Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Uh-Oh! Written by Shutta Crum and illustrated by Patrice Barton. Alfred A. Knopf, Random House. 2015. $19.99 ages 2 and up
"Uh-oh ... "
I could look at these illustrations all day long - and then tomorrow, too. Anyone who has a toddler in their daily lives will recognize the joy of being at the beach with these two young friends and their mothers. You will surely also recognize the ever-present 'Uh-Oh' in response to a variety of daily events.
They can hardly wait to get set up - moms in beach chairs under an umbrella, children with pails, shovels and other necessities, playing with abandon. A gull is definitely curious about the little one's sippy cup. Wet sunglasses, that cup, a stick and a shell are inspiration for a hilarious sand figure. When that bothersome bird sends them off on a new adventure, we are witness to the meandering path taken, and the problems present as they make their way to a nearby slide. That sets us up for yet another little adventure - and a final dousing!
Moms to the rescue!
The words are few, the fun is plentiful and the double-page spreads (including the front and back endpapers) enliven the story and are sure to elicit conversation about memorable days at the beach for the book's young audience.