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Bartleby Huddle is a sweet, happy child. He gurgles and coos, giggles and laughs, but he hasn’t said a single word—not baby, not peekaboo, not even MINE! The rest of the noisy Huddles— Mama, Papa, and big sister Isadora—outdo themselves trying to make Bartleby say . . . something! It’s only wise Grampy Huddle who understands that Bartleby will speak in his own good time. A ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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There is only one thing wrong with the sweet and curious Bartleby....he doesn't speak! He is nearing his third birthday and he still hasn't uttered one word. His musically talented family is worried about him, and they try all kinds of things to get him to speak. His mom belts out singing in her opera voice; his father plays his cello, and his sister tap dances for him. What are they to do when none of these things work? Come to find out, Grandpa Bartleby knows the magic secret....a secret we ca ...more
Nov 18, 2009 Erin Sterling rated it liked it
Bartleby is a happy baby who coos, burps, and makes rude, poppy noises, but he doesn’t speak! His mom tries to get him to speak by singing opera to him. His dad tries to get him to speak by playing the cello. His sister tries to get him to speak by tap-dancing. Nothing works and yet Bartleby gets older and older. Will anything work? The facial expressions and the characters are delightful, capturing a quirky, theatrical, fun-loving bunch that are working their hardest for the youngest member of ...more
This is a sweet picture book about a 3 year-old boy who doesn't yet speak. His family tries all sorts of things to get a noise out of him, to no avail. Hawkes' illustrations are great, and the text is serviceable. Families who truly do have disabled children may find this book flippant, but for a story in and of itself, it is fine.
This moral of this story is that we need to listen. Illustrations are vibrant and demonstrate the loudness of the Huddle household, adding to the energy of the story. Bartleby's family's efforts to get him to speak are drawn out longer than necessary, but the family obviously loves Bartleby and are concerned about him. Overall, the story works.