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Baby’s First Bank Heist by Jim Whalley, illus. Stephen Collins.

July 12, 2018

baby bank heistBaby’s First Bank Heist by Jim Whalley, illus. Stephen Collins. Pub. Bloomsberry, 2018.

This picture book is as daft as a brush and I suspect that is one of the reactions the authors want.

Mum and dad take baby for a walk in the park. Baby is suitably dressed in a black and white striped romper suit as though his parents suspected his future actions.

Baby wants a pet, any pet, but parents are aghast at the idea. Baby plots. A visit to the bank gets his imagination flowing and he robs the bank as only a baby can. Following the signs to the cash he bypasses all the alarms, stuffs his romper suit full of money and slinks away like a weasel up a drainpipe.

At home he scans the Net and purchases an array of animals and secrets them throughout his house. Parents don’t get onto it until they discover a rather laconic rhino in the garage. What will they do? read it and find out.

Very witty rhyming text which is always good for language development and illustrations  in watercolours and ink drawings, that tell their own story and enhance the written text.

A perfect combination that produces the type of craziness that kids love. A good read-a-loud as well.

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