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On Baba's Back

by (author) Marianne Dubuc

Chronicle Books
Initial publish date
Jan 2022
Recommended Age
1 to 4
Recommended Grade
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Jan 2022
    List Price

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Baby koala Koko takes his first step toward independence in this endearing board book made for reading together.

Koko and Baba are a very close koala family, so close that Koko does everything on Baba's back—eats, plays, you name it! Until one day, when Koko wants to do something different, and he takes his first step off Baba's back to go explore. Families will love snuggling up together to read this sweet tale of togetherness, just like Koko and Baba as they curl up at the end of the night to celebrate Koko's big day.

About the author

Marianne Dubuc studied visual arts and graphic design before beginning her career as an award-winning author and illustrator. In Front of My House, originally published in French as Devant ma maison , is her first book to be published in English. Marianne lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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Editorial Reviews

STARRED REVIEW "Dubuc keeps this warmhearted story simple and focused: Koko is a young koala who does everything on Baba’s back, as baby koalas do, while Baba comically withstands myriad caretaking indignities....A subtly slapstick board book for the very smallest readers, and a good beginning reader, too."
- Publishers Weekly,

"Koalas Koko and Baba are always together until one day Koko ventures off alone….Caregivers will smile at all of Koko’s childlike characteristics, from the “play” that results in a ball bouncing off Baba’s head to Koko’s repeatedly nagging “There!” at the sight of the butterflies. The repetitive nature of the sentence structure makes it a perfect fit for lap reading with an infant or toddler....This sweet board book is sure to provide readers and little listeners with two separate yet connected takeaways....Charming illustrations with a simple story that resonates."
- Kirkus Reviews (STARRED REVIEW),

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