Reviewing baby board books is not something I would normally do, since my youngest is 11. But when Gibbs Smith, publisher, offered review copies of Jane Eyre: A Counting Primer and Alice in Wonderland: A Colors Primer, I absolutely could not resist.
Both are by Jennifer Adams with art by Alison Oliver, and I am madly in love with them. I only wish the publishers had also sent me Pride and Prejudice: A Counting Primer and Romeo and Juliet: A County Primer as well. I mean, these books are just cool. Everything about them is right, from the feel of the thick pages to the colors to, of course, the text and artwork.
Jane Eyre, being a bit of a spooky novel at times, is a bit of a spooky baby book. Little might have no clue what's going on, but I can imagine my kids having the line on the 3 Candles page stuck in their heads throughout childhood: "It is always dangerous to have a candle lit at night." Imagine them having been read this dozens of times in their childhood and then, at age 14, actually encountering this scene in Jane Eyre! Fantastic!
As much as I love the novel Jane Eyre, I have to admit I am more smitten by the Alice in Wonderland board book. The art is fabulous. If I had a baby, I'd probably buy a second copy of the book just to frame all the pages. I mean, seriously. Look at the Cheshire cat and the caterpillar:
I am so happy that I have a brand new baby nephew to share these books with. These books are reviewed as "a must for every savvy parent's nursery library," and I must say that my brother and his wife are bound to be savvy parents. They need these.
Quick. Go buy these for every new baby in your life!