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Laugh-Out-Loud Baby
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Laugh-Out-Loud Baby
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From Caldecott Medalist Stephen Gammell and beloved writer Tony Johnston, this joyous picture book with audio celebrates the sound of a baby's laughter.

The family gathers round to hear the sweet sound of the new baby's sweet laugh! But just because everyone has gathered doesn't mean the baby's ready. When the moment finally comes, the sound makes everyone else laugh too--aunts, uncles, cousins, and even great-grandma. It seems no one can resist the sound of baby's laugh. And who would want to?

With simple, endearing text, audio, and Stephen Gammell's unmistakable art, this tribute to the joy a young child's laughter will quickly become a family favorite.

From Caldecott Medalist Stephen Gammell and beloved writer Tony Johnston, this joyous picture book with audio celebrates the sound of a baby's laughter.

The family gathers round to hear the sweet sound of the new baby's sweet laugh! But just because everyone has gathered doesn't mean the baby's ready. When the moment finally comes, the sound makes everyone else laugh too--aunts, uncles, cousins, and even great-grandma. It seems no one can resist the sound of baby's laugh. And who would want to?

With simple, endearing text, audio, and Stephen Gammell's unmistakable art, this tribute to the joy a young child's laughter will quickly become a family favorite.

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  • ATOS:
    2.5
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    LG
  • Text Difficulty:
    K - 1

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About the Author-
  • Tony Johnston is the award-winning author of more than 100 beloved children's books. She lives with her family in San Marino, California, where she grew up.
Reviews-
  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 30, 2012
    A baby’s inaugural laugh—“That small spill of happiness,” as Johnston (Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea) felicitously puts it—is so infectiously joyful that it makes everyone in the tyke’s rural, tumbledown community come running. But laughing on demand is clearly not baby’s thing—even when visitors try “smiling like pumpkins” and the seemingly surefire “coochy-coo.” What will it take to get the giggles going again? Unfortunately, both the question and its answer fall flat. Johnston’s rustic lyricism is well matched to Gammell’s (Mudkin) luminous mixed-media illustrations, which portray an entire town of quirky personalities (the baby’s father sports a top hat and a ponytail, and thrift shop ensembles prevail among his friends and neighbors); there’s an undeniable mood of genial comic chaos. But the story feels woolly and unfocused—it’s one of those books that forces readers to flip the pages backward to keep track of what’s happening. Even more critically, the grownups’ desire to make the baby laugh one more time never translates into narrative momentum or comic urgency. Ages 4–8.

  • Kirkus

    July 15, 2012
    Johnston captures the beauty of a baby's first laugh and a family's subsequent joy in this sweet celebration of one of life's loveliest milestones. On a crisp, winter's day, a baby laughs. "That small spill of happiness / went rippling through the house-- / a dazzle, a jazzle, a shine." To share in this wondrous event, relatives and neighbors gather, but no amount of prompting can get this babe to giggle again. Later, with bellies full of food and conversation, "into a slot of silence... / ...rang a little mirthful sound," causing more hilarity to ensue until the guests finally depart into the soft, falling snow. Tender and exuberant, playful and poignant, the text perfectly honors this merry occasion. Unfortunately, Gammell's uniformly chaotic artwork is a poor match. Almost the full color spectrum is represented in each spread, with black used mainly to delineate shapes rather than shadows, thus hindering readers' ability to perceive depth and focus. A few artistic choices also detract from the text, such as the baby's derriere-exposing pants (cute the first time, but distracting the fourth); the needless sloppiness of the guests (spilled dishes and drinks); and a reappearing "LOL" sign (when other indicators point to an era gone by). Moreover, despite the author's note on the Navajo First Laugh Ceremony, there are no appropriate ethnic elements in the illustrations. Enjoy it for the delicious, read-aloud text, but hide the illustrations. (Picture book. 3-8)

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  • School Library Journal

    August 1, 2012

    PreS-K-A baby laughs out loud for the first time, and it sends his family into a frenzy of joy and celebration. Ma declares that the event calls for a Laugh-Out-Loud Party; family, friends, and community members are all invited. The baby is passed around as everyone tries to make him laugh again and again. It's only once the house has a moment of silence that the baby lets loose with another giggle, much to the merriment of the guests. Eventually, the baby tires out and finally sleeps, holding his laughs inside until the next day. The rollicking text begs to be read aloud with phrases like "a dazzle, a jazzle, a shine" and exclamations such as "whoopee-doodles!" Johnston uses alliteration in brilliant ways that keep the text flowing; she also doesn't shy away from larger vocabulary words, putting them in context so their meaning is understood. Gammell's signature artwork is lively and fun. Problematic is the brief endnote indicating that this story is inspired by a Navajo tradition where a family celebrates a child's first laugh with the First Laugh Ceremony. This story does not seem to depict any Navajo; the central family appears to be Caucasian. The art and text have a Southern down-home feel that belies the ceremony's origins; the lack of cultural authenticity is puzzling and disturbing.-Laura Lutz, Pratt Institute, New York City

    Copyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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