Fun With Faces
By Mallory Loehr, Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
Random House Children’s Books, $7.99, 10 pages, 5 stars
One of the most fascinating things to watch is two babies interacting one-on-one. They study each other, sometimes with serious faces, sometimes while laughing and giggling. It is so fun to see their eyes light up as they discover something new about another human being. Tiny fingers reach out to touch another baby’s hands and face. In her adorable book Baby Faces, author Mallory Loehr gives youngsters an interactive story featuring rhyming text and the smiling faces of five unique babies. Each page has a pull tab that causes something to happen to each face. Move a tab and see a baby’s eyes wink and blink. A little girl sticks out her cute pink tongue. Another girl’s hair blows to and fro in the wind. A pull of the tab makes a boy’s mouth open to bite and chew. Finally, one sniffling boy can be made to sneeze. Don’t be surprised if tiny readers will find themselves mimicking the movements found in the story. Vanessa Brantley Newton’s illustrations will delight infants and beginning readers. Little ones will return over and over to this soon-to-be favorite pick.
Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin