A must have for parents with young children, Moo, Baa, La La La, is a board book that sparkles with whimsical illustrations and catchy rhyme. Beware though; it will have parents and children alike oinking, mooing, and baaing in no time flat.
Wait Wait…That’s Not Right
There’s humor in error, and author Sandra Boynton knows it. In Moo, Baa, La La La she sets up the whole thing as a platform for animated reading that’s chock full of laughs. We start with a cow, which says moo. We go to a sheep, which says baa. So far this is turning out to be just like any other farm animal book for youngsters. We go to three pigs, dancing with canes and top hats and singing la la la and…that can’t be right can it? Then we have rhinos and dogs and cats and all kinds of critters making noise and suddenly this book isn’t so average anymore…
A picture is worth a thousand words right? I don’t think that pertains to just photographs, I think it includes drawings as well. All Boynton gives us is pictures of animals that we see in just about every other children’s book, so why are her illustrations so special?
For those of you familiar with her other books (or greetings cards, she’s done over four thousand) you’ll understand. Her characters are chunky, friendly, doofy looking critters that are the easiest things for young ones to fall in love with. Whereas a lot of pictures books are appreciated for their artistic value by adults but maybe not as much by kids, Boyntons illustrations are not just appreciated, they’re adored, by folks of all ages.
Our Overall Opinion Of Moo, Baa, La La La!
I cannot guarantee that you or your child will love this book. Some find it boring, or just ‘okay,’ and more than a few don’t understand the big deal with the illustrations. It is, truthfully, a very simple children’s book.
What I can honestly say is that I’ve read this book time and again to children ranging from infancy to age two and three, and the majority of them get fixated. Ok well the little babies just stare, but we all know they’re sponges and they’re soaking it up! The simple words and rhyme help with developing speech, the board book pages are easy to grasp and turn (not to mention hardy enough to withstand a curious teething toddler) and the illustrations are humorous and sweet. I like it. I’d say if it looks anything like something your kid would be into, give it a shot. You might just find yourself amongst the hundreds of parents and children out there that love this book to pieces.