Thursday, October 13, 2011

Children's Book Review: Who's My Cupcake by Elissa Haden Guest

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Board book: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon; Brdbk edition (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442420510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442420519
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 6.1 x 1 inches 
  • Buy now at Amazon for only $6.99.

Who's my pumpkin,
my pancake,
my red jellybean?

Who's my cinnamon spice,
my peaches and cream?
Sweet and tasty text from Elissa Guest affectionately describes a loved one using a variety of food-themed petnames. Classic illustrations from Marina Fedotova bring "dumpling," "pumpkin," and more to life in this adorable padded board book that ends with the assurance that the deliciously described honey, cookie, or sweetie pie is in fact the reader.
My Thoughts:

I received this book over the weekend, but have already read it over 20 times to my daughter.  At 14 months, she is into board books and helping Mommy turn the pages.  I have left the book on the end table and throughout the day she picks it up and brings it to me to read.  As she sits on my lap, we read the book and I point out and name each item that is beautifully illustrated in this board book.  Savannah then helps by turning the page and waiting for me to continue reading.  As an added bonus, I give her a kiss on the head after each page turn, and then we finish with a big hug and kiss at the end of the book.  I can tell Savannah likes this book, as she has over a dozen books on the table, but continues to grab this book and when we read it, she points to different illustrations waiting for me to tell her what it is.  Other books we read together don't intrigue here like this book does.  I can't wait to continue to read this book to her and her little sister on the way.  This is the perfect board book for little girls, and a great way for moms and dads to let their little ones know how much they mean to them, through cute and whimsy nicknames.  We call Savannah our little peach, as we named her for Savannah, GA, so it is only fitting that this book references a peach. It is like the book was written for Savannah.  Because this book is so small and quick to read, it would be a great book to add to the diaper bag and pull out when you need to entertain your little one on the go.

About the Author and Illustrator:

Elissa Haden Guest is the author of the award-winning Iris and Walter series. In addition, she has written several Young Adult novels and television screenplays. Elissa lives with her family in San Francisco, CA. Click here to visit Elissa's website to learn more about her and the books she has written.

Marina Fedotova was born in Moscow City, Russia, where she is still living and working today as a professional illustrator. She describes her art as “full of kindness and witty humor.” Marina, who was classically trained as a watercolorist, loves adding minute details such as the knit on a woolen scarf or a fluttering butterfly overhead. She is inspired by the puppeteers who make their own dolls and perform locally to her. She, like them, loves to bring her creations to life. 

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book in order to write up an honest review.  The views are mine and mine alone.

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