firm favourite wherever there is a bouncing babe. Lauren Tobia seems set to follow in Helen Oxenbury’s footsteps. In a word, gorgeous. ' Red Reading Hub

'Very realistically written in a poem that every parents will understand and one that your baby/toddler will love to hear recited over and over. A really fun interpretation of being a baby' Babybuzz

'could quickly become an all-ages anthem for anyone connected to a newborn' Publishers Weekly

'The story is written as a blues riff and could well be sung to a made up tune . . . the pictures are fun too, with lots of humour mixed up in the bright colours and detail' Books for Keeps

'A diverting attempt to imagine what it is to be a baby: it explains that it is hard to be a wordless infant who cannot get through to his parents about his wet nappy, raging hunger and inability to walk. Tobia manages to convey the baby's desperation in a few strokes of the pen, a down-turned mouth on a potato-shaped head, mournful eyebrows, a pair of grabby hands. And even if love is wheeled out not altogether convincingly as the cure for everything (not sure that it helps with nappy rash), the story earns its feelgood finale and will boost toddlers with tiresome baby siblings as it invites them to swank about their own superior skills.' Observer

'Diverting' Sunday Business Post (Dublin)

'Cute and comical . . . tongue in cheek and very entertaining ' Carousel

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