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H.J. Hutchins
Illustrated by Ruth Ohi
Willowdale (Ont.), Annick Press, 1991. 24pp, library binding, ISBN 1-55037-153-3 {library binding) $14.95
ISBN 1-55037-156-8 (paper) $4.95. Distributed by Firefly Books. CIP

Grades 1 to 3/Ages 6 to 8

Reviewed by Joanne Robertson.

Volume 20 Number 2
1992 March

"Blimble de izzer? Gagarumph iggle de snorkum zot!" Katie's baby brother Norman babbles and babbles. Poor Katie can't get a word in edgewise and she can't hear her favourite TV shows. She knows how hard it is to live with a baby who is learning to talk and is practising sounds non-stop.

Katie decides to do something about it. An imaginative application of magic helps make Katie's problem get smaller for awhile. But, in the end, Katie and her mother choose a more realistic solution. Katie discovers that the problem didn't seem so big when "other people understood how she felt about it." Katie's Babbling Brother may be the catalyst to spark some conversations between parents and their children.

Hazel Hutchins is the author of many books for children and for pre-teens. They include Leanna Builds a Genie Trap, Ben's Snow Song and Norman's Snow­ball, to name but a few. The vocabulary she uses in Katie's Babbling Brother is well suited to its intended audience.

Children will also enjoy Ruth Ohi's lively water-colour illustrations. Oppo­site each page of print are full-page illustrations. Smaller ones are scattered throughout the rest of the book. This generous use of illustrations gives the book a colourful, attractive appearance.

Katie's Babbling Brother will especially appeal to the big brothers and big sisters who are living with a babbling baby.

Joanne Robertson, Winnipeg, Man.
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