Synopses & Reviews
Nicholas looks up to his big brother, James. James does all kinds of things that only older brothers can doand#8212;like write his name, read books, cross the street, and ride the school bus. But thereand#8217;s one thing James doesnand#8217;t do: take a nap. Because big brothers donand#8217;t take naps. James assures Nicholas that someday heand#8217;ll be able to do all the things James does. And when the brothers begin to share a very special secret, it looks like that special day may be approaching very soonand#8230;.
"Young Nick adores his big brother and what's not to like? When it comes to older siblings, James is a Platonic ideal: confident, competent (he can dial his grandparents' phone number all by himself), infinitely patient, and inclusive. He mentors Nick (teaching him to count backward so they can pretend they're rocket ships), reads to him, shows him animal pictures online, and, as Borden (The Lost-and-Found Tooth) writes, James 'always stops and waits for me to catch up. Every time.' But most important, James helps Nick come to terms with a big and fast approaching 'surprise' the arrival of a baby sister by telling him that he'll be joining the brotherhood of big brothers, whose member privileges include not taking naps. Dodd (I Don't Want a Cool Cat!) excels at articulating a preschooler's point of view her bold black outlines, bright preschool palette, and roundheaded characters are the essence of eager earnestness and unalloyed love. If older brother James is perhaps too understanding, the story remains a tender portrait of sibling affection. Ages 3 7. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In BIG BROTHERS DON'T TAKE NAPS, Nicholas learns all about being a big brother, and just in time to become one!
Little brother Nick lists all the wonderful things his big brother does with him, preparing him to greet the new baby in the family.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Emma Doddandlt;/bandgt;'s art style and vivid colors have been called and#8220;just right for preschool audiencesand#8221; by andlt;iandgt;Kirkus Reviewsandlt;/iandgt; and she is the award-winnning creator of such children's books as andlt;iandgt;What Pet to Get?andlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;I Don't Want a Posh Dogandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;I Don't Want a Cool Catandlt;/iandgt;. She makes her home in Surry, England.