I get a fair number of requests for reviews of all sorts of things, but my favorite are home decor supplies, autism equipment/toys, and books. I love reading! My favorite books are mystery (mainly Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s Poirot) and Jane Austen novels. But, in this season of life with a 3-year-old boy, a good children’s book is a great find. I was contacted by a company that represents Corine Dehghanpisheh, the author of the book, #Babylove: My Social Life”, to see if I was interested in reading and reviewing her book. Having a small child, I quickly said “yes”. I received the book in the mail quickly after I responded and grabbed my little man to read it to him. I couldn’t help but giggle at each page. I saw myself, and almost all of my friends, in every page.
Each page was full of ways we capture life on the digital and social media mediums. Many pages had a #hashtag at the bottom which made me literally #LOL ( 😉 ). I knew I thought it was funny, and I witnessed my eight year old, giggling at some of the pages, but what I didn’t expect to see was Taylor staring at the pages as I rounded the
corner to his room. He was just turning the pages, back and forth. He loves to watch one page turn to another and just stares at it with uninterrupted interest. Then in 12-year-old fashion, the minute he sees me he tries to act all cool again, ha ha.
I loved the illustrations, which are by Corine herself. When I am at the library with my kids, there are so many books to choose from and so little time. So when I pick a book it is usually based on the subject matter and the, for lack of a better word, ‘chi’ of the illustrations. I love fine arts and the right illustrations are so essential for a good children’s book. Something about the color and simplicity, while conveying good facial expressions, really made them ‘pop’ to me. The cute dog was a bonus 😉 .
I was given permission to show a few pages so enjoy as you read this correspondence from Corine responding to my question of her inspiration for #BabyLove:
The inspiration for my book came from my own experiences of being a mom to a newborn daughter. As a new mom, I wanted everyone to meet her especially close friends and family. However, we lived away from them.
Social media was the easiest way for us to introduce our daughter to those far away. We also utilized Facetime and other private messaging means to really keep those closest to us informed of her development.
The book is a humorous look at an exaggerated day in the life of a baby who was bombarded with photos and videos all day long. Often times while taking pictures of my own daughter I wondered “What does she think of this device? Does she realize it is there? I hope she knows that I am taking the pictures for memories and to share with her loved ones.”
All of my thoughts and experiences led me to the overall message of the book-– Which is at the end of the day, these proud parents love their baby very, very much. They take photos and videos as a way to share and preserve special memories.
Corine has other published books that you can find on her wesite, https://corine-dehghanpisheh-23id.squarespace.com, as well as on amazon (Baby Love: My Social Life). I hear she has new editions in the making so check out her site for more details.
Thank you so much, Corine, for the book and the opportunity to read #BabyLove to my children. We all loved it, but I think I had more fun reading it to them 😉 .
As always, positive comments are welcome. Negative hurtful comments will be trashed before I can even finish reading them. I have many readers who are emotionally vulnerable, and I will not post comments that will further harm.
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