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Ma! There's Nothing to Do Here!: A Word from Your Baby-In-Waiting

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Publisher Comments:

“Ma! theres nothing to do here!” complains the precocious protagonist of this rhyming tale set entirely in utero. Its not exactly a scintillating experience spending nine months in your mothers womb. Youre just stuck there at the end of that dumb bungee cord (a.k.a. the umbilical cord), with nothing whatsoever to do but slosh around. But, oh, the endless joys you have to look forward to as you listen to the tick-tock of mas happy heart clock and await that happy day when you finally come out to play.

Review:

"Dear Ma,' says this story's prenatal narrator, 'What's a baby to do in a womb with no view?' Park (the Junie B. Jones books) proceeds to catalogue in rhyme all the things lacking in his or her current environment ('No puppies. No toys./ ...Not a sandbox or swings.../ Or those monkey bar things'), and throws in a last-minute to-do list ('You're set for me, right? You've got a night-light?'). Garofoli (Sophie's Trophy), working in much the same vein as Laura Cornell, contributes lots of sweetly silly, nursery-hued illustrations, wildly exaggerating her subject's oversize head while being slightly more discreet about the mother's oversize tummy (although the crowded in-utero portraits may remind some adults of the famous stateroom scene from A Night at the Opera). Strategic poses obscure the baby's sex, in keeping with Park's gender-neutral writing. But while there are many individually clever lines and pictures, the list-dependent premise here precludes the development of a full-fledged story. Accordingly, this book might be a better choice for expectant parents than expectant siblings, or for kids old enough to enjoy a fetal fantasy onto which they can project themselves. Ages 2-5." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Barbara Park‘s Junie B. Jones books are consistently on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. She wrote Ma! Theres Nothin to Do Here! as a gift to her daughter-in-law for her baby shower.

Viviana Garofoli has illustrated over 20 childrens books and contributed many editorial and textbook illustrations in Argentina and Puerto Rico.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375838521
Author:
Park, Barbara
Publisher:
Random House Books for Young Readers
Illustrator:
Garofoli, Viviana
Author:
Illustrated by Viviana Garofoli
Author:
Garofoli, Viviana
Subject:
Family - New Baby
Subject:
Babies
Subject:
Stories in rhyme
Subject:
Infants
Subject:
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Picture book
Series:
Picture Book
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 2
Language:
English
Illustrations:
FULL COLOR
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
10.09x9.78x.42 in. .87 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
02-05

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Product details 40 pages Random House Books for Young Readers - English 9780375838521 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Dear Ma,' says this story's prenatal narrator, 'What's a baby to do in a womb with no view?' Park (the Junie B. Jones books) proceeds to catalogue in rhyme all the things lacking in his or her current environment ('No puppies. No toys./ ...Not a sandbox or swings.../ Or those monkey bar things'), and throws in a last-minute to-do list ('You're set for me, right? You've got a night-light?'). Garofoli (Sophie's Trophy), working in much the same vein as Laura Cornell, contributes lots of sweetly silly, nursery-hued illustrations, wildly exaggerating her subject's oversize head while being slightly more discreet about the mother's oversize tummy (although the crowded in-utero portraits may remind some adults of the famous stateroom scene from A Night at the Opera). Strategic poses obscure the baby's sex, in keeping with Park's gender-neutral writing. But while there are many individually clever lines and pictures, the list-dependent premise here precludes the development of a full-fledged story. Accordingly, this book might be a better choice for expectant parents than expectant siblings, or for kids old enough to enjoy a fetal fantasy onto which they can project themselves. Ages 2-5." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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