Little Baby Buttercup by Ellen Airgood

Little Baby Buttercup

Written by Ellen Airgood
Illustrated by

RRP £11.99


Little Baby Buttercup by Ellen Airgood

This lovely read-aloud celebrates the delight to be found in the world of a toddler. Every day brings new milestones and new wonderment - and little baby Buttercup is eager to reach out and experience it all, while her mother is always eager to reach out with a hug. Linda Ashman's rhyming text captures a mother and baby's joy in their shared time, and You Byun's rich pastel hues and charming details make all the moments-both quiet and boisterous-shine. Together they have created a beautiful book that celebrates the magic of those fleeting days of early childhood.


Rocks with simple, solid rhymes (encouraging participation and pleasingly predictable to listeners). . . . A joyful, one-sided conversation that narrates the everyday pleasures that spring from the care for a small child. . . . Visually describe[s] the variety of tiny experiences a single day with a toddler brings as well as a parent's intense focus on their little one. . . . Cozy, predictable, cheerful and brimming with motherly love--a dependably pleasing read-aloud for the smaller set. --Kirkus Reviews Endearing. . . . Easy to imagine how these pages could become a go-to source of calm and comfort. Ashman and Byun make a case that in both noticing and being noticed, we are loved and lucky. --Publishers Weekly Ashman deftly integrates rich vocabulary into her couplets. . . . The soft colors and spare details suit the intended young audience. --School Library Journal Playful . . . captures the special, loving relationship between parent and toddler. . . . The bouncing, enthusiastic toddler depicted in Byun's ink-and-watercolor illustrations perfectly matches Ashman's jaunty, rhythmic lines. . . . Little ones will easily relate to many of Buttercup's moments. . . . This cozy title is a treat to read aloud for little ears, and a great fit for bedtime. . . . About unconditional love in both big and small moments. --Booklist

About the Author

Linda Ashman ( is the author of more than twenty-five picture books, including, most recently, Rain!, which Kirkus called altogether delightful in a starred review. Her books have been included on the best of the year lists of The New York Times, Parenting and Child magazines, the New York Public Library, the IRA/CBC and more. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, son, and two dogs. You Byun ( wrote and illustrated Dream Friends, and her work has appeared in numerous galleries and magazines around the world. Born in Queens, New York, she grew up in Korea, Japan, and the US, and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she goes on a daily afternoon walk wishing she had a dog like Buttercup's.

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32 pages


Ellen Airgood
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Penguin USA an imprint of Penguin Putnam Inc

Publication date

29th January 2015



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