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Posted on: July 3, 2010

The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade

Reviewed by Irene Roth

 By Deborah Diesen
Illustrated by Tracy Dockray
Published by Tricycle Press, 2010
           This Picture Book is just off the press. It is a
           wonderful book about a bunch of bad tempered little
           babies who will do anything to get people’s attention,
           including taking to the streets in protest!
           The babies in the story are protesting. They feel that
           they have been hard done by and they have had it. No
           more mashed peas. No more bibs. No more riding in
           strollers. No more hair washing. No more frilly clothes.
           They are making their demands loud and clear and
           they are not taking no for an answer.
           The story is illustrated with enchanting splendor and
           incredible humour. The facial expressions on the baby’s
           faces are just wonderful as well. The author illustrates
           the themes of her story through the faces of the babies.
           What a unique idea!
           My niece just loved the story and the pictures. She
           wanted me to read it over and over to her. She was
           wishing that she had a book like this when she was
           growing up so that she too can assert her needs and
           wants to her mom and dad. 
           So, why don’t you pick up a copy and read it to your
           children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews?  You
           will be really glad that you did.


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