Wild Baby by Cori Doerrfled is a cute story, but one that fell flat for me. As mentioned in other reviews, I am not a fan of the “comedy of errors” storyline, especially when it shows a child clueless to what is around them with that selfishness kids can have. The baby is carefree and the poor, haggard mother must save her willful child from literal death! Then, all the baby must do is say, “I am sorry” and all is forgiven. To me, this is not a strong message to be sending to our children.
With that said, other people we absolutely adore this book and think it is the most fun and delightfully silly book they have ever read. This is what I absolutely adore about books. We have literally thousands of reviews here. Therefore, a book like this can have three different readers and three different opinions. They might have overlapping points, but in the end, we have each experienced this book due to our own likes, dislikes and needs.
And with that said, I will say these are some cute illustrations. The colors are bold but not overpowering. They move the story along at the right pace. You can also stop and explore the jungle setting with the details hiding about. You can adapt the book to be a game as well with learning colors or counting or “what else do you see” in them. While it might be a book that grows with your child, it is something most children will enjoy.
Even this less than raving review, it will not stop me from reading more of Doerrfled. They have several books, each to taken on a case-by-case bases. And it will be a cute board book.