Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Book Review ~ #BabyLove: My Toddler Life by Corine Dehghanpisheh

In #BabyLove: My Toddler Life, a new children’s picture book by Corine Dehghanpisheh, a curious toddler loves to play… especially with his mommy’s smartphone!

When Mommy finds him using her phone without permission, it’s the perfect teaching moment.  Mommy reminds her little one that what matters most in life is time together filled with love and attention.

Her simple reminder:  Put down our phones.

#BabyLove: My Toddler Life is the second book in Corine’s #BabyLove Book Series.  The first book in the series, #BabyLove: My Social Life, won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Picture Books 0-5.

Corine’s inspirations for writing and illustrating come from everyday life.  When she is not busy being creative, she is most likely having fun taking pictures of her family.

Corine is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient and a Next Generation Indie Author Finalist for her debut children’s book Can We Play Again?. Her inspiration for this book came from her work as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NYC. She is also the author of Buddy’s Dream.

Corine recently moved to Dallas, TX from NYC with her family. Readers can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. To learn more, go to

#BabyLove:  My Toddler Life is a book based on a toddler’s life in today’s  world where our smartphones tend to take center stage and we use the phone as our way of capturing every life event with the camera feature.  As a society, tend to use our smartphones for everything and the children in our lives pick up on that - if mommy or daddy  'plays' with their phone all day, then it MUST be okay for the child to play with it...right?  Well, perhaps not so much.

This story is told from the point of view of the toddler as he finds his mother's phone left unattended and begins taking selfies.  When his mom discovers what is happening and after looking at all the selfies her child took and all of the other pictures on her phone,  she begins to realize the moments she has captured show that life is passing by too quickly.  It's just time to put the phone down and spend some quality time with her child, building memories that will last a lifetime.

#BabyLove:  My Toddler Life is probably the cutest and most clever books I have read.  As a grandparent in this technology based age, I can totally relate to this book.  Lord knows, whenever my grandson is in my sight, I am constantly taking pictures of him.  His own mother has caught him taking selfies with her phone and I must admit, it was too cute!  However, it was also a reminder that as parents and grandparents, sometimes we just need to put the phone down and have some one-on-one time without the camera/phone always being around.

This book is just perfect for parents and their kids as it is just the right length for a quick read.  The delightful illustrations are bright and cheery and the story with its rhyming prose is amusing and fun to read. If you have a toddler or young child and you are one of THOSE parents (or grandparents) who simply love to take pictures and document every moment with your smartphone, then this book is for you.

4 stars

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