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Thursday 20 August 2015

Review: Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada

I'm always keen to see children's books penned by celebrities. Not in the least bit because they're by celebrities, but because--let's be frank--I wonder and marvel at the encroachment of actress or model or guru or conglomerate mogul or comedian on the world of the children's author/illustrator, who spends a lifetime building their career in one of the most challenging industries on the planet. (Yes. We creators do it for love.)

So, I wonder. I marvel. I nervously anticipate said encroachment (I'm sure the perfume and music industries know exactly what I'm talking about).

Will the book be any good? [Insert 'good good good' echo here.]

Happily, in the case of The Tonight Show host and funny man Fallon, Dada has indeed pulled through with a dry, succinct and funny tale showcasing a series of animal dads intent on securing that all-elusive first word--'dada'.

Science tells us that 'dada' does indeed come first (apparently over 90 per cent of English-speaking babies have this predilection) but it's with much delight, in this adorable book, that each animal shuns 'dada' in favour of hee-haw, quack, oink, ribbit, peep, and other onomatopoeic delights.

The resultant look on the face of each animal dad is subsequently priceless.

This book is a simple concept, done well, with nice production values, warm humour and gorgeous illustrations. It's a shame illustrator Miguel Ordó­­ñez hasn't been given cover credit for his work. I'm well aware of the sales pull of celebrity monikers on books, but Miguel really does deserve cover space, as ALL illustrators (ie: equal creators who often do a greater amount of the heavy-lifting) do.

A gorgeous book for littlies and a case of celebrity done well.

Title: Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada
Author: Jimmy Fallon
Illustrator: Miguel Ordó­­ñez
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 July 2015
Format: Hard cover with dust jacket
ISBN: 9781250071811
For ages: 0 - 3
Type: Picture Book