The first end papers fill readers with both curiosity and amusement. Here are babies in all sorts of situations – giggling, bawling, sitting inside a cardboard box, throwing food high in the air, reading a book solo… be it upside down!… and savouring the joy of at last standing upright. Then begins a year in six different families, each with a newborn babe, or two. Every page is packed with happenings, all small activities, but each building into a babe learning to roll over, to sit unaided, then to crawl, and ‘Beware, beware, there are babies everywhere!’ With different ethnic families to identify, and parents celebrating each new achievement, every spread is packed with happenings. ‘Babies start as sleepy, cuddly bundles and soon they are walking, talking little people.’ What joy is portrayed here, from Hoffman’s direct and sensitive text to the delightful pictures throughout by Ros Asquith. Both author and illustrator have banks of highly acclaimed work in the world of children’s books, and this new publication will be welcomed in families, nurseries and libraries everywhere.