Thursday, April 7, 2016

Busy, Busy! by Eileen Spinelli & illustrated by Elina Ellis

About the book: A playful board book about expressing love, even when life is busy. Sometimes, when life gets hectic and schedules get crowded, children may feel a little lost in the shuffle. In this new board book, the animals are all quite occupied. Beaver is busy; squirrel is busy; frog is busy. Mole is digging, bear is fishing, and cat is pouncing. And like many parents, Mama is busy too. But she's not too busy for a hug! Children will love the busy animals and the warm conclusion. This lighthearted, lyrical book will gently reassure children that, in spite of how busy their families are, there is always time to share love. Ages 2 to 5.

My thoughts: The combination talents of Spinelli and Ellis has crafted a delightfully sweet and charming rhyming board book that goes through a whole gamut of critters and how are busy each of them is - even a tiny spider is busy weaving. Sized just right for the wee hands of little children and charmingly filled with characters busy being and doing what they each are prone to do, Busy, Busy! can easily become a favorite and one that is carried from place to place sweetly treasured by your little one.
Notice how in this picture kiddies can find very small details to match the rhyme - even down to the tiny spider weaving his web.

Cat is busy--yarn's a-tangle.
Cricket's busy in the weeds.
Spider's busy at her spinning.
Mouse is buy nibbling seeds.
At the end, the little ones are told that mommy, too, is busy, busy but she is NEVER too busy to cuddle YOU! Great lesson in the value a mother places on her child and values the child over her own work.

Guaranteed to be a warm, fuzzy, loving reading experience for mommy and her  little ones.

I have reviewed books by the author, Eileen Spinelli, and also books illustrated by Elina Ellis. Always a pleasure!
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Worthy Publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review.


  1. I really miss the picture book phase of life with my kids!!! This book looks really cute!

  2. Oh, I'd love to share this one with my boys. It looks adorable! Thanks so much for linking up this post at Booknificent Thursday on this week!


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