Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Uh-Oh Baby! is a children’s picture book written by Rhonda Whitaker and illustrated by Penny Weber. Each page in this book, designed for babies and toddlers and their parents, shows what is a familiar scene for new parents. There’s the delightful game of peek-a-boo which never seems to grow old for a young child. Sometimes, things spill or get knocked over and end up accidentally on the floor. Mealtime can be a gloriously messy affair especially with foods like spaghetti. Little ones often get the biggest charge out of playing with their food as well as eating it. Bath time is also frequently a time when everyone gets a bit wet, whether in the bathtub or out. Everyone loves to splash in a warm sudsy bath. Finally, at day’s end, there are those tell-tale signs that baby is getting tired, from rubbing their eyes to stretching their mouths wide in a great big yawn. All of these are Uh-Oh moments that become treasured memories.
Rhonda Whitaker’s children’s picture book, Uh-Oh Baby!, celebrates the arrival of a new baby and the Uh-Oh moments that are part of everyday life with young ones. Each moment is captured with good humor and an appreciation of the joy that parenting can bring. Penny Weber’s illustrations are masterful. Each panel is colored in a range of pastel shades that work perfectly with the theme of this book. I especially appreciated the diversity of Weber’s charming images, which will ensure that everyone feels that they are part of the story. Uh-Oh Baby! is a grand selection for a bedtime story, and it’s recommended for parents and caregivers with very young children and toddlers.