Welcome back to Nonna’s Corner. Today I am sharing the picture book A Band of Babies written by Carole Gerber and illustrated by Amy Dryer. Come with this group of nursery students as Benny leads them on an adventure.
by Carole Gerber
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New York Times bestselling illustrator Jane Dyer teams up with award-winning author Carole Gerber to lead a band of marching babies all through town.
It was just an ordinary day at play group until Benny arrived. With flute in hand and drums in tow, Benny’s love of music inspires the babies to get up and put on a show. Toot! Toot! Whee! Benny and his band of babies are a sight to see!
With rhythmic text from veteran author Carole Gerber and lively illustrations from bestselling artist Jane Dyer, this musical journey will have readers of all ages snapping their figures and tapping their toes! (
A Band of Babies offers a rhythmic tale about a group of nursery children who follow a charismatic young child named Benny as he leads them on an adventure beginning with a marching band. He leads them to the local grocer where they create quite the commotion. Spilled fruit, unraveled rolls of toilet paper, giggles and more before Benny leads them all safely to the nursery for a nap.
The verse is clever and at first, I worried about these unsupervised toddlers, but the pastel illustrations show us a harried worker following the group. Princess Sophia and Clayton liked the verse well enough, and the mess at the grocer provided a giggle. The illustrations are beautiful, but their gentle and soothing qualities don’t quite match up to the vibrant texts.
- Age Range: 4 – 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool – 3
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Oh wow, SO cute. I kinda know why you struggled with this book. Poor illustration can make or break at times. But I love the sound of it and I believe kids would too. ❤️
The illustrations are beautiful, I just thought they should be bold and loud.
oldie but a goodie. I think Jane Dyer does illustrations before?
Yes, Jane Dyer illustrated and it was released in June of this year.
Cute illustrations – reminds me of an old-fashioned book. I like that there is a worker rushing after them! LOL
It does have an old-fashioned quality to it, Lauren.
Tyler H. Jolley
How cute, Liv would love this. My boys . . . well, they’re afraid of baby dolls. Seriously terrified. Liv will strategically place dolls around the house to freak out her brothers.
Too funny Tyler.
Can’t resist those smiles on that book cover! Thanks for the post!!!
Thank you, Angela.
Melissa (Books and Things)
Oh the illustrator shouldn’t have gone pastel. I think it would have fit it better if the colors were more vibrant. This sounds so cute and I love the giggle. 🙂
Yes, I do believe the on this we all agree.
Looks cute 🙂
*nods* and agrees
I thought so. Thanks Sherry
This sounds so fun! Can you imagine seeing a group of kiddies hanging out in Food Lion or Kroger on their own personal adventure? (lol) Passing this one on to my son for the grandbaby. Hugs…
Our local food store gives tours to pre-schools. Poor workers!
Love the sound of this book! The pictures are sooo cute! 🙂 I have two little nieces and I think they would adore this!
It is a very cute story, Nina. I hope they love it.
Awww, this takes me back to my childhood. The illustrations looks so kawaii (cute) 🙂
Nice! They are cute.
I agree with Verushka, it really sounds like an adorable book! And I also like the illustrations 🙂
They are lovely, I just wish the colors were not muted to better match the text.
Such beautiful artwork inside of this! I think that is one of the things I love most about these books, all the wonderful and beautiful illustrations!
Right. It brings the story to life.
That sounds adorable — I love the art and that they’re a diverse bunch of kids from what I can see.
Yes, it was diverse and the illustrations are adorable.
It looks nice.
It was a cute read Melliane
What a sweet book! I think my Chloe would like this one!
Yes, I could see sweet Chloe enjoying this.