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How to Be a Baby: By Me, the Big Sisterby Sally Lloyd Jones
Synopses & Reviews
The New York Times praised this best-selling picture book as "adorable, original, well-illustrated and fabulous." In this first book in the How-To Series (which includes How To Get Married and How to Get a Job), the know-it-all big sister narrator tells it like it is: When you're a baby you don't read books. You eat them. You don't know how old you are, or even if you're a boy or a girl. And you have to keep a special plug in your mouth to stop your scream from coming out. But one day, you won't be little anymore, and then you'll be taller and smarter, and actually quite clever. Like the narrator. And you'll be able to share memories of what it was like when you were little with your incredible Big Sister.
"All the things that a baby needs to know — and more importantly, all the things that a big sister does know — are covered in this re-teaming of Lloyd-Jones and Heap (previously paired for Handbag Friends). Many of the observations take the form of handwritten lists, such as the one titled, 'Here's what else you don't know,' which includes entries such as 'Any secrets/ Any jokes/ How to make a snowman/ Anything.' But while these authentically snarky remarks effectively underscore the narrator's fragile sense of importance and maturity, the winsome, girly-hued watercolor-and-ink illustrations make clear that home is still a happy, secure place for everyone. And sure enough, the emotional tone of the book turns warmer midway through the book, as the bond between the newly minted siblings deepens. Readers see the girl comforting the baby in the middle of the night ('Don't worry, Baby Dumpling, it's just a scary dream') and simply savoring her cuteness (Heap shows the baby dressed in several undeniably adorable Halloween costumes). The final pages jump ahead a few years and find both children so close that they can share nostalgia for 'the olden days when you were a baby' — a suitably sweet ending for this tribute to the way love grows. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
An all-knowing big sister offers her baby sibling this hilarious guide on to how to behave, from keeping a special plug in his mouth to stop a scream from coming out to learning that one day he'll be taller and smarter than he is now. Full color.An all-knowing big sister offers her baby sibling this hilarious guide on to how to behave, from keeping a special plug in his mouth to stop a scream from coming out to learning that one day he'll be taller and smarter than he is now. Full color.
About the Author
Sally Lloyd-Jones is the author of the recently published Handbag Friends (also illustrated by Sue Heap). She worked in children's publishing for several years, leaving in 2000 to write full-time. She lives in New York, New York. Sue Heap is the illustrator of Handbag Friends (written by Sally Lloyd-Jones). She has illustrated several other picture books, and is the author-illustrator of Cowboy Baby, which won the Smarties Gold Award in the picture book category. She lives in England.
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