Cave Dada

Chronicle. Mar. 2020. 40p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781452179940.
PreS-Gr 1–Using “cave speak,” Reese revisits the familiar tale of a baby who requires a particular item before going to sleep. Cave child Baba refuses a rattle(snake) and a fur blanket—anything but a big book at bedtime. After offering a variety of stone tablets, Dada gets gently frustrated, even accidentally inventing fire. A woolly mammoth assists in bringing the requested tome and, of course, the baby is asleep upon its arrival. Reese’s (Oothar the Blue) double-page spreads, created in Photoshop along with colored pencil and gouache, pair with speech bubbles containing phrases like “Now Dada real cry.”
VERDICT This simple yarn will amuse, and gives ample opportunity for conversation between reader and listener.

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