This book used to be very popular and (rather amazingly) survived the boys’ toddler years without significant damage. There are some cute bouncy rhymes, but the big attraction were the sturdy interactive features: textures, scratch-and-sniff skunk, pull tabs, flaps, and lots of fur.
Author: Matthew Van Fleet
Illustrator: Matthew Van Fleet
When my oldest was a young toddler, Baby Cat Nicky 123 was his favorite book. He loved having it read to him. (Was it the cats? The rhythm? The bright colors?) And he loved chewing on it so much that we had to buy another copy. This came as a complete surprise; I had bought the book on a whim to compliment the (excellent) Nicky’s Jazz for Kids CD (which is still in regular rotation in my car). Although this book is no longer in demand, well over four years later, I still have its text completely memorized.
Author: Carol Friedman
Illustrator: Carol Friedman