"Naptime-/ no!/ Sleepytime-/ not my sister." Everybody knows a Go-Go Baby, the one who scorns sleep, who craves motion and noise. In Salerno's (Little Tumbo) stylish retro spreads, Go-Go Baby and her curlicue hair and diaper are rendered with a couple of bold black crayon lines, while the rest of the world roars left and right across the pages, a series of department-store ad figures from the '50s-men with fedoras, buses with square windows. Big blocks of primary color, bold type and calligraphic strokes give pages motion and verve. Sneaking from her crib with blanket and pacifier, Go-Go Baby pushes the stroller over to her mother and big sister; she wants to go out! Down the street into the middle of a traffic jam, onto the bus, the train, the ferry, Go-Go Baby won't sleep until she's seen everything in the city that moves ("Va-rooom goes the motor. Love that roar"). Orgill's (If I Only Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong) deft text quickly sketches the scenes-"Dock squeaks,/ water slaps,/ snapping windy flag"-as Go-Go Baby drives her mother and older sister on. Sometimes she even rolls ahead-"Uh-oh!/ Ramp!/ Whoa, Baby!/ Gotcha!/ Kiss kiss." Even children with no little brothers or sisters will giggle as sleep overtakes the heavy-lidded Go-Go Baby at last, swirling around her in hypnotic circles-"sleepy baby... going... going... Gone!" A winner. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
K-Gr 2-Diaper-clad, binky-faced Go-Go Baby does not want to take a nap. Mother and big sister get the stroller and take baby on a frenetic walk down busy, noisy streets, to the mailbox, and to the bus. When they disembark from the bus, baby rushes ahead while Mom and sister follow. Their next stop is the train station. The train speeds across the countryside, then it's on to the ferry. When the boat docks, Mom and sister have an ice-cream cone as baby sleeps in the stroller. The minimal repetitive text and bright, retro art on boldly colored spreads create a silly story about getting a baby to nap. The illustrations carry the story with the phraselike text describing actions and noises. Unfortunately, the tale ends abruptly and falls flat, leaving readers unsatisfied.-Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.