The adorable Rudy is back and busy finding a gift for Mom in this charming companion to Catch That Baby!
Little Rudy is determined to give Mom the best present ever—but nothing seems to be working! His monstrous block tower topples, the floral bouquet doesn’t turn out as pretty as he hoped, and his perfect paintings are sabotaged by the family dog. Will Rudy ever find a special gift for Mom?
Nancy Coffelt and Scott Nash have created a sweet and funny companion to Catch That Baby! This delightful read-aloud shows you that sometimes, the perfect present is in the last place you look.
Rudy (last seen speeding around the house naked in Catch That Baby!) is determined to give his mother a birthday gift that will make her say "Wow!" To his ongoing consternation, such efforts as a splendid block tower and a giant topiary dog that would make Jeff Koons green with envy are consistently upstaged by the family dog's ongoing pursuit of a ladybug which, not coincidentally, was Rudy's initial gift. Mom is so distracted by the mild domestic mayhem that she responds with "Uh-ohs" instead of the desired interjection: "Wow!" The story's rhythm feels erratic, and readers may wonder why Mom is so dense, especially when Rudy is clearly a candidate for the gifted and talented program. On an individual basis, however, Nash's frames reveal him to be something like a latter-day Ernie Bushmiller and, yes, that's a compliment. In addition to a linear shading technique that evokes engraving, there's the same quirky formalism-meets-comics sensibility at work, with strong graphic shapes, bold black outlines, and flat colors delivering the kind of visual punch devotees of Nancy savored every Sunday. Ages 4 8. Author's agent: Edward Necarsulmer IV, McIntosh & Otis.