Mem Fox is the acclaimed author of many popular children's books including Possum Magic, which is a bestselling children's book in Australia, with more than one million copies sold. In addition to writing children's books, she is a senior lecturer in education. Mem lives in South Australia with her husband. Find Mem online at www.memfox.com and on twitter as @MemFox1. Helen Oxenbury is among the most popular and critically acclaimed illustrators of her time. Her numerous books for children include Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell, We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, as well as her classic board books for babies. She won the Kate Greenaway Medal for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Her most recent picture books include the critically acclaimed There's Going to Be a Baby, the first book-publishing collaboration between her and her husband John Burningham, and Charley's First Night and When Charley Met Granpa by Amy Hest. Helen lives in London.
Nobody draws babies like Helen Oxenbury does. She is one of the most popular and acclaimed illustrators in the world and Mem Fox of course, is an Australian icon. The pairing of these two awesome talents is inspired. The reader is taken on a trip around the world, to meet babies in many different countries. What transpires is a procession of laughing, expressive, delightful babies. And they all have, as you would expect, ten little fingers and ten little toes. But it is the final baby that makes the book so special and relevant to the toddler sitting on a lap sharing the book and the related actions. Mem Fox's text is simple, repetitious and rhyming, gentle and loving without being twee or schmaltzy. Helen Oxenbury's illustrations are also simple, uncluttered and focussed. Her touch is so gentle and understated, but she is able to achieve a definite character and nationality for every baby. Her babies are varied, cute and adorable, and the love in the final pictures is palpable. This is a perfect read-aloud picture book for early childhood, a celebration of babies, full of warmth and appeal. It was a joy to read and a pleasure to hold. Margaret Hamilton is a former children's publisher. She now provides freelance publishing services and reviews
Delightfully exuberant and endearingly sentimental, this is a simple, glorious celebration of the differences and similarities between babies the world over. * Observer * An instant classic ... there's real magic at work here. * Publisher's Weekly * "My daughter who is 3 absolutely loved this book! The illustrations are beautiful and it was a great book for us to discuss how our family and friends may all be different in some ways but the same in others." * Toppsta * "A brilliant interactive book which makes the babies laugh out loud. Highly recommended." * Toppsta * "I am not surprised to learn that this book is celebrating it's 10th anniversary as it is a true classic. It has beautiful illustrations and is written really well - simple with a lot of repetition." * Toppsta * "The winning combination of gentle text and beautiful watercolour illustrations by the critically acclaimed illustrator Helen Oxenbury means that this is a book that will be read over and over again - and loved by children and parents alike." * Counsel *