From a child's first uttered "Dada" to his or her first unsteady steps, nothing can adequately convey the joy and awe of watching the birth and growth of a new child. Now releasing as a board book filled with adorable illustrations and the refrain, "You are the one made just for me," Made for Me is a winning presentation of tender moments that tie a father and his new child together--forever.
The memorable new father in this endearing rhyming story may be brawny, but he melts at the sight of his baby boy: “Your mouth, your ears, and even your nose,/ your chubby cheeks and your wiggly toes,” he coos. In Italian artist De Lauretis’s grainy compositions, the father’s balloon-shaped bulk lies in comical contrast to the tininess of the infant (a ginger like his dad). The father bottle-feeds the boy, tickles his feet and tummy, and bathes him. As the boy gets a little older, the dad swaps out his baseball cap for a polka-dotted handkerchief: “A trip to the beach set the wheels in motion./ You built a sandcastle, took a dip in the ocean.” Bush’s easy-reading verse captures the wonder of becoming a parent and the joy to be found in the quiet moments of child care. Ages 1–3. (Mar.) -Publisher's Weekly
An engaging testament to the joys of new parenthood, the journey from the day baby arrives through the formative first year into toddlerhood is related in sweet rhymes with lots of love and emotion. In refreshing perspective, illustrations show the wee ginger-headed bundle interacting with a bearded, trucker-hat-and-plaid-shirt-wearing giant of a father who carefully prepares bottles, reads stories, and plays on the floor, clearly in awe of his beloved little one. Reviewed by Pallas Gates McCorquodale -Foreword Reviews
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Bush was able to realize another dream - bringing his love for jazz music to his hometown by reviving Ball & Chain, a historic live music venue on Calle Ocho in the heart of Little Havana. Following widespread global acclaim and success with Ball & Chain, Bush embarked on a new journey: fatherhood. The National Best Selling children's book Made For Me is the product of a lifetime desire to become an author combined with a devotion and love only a father could know. A devoted reader and writer, Zack's lifetime desire to become an author has found a refreshed source of inspiration as the father of two-year-old son Ace and baby daughter Ava.