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Saxton Freymann had a great idea for a companion book to the zippy Dog Food. Everyone other than the Grinch loves to look at baby animals. And here Sax found a way to create a book of them without being kitschy! This fabulous new gift book also captures, once again, the universal child instinct to make playthings out of ordinary objects. Especially food! Here a petting zoo of baby animals make readers of all ages wish they had a little penguin made out of a Chinese eggplant and a baby hippo made out of a red pepper. The banana dog and garlic kitten are worth the price of admission, not to mention the turnip that becomes a baby duck and the cauliflower sheep!

Parents, babies, and new moms and pops will love to share these animal babies, and they make great winter holiday and Easter gifts for grown-ups too.

So open up and say “Awww!”

Now available as a board book! 


Reviews and Awards

Child Magazine “Best Children’s Book of 2003”
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Medal
Society of Illustrators Original Art Show

“From a wide-eyed piglet carved out of an orange to a whale calf fashioned from an eggplant, these baby animal portraits are both clever and cute.” - Publishers Weekly

“Freymann and Elffers return with more whimsical fruit and vegetable creatures… The books real fascination lies in the authors’ ability to carry off such transformations as a radish into a spiderling and an eggplant into a whale calf… It’s very funny.” - School Library Journal

“There’s no end in sight to the inspiration Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers… can find at a farmer’s market…. Fashioned from the plumpest of produce and given wide-eyed expressions with black-eyed peas and a few artful nicks of the knife, these freshly picked critters are as darling as they come.” - Booklist 


Purchase Options
Amazon • Barnes & Noble


Fall 2003
Picture Book
ISBN: 0-439-72417-1
Price: $16.99 US / $18.99 CAN
Trim Size: 10" x 10"
Page Count: 32
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes


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