Kid Lit Review of Rock-A-Bye Romp by Linda Ashman

Having suffered through many an insipid book for very young babies, I was so pleased to find this creative and humorous update to the lullaby “Rock-a-Bye Baby.”


The story starts like the conventional lullaby, with the baby in a cradle in a treetop, but quickly gets much more interesting. The baby, blown from the cradle by the wind, drops into a nest. It is nudged from the nest by a bird, and falls onto the back of a pig, which takes the baby for a ride. The baby is thrown, and rolls into a warm soft sheep. The adventures of the baby continue all through a farm. Then we follow the baby as it crawls into a boat that starts to float. The moon sees what is happening, and calls on a hawk to bring the baby home, into his mother’s arms.

The story is enhanced significantly by the mixed-media art of award-winning Simona Mulazzani. She adds many whimsical details that parents can point out to babies, including trees with faces and a sheep with a fleece full of flowers.

Evaluation: This book will almost make you want to have a baby, so you have an audience for this delightful story!

Rating: 4/5

Published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016

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4 Responses to Kid Lit Review of Rock-A-Bye Romp by Linda Ashman

  1. Beth F says:

    Awwww, sounds like a really sweet book.

  2. That looks beautiful! I’ll pass on having the baby and just share it with friends’ babies.

  3. Rachel says:

    This sounds much better than the original song where the baby just plummets to the ground after the bough breaks!

  4. stacybuckeye says:

    ‘will almost make you want to have a baby’? I think not!

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