Next To You: A Book of Adorableness
Next To You: A Book of Adorableness
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Lori Haskins Houran, illus. by Sydney Hanson
ISBN 9780807556009
Albert Whitman & Company, 2016.
5 stars
Keywords: ages-0-3 baby-books lori-haskins-houran next-to-a-book-adorableness toddler-books

Next To You: A Book of Adorableness
by Lori Haskins Houran, illus. by Sydney Hanson

This book is just plain adorable. Next To You: A Book of Adorableness, written by Lori Haskins Houran and illustrated by Sydney Hanson is the perfect book to shower your little one with love. Sydney Hanson fills the pages with illustrations of doe-eyed baby animals that will have you cooing with delight. The narrator lists different cute baby animals doing adorable things, such as “Two kittens with a ball of yarn?” and “A squirrel eating a doughnut with his tiny hands?” The message throughout is that the baby or toddler who is being read to is really the more adorable one. As the narrator says of the animals throughout the book: “Adorable, sure. But next to you? Meh. Just OK.” 

This book is impossibly adorable while being funny at the same time. After turning pages filled with baby fawns, elephant calfs, and baby giraffes, the final page is the sweetest, with all the animals curled up to sleep followed by the line, “I’m happy to be…next to you.” 

Enjoy making your toddler giggle as you pull out all the adorable stops with this little book. Next To You would also be the perfect to give as a gift for a newborn child, or even as a gift from a child to a mother this Mother's Day!

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