Review: #BabyLove: My Social Life by Corine Dehghanpisheh

Title: #BabyLove: My Social Life
Author: Corine Dehghanpisheh
Publication Date: June 22nd, 2016
Publisher: My Art to Inspire
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Pages: 36
ISBN: 9780985193058
Source: ARC from Publisher

Synopsis (from Publisher):
"Click." "Tap." Tag and Post. An adored baby tells a modern tale about life in today's digital world. #BabyLove: My Social Life highlights the social phenomena of sharing daily activities using technology and social networks.

Corine Dehghanpisheh is a children’s book author and illustrator. Her inspirations for writing and illustrating come from everyday life.

She was a Mom's Choice Awards® Silver Recipient and a Next Generation Indie Author Finalist for her debut children's book Can We Play Again?, which was published in March 2012. Her inspiration for this book came from her work as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NYC.

Corine published her second children’s book, Buddy’s Dream, in November 2013, and her third children's book, #BabyLove: My Social Life, in July 2015.

When Corine is not busy being creative, she is most likely having fun taking pictures of her family. Corine lives in Manhattan, NY with her husband and new baby. 

In this time-relevant children's book, Corine Dehghanpisheh unveils the infant's perspective in a digital world where phones are constantly out snapping photos and taking videos to capture memories and share them on social media. 

Although the theme of #BabyLove is pretty obvious, Dehghanpisheh keeps a fairly neutral platform through out the book. Her message is tastefully executed in a way that opens the reader's eyes to the extremity of social media and families, but also how it's an outlet to share with friends and families. I didn't get the impression that she was leaning in only one direction, but more-so was being informative within the broad spectrum.

I love the format of the book. The illustrations are simplistic and consistent. Almost to a point where you could discuss shapes with your child as a side activity while reading this book. She also integrated social media symbols and interactions such as different ways to "like" a video on Facebook, hashtags, comments, and statuses. At first, I didn't understand these symbols as they were underneath the image of the page, but after a couple pages of seeing it, I understood. How clever! 

I thought this was a well-written and highly relevant book that our culture can relate to. It documents the different emotions and activities often captured through a baby's day. It helps the reader keep in mind that although social media can be a great way to connect our friends and loved ones, it is good to keep in mind not to overdo it and miss out on extra cuddles!

As I live 3 states away from my nieces and nephews, it is the social media interaction I get with them that definitely makes me feel more connected. I know my siblings spend plenty of time loving on them, it's just ensuring that balance is present, and I believe that's the message Dehghanpisheh was trying to communicate.

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