JaNay Brown-Wood, author
JaNay Brown-Wood is an early childhood professor and the author of several books for children, including Imani's Moon and Grandma's Tiny House. She also contributed to the poetry anthology Thanku: Poems of Gratitude. Much of JaNay's work is intended to celebrate casual diversity, primarily featuring black characters. JaNay lives in California.
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Elissambura is a freelance artist and has illustrated many books for children, including Alligator Seder. Elissambura lives and works in Argentina.
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Members of an extended family shush one another to try to keep the baby asleep. The baby is laid in the crib, “finally asleep,” and Mom creeps out of the room, cringing at the creaking of the floor. The narrator, an older sibling, joins her as she finds Daddy and shushes him. The child and Daddy then find Grammy and shush her. Grammy helps shush Pop Pop, and the cycle continues until all siblings, pets, and even the neighbor have been shushed. Each character is engaged in some activity that isn’t inherently loud but, in the context of this humorous scenario familiar to many families with babies, adds to the suspense: Which innocent noise will wake the baby? As the string of effort is pulled along, readers feel the family’s roller coaster of emotional states, from desperation to frustration to exhaustion and finally relief. The text is composed of playful rhyming couplets, with sound effects hand-lettered in all-caps crowding into compositions as if they have lives of their own. The colorful, stylized illustrations add to the book’s playful tone, lending a tense energy and a sense of barely controlled chaos to this Black family’s humorous plight. Delightful comic relief for every household with a baby.
ISBN: 978-1-63289-819-7 EPUB
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Page count: 32
10 x 10