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Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee
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Please, Baby, Please

by Spike Lee, Tonya Lewis Lee

Other authors: Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)

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Please, Baby, Please is an adorable book. However, I had issues with the rhyme scheme of the book because the author would switch up the phrase. The illustrations are great and I believe every parent can relate to the story of an active toddler. ( )
  jwesley | Apr 14, 2015 |
I really enjoyed Spike Lee’s story “Please Baby Please” for multiple reasons, from the engaging, well-paced writing, and the illustrations, to the realistic characters. In the story the author takes us through a day with an active toddler, and her seemingly overwhelmed parents. The story is told chronologically (from morning to night) and is written in a very well paced and engaging style. Lee uses short, simple sentences, and repeats the phrase “please, baby please”, as the toddlers parents attempt to get her to cooperate throughout the day. This element adds to the realistic nature of the story. The illustrations also add to the story because the images reflect real situations that occur with toddlers from getting cheerios all over them, to writing on the walls, and the bubbly, wet mess that comes with bath time. The characters are extremely believable because they behave in a way that is true to real life, from the hyper toddler, to the tired parents pleading with the child for cooperation. This is a wonderful story that brings to the forefront the struggles that comes with parenting a young child. The big idea is that although raising a toddler has its challenges, the love between the child and parents makes it all worthwhile. ( )
  Mchapp1 | Feb 8, 2015 |
This is an adorable book that would make a sweet gift for a new parent, or a parent of a toddler.
The illustrations are phenomenal, and the font appearance is fun, but I can't quite figure out the rhyme scheme or rhythm, so I actually find the story itself a little frustrating-- it doesn't just naturally flow.
BUT EVERY SINGLE CHILD who I've read this with has LOVED it! And actually, the mismatched rhyme scheme made the kids actually have to read the words rather than merely memorize the word sequence!

The mischievous character is very engaging, the artwork is incredibly well done, and it's a great representation of non-white characters. ( )
  jamdwhitt | Feb 1, 2015 |
Its about a family who raise the baby.
  cmays93 | Dec 6, 2014 |
This book is very well illustrated. Other than that, it is disappointing. The repetition of "baby" and "please" is different on every page, and I can't seem to find a pattern to it, though my brain naturally wants to look for one. This just makes it an irritating detractor from the funny things the baby is doing. Spike Lee should stick to filmmaking.

A bilingual English/Spanish version of this story was included in Cheerios boxes as part of the "Spoonfuls of Stories" promotion. ( )
  quaintlittlehead | Jul 31, 2014 |
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Lee, Tonya Lewismain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0689834578, Paperback)

Filmmaker Spike Lee and wife Tonya Lewis Lee join the ranks of other celebrity kids' book writers with their sweet, rhythmic read-along about the endless energy of a toddler blasting through a busy day.

The Lees' diapered dynamo starts early (the VCR reads 3:01 a.m.), with the little girl outlasting her mama sprawled out on the living room floor ("Go back to bed, baby, please, baby, please"). A breakfast of upturned Cheerios follows a few hours later ("Not on your HEAD, baby baby baby, please!"), then play time, a trip to the playground, dinner, and a bath ("Please don't splash, baby baby, please, baby!"). The fun repetition doesn't change up until the book's sweet close, as the curly-haired tyke somehow can't get to sleep ("Kiss me good night? Mama, Mama, Mama, please").

The Lees have as much or more success than their high-profile counterparts (Jerry Seinfeld: Halloween, John Lithgow: Marsupial Sue; and Jamie Lee Curtis: I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem), thanks in large part to their excellent choice of illustrator Kadir Nelson, whose work has appeared everywhere from Sports Illustrated to the New Yorker. Just as he did with Will Smith's Just the Two of Us, Nelson uses his enormous talent to inject energy and emotion into each richly colored, Rockwellian spread. (Baby to preschool) --Paul Hughes

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A toddler's antics keep his mother busy as she tries to feed him, watch him on the playground, give him a bath, and put him to bed.

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