Saturday, April 1, 2017

#BabyLove: My Toddler Life Review & No Strings Attached Giveaway!

Dehghanpisheh, C. (2016). #BabyLove: My Toddler Life. Art to Inspire.

Children's Picture Book / Parenting / Contemporary


Book Blurb:

#BabyLove: My Toddler Life is the second book in Corine’s #BabyLove Book Series.  The first book in the series, #BabyLove: My Social Life, won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Picture Books 0-5.
In #BabyLove: My Toddler Life, a curious toddler loves to play… especially with his mommy’s smartphone!  When Mommy finds him using her phone without permission, it’s the perfect teaching moment.  Mommy reminds her little one that what matters most in life is time together filled with love and attention. Her simple reminder:  Put down our phones.

“This light-hearted reflection on social media habits is a great tool for starting discussions with young children.” – 5 Stars, Foreword Reviews

#BabyLove: My Toddler Life is a fun and timely picture book for 21st century preschoolers.” – BlueInk Review

“The lyrical way in which the story is told keeps the subject light while reminding the audience (adults and children alike) the importance of play time over screen time.” – Eileen Caulfield

“With simple rhyming phrases and the author’s enticing illustrations, the volume should surely appeal to young readers, who have almost certainly been told not to play with a parent’s phone. But the book works on another level as well: the boy teaches his mother a valuable lesson about mindfulness. After perusing the old photos, she tells her son: “These moments with you, / I love and treasure.” This stirring story reminds busy parents that even though those photos they take show how much they love their children, there’s joy and wonder in leaving the technology behind. This poignant and entertaining tale about a playful toddler aimed at young lap readers works on a much deeper level for parents.” - Kirkus
HALL WAYS REVIEW:  #BabyLove: My Toddler Life is the follow-up to #BabyLove: My Social Life and is just as cute.  Again, it provides a reminder to adults and kids to put down the phones and enjoy the moments.

Told in rhymes, the story shows that kids will do what they see modeled. In this case, the wide-eyed toddler picks-up Mommy's phone and takes more than a few selfies. It is always amazing that even the littlest children figure out how to use our grown-up devices (and often more proficiently). Author Corine Dehghanpisheh does a great job of driving the point home. 

Bright, colorful, and expressive illustrations -- all done by the author -- carry the story forward in an engaging way. The pages are full color with very little white space, the illustrations aren't fussy, and the font is fun, resulting in an overall look that will encourage kids to study the words an images. Children are as fascinated by smart phones as adults, so the way many of the pages are framed as if looking through a phone's camera screen will be fun and funny to them.

The story is well written and well edited (though I am curious about the symbol used for "and" on the cover/cover page -- I have only seen the reverse of it before. Anyone?) Like its predecessor, #BabyLove: My Toddler Life is equally suited for kids and adults; there are lessons for all ages. I especially recommend it as a parent/child read-aloud or read-along.  

Thank you to Book Publicity Services for providing me a lovely print copy in exchange for my honest opinion -- the only kind I give.  

About the Author: Corine’s inspirations for writing and illustrating come from everyday life.  When she is not busy being creative, she is most likely having fun taking pictures of her family.

Corine is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient and a Next Generation Indie Author Finalist for her debut children’s book Can We Play Again?. Her inspiration for this book came from her work as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NYC. She is also the author of Buddy’s Dream.

Corine recently moved to Dallas, TX from NYC with her family. Readers can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. To learn more, go to

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  1. Cute idea!
    (The ampersand is due to that particular font's depiction...I've used that in my longhand, too.)

    1. Thanks for the info! I guess I have seen it in some handwriting, but I just haven't ever seen that it's a correct symbol. The grammar policewoman in me always likes back-up! Ha! I need to ask the author. Thanks for stopping by!