Baby Band, book review

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Title: Baby Band
by: Diane Jackson Hill
illustrated by: Giuseppe Poli
Publisher: New Frontier

On a normal day, a baby creates mayhem in an apartment block.

I can’t help but see the resemblance of today’s society in Baby Band by author, Diane Jackson Hill—people living in close proximity to each other, yet not knowing each other. Until the loud crying baby comes along! The baby’s mother tries everything to stop the baby from crying, to no avail. The baby cries and cries until one day – CLANG! – he crashes a pot and lid together. The baby laughs. He does it again. And again. And again. The clang causes a domino effect of other noises from the people in every apartment on level 8.

Each of the pages in the story cleverly adds a new sound, repeating and building up –

CLANG AHHH
CLANG AHHH SQEAK, SQUAWK
CLANG AHHH SQEAK, SQUAWK STOMP
CLANG AHHH SQEAK, SQUAWK STOMP CHA-CHA-CHA
CLANG AHHH SQEAK, SQUAWK STOMP CHA-CHA-CHA DOO WAH
CLANG AHHH SQEAK, SQUAWK STOMP CHA-CHA-CHA DOO WAH
CLANG AHHH SQEAK, SQUAWK STOMP CHA-CHA-CHA DOO WAH WHOMP

The residents spill onto the rooftop of the apartment building and hoot and hustle … except for the baby, who is finally fast asleep.

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Baby Band is a fun book. I love the way the pace speeds up as you read, building up and up and up until … nothing (when the baby is asleep). This silence makes a very loud statement in such a noisy book.

Illustrator, Giuseppe Poli, has gifted colourful illustrations to the text that add another layer to the story. Right there, on the faces of the characters, you can see the emotions being felt at each stage. Giuseppe’s illustrations also breathe life from the very beginning, with the calmness before the baby is born, to the loudness of the baby band. I love the hilarious final page. It makes me smile every time I think of it!

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Baby Band is a wonderful book. It’s perfect for chorus reading with children, and by adding instruments and actions, this story will be loved by all.

Purchase a copy: https://www.newfrontier.com.au/books/baby-band

Title: Baby Band
by: Diane Jackson Hill
illustrated by: Giuseppe Poli
Publisher: New Frontier 
ISBN: 9781925059779
Category: children
Pages: 32

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)
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