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Please, Baby, Please

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  1,191 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
Go back to bed,
baby please, baby, please.

Not on your HEAD,
baby baby baby, please!

Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife, producer Tonya Lewis Lee, preset a behind-the-scenes look at the chills, spills, and unequivocal thrills of bringing up baby!

Vivid illustrations from celebrated artist Kadir Nelson evoke toddlerhood from sandbox to high chair to c
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published November 1st 2002)
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5th out of 310 books — 98 voters
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May 11, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Please, readers, please! Choose this book if you are a fan of Kadir Nelson's work. And if you haven't ever encountered his work, please begin. The illustrations are so wonderful! I just love the baby's expression on the front cover. This is one beautiful, spirited baby! The text is just fine, I really enjoyed the variations on the "please, baby" refrain and felt exhausted just reading about the baby's antics as each hour in the day passes. Whew! But the illustrations are the star.

One thing I wo
Oct 11, 2011 Mushi rated it really liked it
This book, now in its third month in pre-bedtime reading, still manages to entertain.
This reminded me a lot of No David. And I've had plenty of parents tell me how much they hate that book, so I feel like people who hate No, David! might also dislike this one. I, however, like the idea of behind books like this--that even though toddlers hear a lot of "no's" throughout the day, there parents still love them. I do wish that the toddler had called to both Mommy and Daddy in the end (it's really a bummer when daddies get left out of picture books all the time--whenever I try to rea ...more
Jan 17, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable story with good rhythm. Works well with a group. Everyone seems to like the diaper in the toy box page. Reading one-on-one, you can see the clock on each page showing when things happen in Baby's day.
Jul 17, 2015 Autumn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bam-bam-1000kb4k
My 20 month old son selected this book by himself in the library. As soon as I saw it I knew exactly what is was going to be about just by looking at the wry smile on the little girl's face on the cover - a cheeky little toddler just like him! We've read it a couple times in the last few nights and we both LOVE IT! First off, the illustrations are very very detailed, beautiful and hilarious. It was shocking how closely the events of this little girl's day match our own! The text is pretty ...more
Dec 01, 2016 Jill rated it it was amazing
This is the magic book, people. My toddler group never sits and listens all the way through any book I try to read to them, but THIS BOOK IS MAGIC. All twelve toddlers sat, entranced, while I read them this book. Nobody screamed, nobody hit or bit anybody, no hair was was amazing. I cannot recommend this any more highly if you have squirmy toddlers and you need a calm moment.
In the same vein as The Boss Baby, Go the Fuck to Sleep and Must Push Buttons, this is a book that is true to life. If you want to know what it's like to have a toddler, read this book!
Nov 11, 2016 Shauna rated it it was amazing
Fun board book with clocks on each page that coordinate with the baby's activities. Sweet ending. This is a good book for my little brown grandson.
Diego Garcia
Oct 03, 2016 Diego Garcia rated it really liked it
The illustrations in this book are definitely its strongest point. The detail on every page is very engaging. One of the details that I enjoyed was the small clock on every page. It changes according to the time of day the events are occurring. The expressions on the baby’s face were also very well done. The text is very simple and predictable with the words please baby please repeated on every page. This would be a good book for kids that are just starting to read and prefer predictable text.
Kelly Grimes
May 08, 2015 Kelly Grimes rated it really liked it
1. Personal reaction- I really enjoyed this book because it is a very simple and direct beginning to read book. I really enjoyed the book especially because of the illustrations. The illustrations cover the pages, taking me through the adventures of the baby. I also enjoyed this book because the vocabulary throughout the book is so simple that it lets the readers know right from the beginning some of the little troubles babies get into everyday, including drawing all over the place, being messy ...more
Sep 28, 2016 Tessa added it
Shelves: picture-books
This was a very short repetitive book about a baby that kept getting in trouble and doing what it wasn't supposed to.
Don Tucker
Jun 12, 2013 Don Tucker rated it liked it
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Kimberlee Gutterman
Oct 03, 2016 Kimberlee Gutterman rated it liked it
Shelves: predictable
This book was very repetitive with the words "please" and "baby" however there is no distinct pattern that can be predicted from page to page. This book reminds me a lot of another book called "No, David" because of the way the text is repetitively structured about the child. Reading one-on-one, you can see the clock on each page showing the children when things happen in Baby's day. This can open up discussion about whether or not the baby's behavior is good or bad throughout the story plot. I ...more
Sep 07, 2009 Shel rated it liked it
Lee, S., & Lee, T.L. (2002). Please, Baby, Please. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.


As with No David and Love You When You Whine, Please, Baby, Please shares a parents' frustration of trying to get a child to behave. As can be discerned by the title, Please, Baby, Please is a rather polite version of asking a child to eat their veggies, go to sleep, not draw on the wall, etc. set within a one-day period. This book does include the child's voice as well at the
Kris Brown
Oct 10, 2013 Kris Brown rated it really liked it
Please, Baby, Please is a children’s picturebook written by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee. Kadir Nelson is the illustrator. This board book is intended to be read by the Nursery age group. No awards were issued. I rated this book as a five.

Please, Baby, Please is about an African American toddler, who keeps her mother busy throughout the day. The plot is simple and focuses on the two characters, the toddler and the mother. The setting moves around throughout the day as the toddler goes from brea
Sep 13, 2016 Sidney rated it really liked it
This book is the definition of a predictable book. I like this one though because the repetition matches the pictures well and helps tell this cute story. My favorite part is the end where the baby asks the mom for help. It is so sweet.
Sep 05, 2012 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: school-books
Genre: PB5

I think this is a brilliant story!!! The story is so real that I can feel the moms frustrated "please" coming out of her mouth!! I enjoyed the great illustrations that went along with the story and helped bring the story to life. Each page of the story has a clock on it with the time of day shown and I feel that is a great way to put into perspective the moments in the life of a parent and a child. I relate well to the clock on each page; as a parent we are always looking for more time
Mar 23, 2009 Julie rated it really liked it
In "Please, Baby, Please", we find a rambunctious baby engaging in the everyday mischief of a growing child. From the head full of Cheerios to the mouthful of sand to the baby’s insistence on making a used diaper part of the toy collection, the book does a great job of showing the curiosity and exploration of a child in their daily activities. The details in the illustrations vividly reflect the range of emotions and mischief that is being conveyed by the parent’s tired narrative voice. However, ...more
Cara Byrne
Jan 28, 2015 Cara Byrne rated it liked it
As the title suggests, the authors love repeating the words "please" and "baby" (in different order and in different amounts) on each page - which captivated Lu's attention and made her excited to read more. For me, the text wasn't as imaginative with its sometimes seemingly forced rhyme scheme (for instance "Keep off the wall, baby baby, please, baby/You share that ball, please, baby baby baby."). Another celebrity-composed picture book that lacks the depth of other works for kids.

And, althoug
Hend Alalwani
Age Rang:1-2
Personal reaction:
-There are some parts I like in this book, but mostly I do not like it. I do not like it because it shows that the mother do all the work alone with out the father. Also, I do not like how in the end the child just asked for a kiss from the mother and not the father. Also, the language is simple and the children do not gain new vocabulary.
On the other hand, I like about this book that the author used the words “baby and please” in different orders in the story. Also
Feb 13, 2012 Ruby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-choices
This is a great book for 1 or 2 year olds because of the repetition. As an educator, you can ask children why the mommy does not want baby to do the things she does. It might help them to understand the right choices that they should make. This book is also brief enough to keep young children interested for a short amount of time.

Extension activity: I could make a chart. One side will title yes, the other side is no. I would have pictures that would be bad choices and good choices. I can ask the
KidsLit Book Club
Dec 11, 2015 KidsLit Book Club rated it it was ok
The illustrations are fantastic, and the pages are true to life - a mischievous little toddler doing all those things toddlers like to do. BUT... the story - every page - is the adults telling the toddler various forms of "no." The mom puts the baby to bed, then the baby comes to the parents' room and asks for a kiss. So sad. :( I am teaching a class on board books to preschool teachers tomorrow, and this is going to be featured in that presentation as a bad example, which is sad, because there ...more
A fun collaboration between Spike Lee and his wife Tonya Lee is made into a spectacular picture book for young children through Kadir Nelson's fantastic illustrations.

A young African American baby girl gets into plenty of trouble as this book progresses through her day (the book has a similar energy as No David! by David Shannon, which also has a misunderstood, active main character). But, there is a happy ending where the repetitive line of "baby, please" becomes "mama, please" as the little gi
This book is a recommendation in Jason Boog's Born Reading. My son and I picked it up at the library and had a good time dramatizing the story. The illustrations are awesome! Babies can relate to the little girl wanting to stay at the park, not wanting to share the ball, and messing around at mealtimes. In fact, my son sometimes indicates that he is done eating by putting his food in his hair. Not on your head, please baby, please!

I liked the passage of time throughout the day, starting in the m
Jul 13, 2013 Christina rated it it was amazing
This is a classic and a MUST READ! It goes through the day of a baby and all the requests a mother makes.

The author uses repetition so that young readers will be able to follow along and eventually read alone. The author also uses very visual pictures that correspond to the request being made in the text. Most importantly, the author created a story that is very relevant. Many babies can relate to the things the baby is doing; and mothers can relate to the request that they constantly make.

Apr 23, 2012 Carolina rated it really liked it
This is a book, that is perfect to teach children about following directions. Good for children that like to be mischievous. Also good book to show that mother's don't give up on their children. Just like "please, puppy, please" this is a book with a lot of repetition and alliteration in it. The bold letter and bright illustrations can really get the children's attention.

An activity I would do with this book, is that I would have the children write down some directions that they think would be
Apr 03, 2013 Anita rated it liked it
Shelves: noticing-craft
I think this book is so cute. It's about a baby and all things things a parent asks a baby to do. For example, don't eat the sand!! The book also uses repeated phrases like baby, baby, baby, baby and please, baby, baby, please! The illustrations are some of the best I've seen so far. They are so realistic... Almost like a photograph.

I would use this book to ask the students what they notice about the writing. Although there may not be a moral-persay- in this book, it is great for teaching about
Jul 14, 2015 June rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Parents and caregivers of young children
Recommended to June by: Elissa
For the Black history lap time I just do black authors or illustrators.

I wasn't too taken with this. I found the changing refrain difficult. But it is certainly popular with the toddler & baby crowd. 2/15/12

Used again with success. 2/20/13

A boy requested this at PJ. 2/24/14

Used for Bathtime Lap Time 6/24/14 Chosen at PJ Story Time too.

Little boy and older girl wanted this at PJ Story time 2/23/15

Used to fill out a bath lap time. (1 girl proudly claimed she had it at home.)
Feb 02, 2009 Harper rated it it was amazing
So far, at almost age 2 and countless books later this is Harper's absolute favorite. In fact I am going to have someone get this for her birthday in a few weeks. She is very interactive with the book and even sticks her tongue out when the baby does. It is super cute. I actually enjoy it myself too because the book takes the reader through an entire day in a nice quick timeframe so neither the parent or the innatenntive child gets too restelss. I also like the story because you can tell it is ...more
La'bria Hannah
In this story, the text is of a rhyming and poetic nature that allows for some repetition and makes the story appropriate for even some of the lower levels of reading in elementary school. Written by Spike Lee and his wife, the speech in the story have a cultural appropriation and is very genuine. Being written by people of this cultural group, there are no negative stereotypes indicated in the story. The illustrations in this book are incredibly realistic, and I especially appreciate the ...more
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Shelton Jackson Lee, better known as Spike Lee, is an Emmy Award - winning, and Academy Award - nominated American film director, producer, writer, and actor noted for his films dealing with controversial social and political issues. He also teaches film at New York University and Columbia University. His production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983.
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