Any parent of a busy toddler can relate to "UH-OH, Baby!" by Nancy Coffelt.
The charming story is illustrated by Scott Nash. I know that I can relate when I see my toddler teetering at the kitchen sink wanting to help with the dishes...or when she insists to take the dog for a walk. The dialogue in Coffelt's story is very simple. Baby Rudy's vocabulary echoes what he hears from his family on a daily basis: UH-OH!, No and Wow. Rudy is a typical toddler who wants to take part in what the big people are doing--especially when it is his mother's birthday! As his mother opens gifts, you can hear "Wow!" from the family members. Little Rudy has his hands clasped. He has a little gift too...a ladybug. As soon as Rudy gives his token of love to his mother, it flies away. Mom says "UH-OH!" and Rudy is not amused. "No, UH-OH Wow!" He wants the gift to be a permanent fixture for his mother. Yet Mother Nature got in the way. Maybe a block tower will work better. Rudy could build it super high for his mommy. Mother does look awestruck as Rudy wheels in his block tower--especially for her. It inevitably crashes. Rudy laments "No, Uh-Oh! Wow!" Rudy explores a menagerie of activities and creations to show his mother. As we know, nothing in the toddler world is elegant. There will be a lot of UH-OH's. Rudy, though, is the "Wow!" for his family. His mishaps and attempts to be a part of the festivities is the most charming gift of all. Children will enjoy the comic-book styled illustrations as well as hunting down the ladybug on each page.