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Wednesday 21 April 2021

Review: Hello, Baby!

A new baby is a gift to the world — a precious gift of love and wonder. 

Hello, Baby! by Shelly Unwin and Jedda Robaard is a celebration of that love and wonder, and all the beautiful moments that come with a new baby.

We’ll count your fingers and your toes

And marvel at your button nose.

We’ll sing and read and talk to you

And make you smile at peekaboo!

Written in flawless rhyme, the rhythm and flow of this picture book is just delightful. It’s soothing and soft, and a wonderful bedtime read for littlies to celebrate those beautiful first days, months and years of baby life.

With gorgeous pastels and cute baby animals throughout, it’s also a joy to explore. Unwin’s story and Robaard’s illustrations perfectly entwine to deliver a picture book that I predict will quickly become a favourite.

With a special place at the start to write your name and baby’s name, it’s the perfect gift for brand new bundles of joy. But I love that it’s also a book that will continue to give as they grow. When baby is a little older, they will have so much fun learning and pointing to the wide variety of animals featured. Unwin has also weaved in brilliant repetition so kids can join in with the storytelling. It’s truly a treat.

At the back of the book there is also a place to stick in baby’s first photo, so the book can become a keepsake for children to hold onto over the years.

I really love this book. I’m sure every parent knows new babies bring challenges and frustrations, and there are bad days as well as good. But Hello, Baby! is here to remind us that every second of baby chaos is worth it — that there really is nothing as magical as new life and the joy and wonder it brings to our world.

For more amazing picture books by Shelly Unwin, make sure you check out There's a Baddie Running Through This Book and Blast Off!. And for more stunning illustrations from Jedda Robaard, you simply must take a look at I'm Ready for Christmas and I'm Ready for Preschool.

Title: Hello, Baby!
Author: Shelly Unwin
Illustrator: Jedda Robaard
Publisher: Allen and Unwin, $19.99
Publication Date: March 2021
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781760876074
For ages:  0 - 5
Type: Picture Book