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Saturday Book Review: The Essential Breastfeeding Log; Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants; Baby Nose to Baby Toes

February 14th, 2009

Book review on the fly:

I’m thinking, I remember nursing. It’s been a few years, but not so long that it’s slipped from my memory entirely. When exactly would you have time to update your “Essential Breastfeeding Log” (Sarah Bowen Shea & Suzanne Schlosberg, Ballentine, $15, 217 pages)?

Then I remembered more details. They swam into view, from a murky fog left over from those early maternal days. I had to keep a notebook, post-partum (with feedings, diapers, doc appointments, PAIN KILLER LOG following both c-sections, etc.). This is a handy little book, ladies. Thank you.

I know that sounds like a backhanded compliment but it so is not.

And… Shea and Schlosberg are from my neck of the woods! Shea is a Portland, Ore. writer and Schlosberg lives in Bend, Oregon. Hiii! (That’s me waving from North Portland.) (Not North Bend. That’s a different place entirely.)

“Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants” is a sweet little board book written by J.D. Lester, with illustrations by Hiroe Nakata (Random House, $8, unpaged). Well, it’s better than being called a monkey’s uncle, I suppose.

Monkey, peacock, horsey and ladybug babies play and cavort with their mommies. Your littles will love it.

Vicky Ceelen’s photos in “Baby Nose to Baby Toes” (Random House, $7, unpaged) are just arresting. Vivid, good movement, and you’re right — the top of that baby’s head really does look like the top of the fuzzy duckling’s head! Cute. How can you go wrong with puppies and babies, you just cannot.

But these pictures are a step above your typical board book pics of beach pails and smiley babies. Nice work — I’d love to see more of her stuff. Wait, here it is now!

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  1. mia says

    I need osme books to read for Monkeyboy’s mystery reader day. 8 year old third grade. Help, Wackymommy!

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  2. WackyMommy says

    Try Patricia Polacco, Diary of a Wimpy Kid (so delightful), or poetry is always good — Jack Prelutsky or Shel Silverstein. You know I will always suggest Beverly Cleary. I love “Dear Mr. Henshaw.” Or Judy Blume — start with Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing. I like Faith Ringgold and Peter Sis.

    Frindle by Andrew Clement is supposed to be great — I haven’t read it yet. Wayside School stories (Louis Sachar) are crazy good. And there’s always Jon Scieszka…

    Have fun.

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  3. wacky cousin says

    Wc2.0 actually found the book that I used to log all of the nursing, painkillers, poops, infections, appointments, etc. from his birth, and has decorated every single page with swirls and dots and lines.
    I read him some of it, it’s mostly times, but with a tiny journal entry at the bottom. I told him about his first diaper rash! I got all weepy, but he just kept yelling, “No way! Not my bottom!”

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