Every so often, a children’s book comes along that captures the wild creative spirit of actual childhood. That’s “Stunt Baby,” playwright Julia Edwards’s charming, funny book about a daredevil baby who doesn’t want to go to bed.
Julia’s collage-art technique gives every page its own irresistible energy. Crayoned cutout characters fly over fabric backgrounds, and three-dimensional objects (buttons, beads, googly eyes, lace) add witty, fun details that make a kid (and okay, we admit it, us) want to pore through these pages more than once.
Here’s another thing we love about “Stunt Baby”: Julia drew all the pictures with her left hand – and she’s not left-handed. After watching her five-year-old son struggle with writing his first letters, she decided she wanted to re-experience a child’s effort, exhilaration, freedom, and pride in trying something brand-new. We think her fearless approach (along with a whole lot of talent) just might be what gives “Stunt Baby” its authentic, childlike joy and unique sense of fun.