Hurry! Hurry! by Eve Bunting – Book Review

Hurry Hurry by Eve BuntingIt’s rare for a children’s book to include critic reviews on the back cover.

Hurry! Hurry! by Eve Bunting has four positive reviews by prominent book reviewers printed directly onto the back cover.

I figured if the publisher went through the trouble of soliciting, receiving, and re-printing positive reviews then the book must be worth reading to my baby.

Hurry! Hurry! is not a traditional book meant to be read to older children. Rather, it is an adorable picture book that doesn’t need words to tell a cute story.

The plot centers around an impending birth at the farm. The animals rush busily around the farm so that they can all get to the farmhouse in time to welcome a new baby chick. Although the pictures tell the full story, limited text (less than five words per pair of pages) is available to emphasize the story.

Since the text is unnecessary, Hurry! Hurry! is much better used as a tool for older children to talk out their own version of the story. Parents can also relate the tale in their own words to toddlers and babies. Vocabulary largely consists of repetitive phrases: hurry, hurry; ready, ready; coming, coming.

The illustrations by Jeff Mack are terrific. Over-exaggerated expressions on the faces of the farm animals give the book life while the bright colors and contrasting backgrounds make it easy to focus on the interactions of the animals themselves. A variety of farm animals are included throughout the book: cow, sheep, rooster, goat, duck, pig, dog, and the baby chick.

School-age children will be too old for repetitive readings of Hurry! Hurry!, but they will love explaining the story to their younger siblings. Toddlers and babies will be delighted by the animal pictures. Any little ones who are expecting the impending birth of a baby will particularly enjoy reading the book and seeing the expressions on the animals’ faces as the baby chick arrives.

Hurry! Hurry! costs (including shipping) under $7 new and under $4 used from Amazon.