Review of You’re My Little Sweet Pea

You’re My Little Sweet Pea is a cute little book that’s perfect for a baby shower gift or for parents of a newborn.

It’s a hardcover board book that measures about 8 inches by 8 inches. Each page features an adorable illustration of an animal mother or father and her baby, including deer, cats, sheep, giraffes, bears, foxes, tigers, bunnies, and mice. Each is in a familiar anthropomorphic setting; for example, a bunny mother is singing and watching her baby put away toys on a playroom; a bear father is holding his cub in his lap while sitting in his easy chair.

The illustrations are soft and cute with bright watercolor painting. As with all great children’s books, there are plenty of background details to keep children engaged.

The words are reminiscent of books like On the Day You Were Born by Nancy Tillman or Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, in that they’re like a gentle love letter to a parent’s baby (“Your giggle always melts my heart / You changed my world from the start”). Personally, I find the words a little too babyish for my three year old, but I could totally see a parent of a newborn or a toddler who’s just learning how to talk reading it to their child. As such, it makes a perfect present for parents of a new baby.