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What shall we do with the boo-hoo baby?
Cowell, Cressida.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
A dog, a cat, a duck, and a cow try to think of things to do to soothe a crying baby.
Reading Level:
BR Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.2 1 Quiz: 21616 Guided reading level: F.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Author Notes

Cressida Cowell was born on April 15, 1966 in London. She went to Oxford where she studied English, and at St Martin's and Brighton University where she learned illustration. Cressida also won the Nestle Children's book award. She is known for writing the Hiccup series of books. Some of her titles include: How to Train Your Dragon, How to Be a Pirate and How to Speak Dragonese. Her title How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2013. In 2014, she made the list again with her title - How to Train Your Dragon: How to Betray a Dragon's Hero.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. The baby is crying and the animals don't know what to do. The dog says, "Feed him!" so the cow, duck, cat, and dog bring all sorts of inappropriate foodstuffs and comfort Baby with "Moo," "Quack," "Meow," and "Bow-wow." When the baby boo-hoo-hoos again, the cat suggests a bath. When that works only briefly, the animals try playtime. When that doesn't work, they put him to bed. By then the animals are tuckered out, and the baby smiles while they nap. Godon creates her characters with simple outlines, button eyes, and friendly expressions, and the baby cries in classic, round-mouthed fashion, two teeth showing. Pale yellow and blue backgrounds make for a daylight look indoors, and the simple repetition of animal sounds and baby boo-hoos will have story-hour audiences responding in kind. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

Publisher's Weekly Review

Duck, Cow, Cat and Dog may seem unlikely caregivers for a hysterical infant, but they have some reasonable ideas of how to mollify himÄand they'll likely have readers hooting and howling all along the way. "Feed him," says the dog, after a ducky toy doesn't work, and they offer the baby everything from bananas to cat chow, accompanied by a chipper refrain of moos, quacks, meows and bow-wows. But despite these and several other earnest attempts, nothing seems to halt the stream of tears from the round-headed, single-tufted tyke. Belgian artist Godon's pastels heighten the comedy by giving the howling baby one entire side of each full-bleed spread, while the well-meaning quartet huddles on the other. Finally, Duck strikes pay dirt by putting Boo-Hoo Baby down for a nap, where he stays just long enough for the animals to collapse from exhaustion (in the last spread, they slumber as the wide-eyed infant peers through the bars of the crib). Cowell (Don't Do That, Kitty Kilroy!) and Godon (the Nelly and Caesar board books) strip the familiar genre to its bare bones, and it feels almost new again. Cowell's sense of economy and pacing move the story along at a fast clip, while Godon calls attention to the situation's vaudevillian qualities by framing the spreads on the same plane, as if they were scenes from a stage. Ages 2-6. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-The Boo-hoo Baby will not stop crying in spite of the efforts of a cow, cat, dog, and duck. Each animal tries a new trick to placate baby but only duck succeeds. Cowell's text is simple, to the point, and, best of all, full of repetition and animal sounds that delight toddlers. Godon's uncomplicated illustrations of the sobbing child and bewildered animals are a perfect match. Destined to be a staple in preschool programs, this title is a joy to read aloud and the large, uncluttered pictures work equally well for a large group as for one-on-one sharing.-Ann Cook, formerly at Winter Park Public Library, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.