“We will have adventures, just the two of us.”
Some kids might see the intrusion of a new siblings as a burden, but not this effervescent older brother. From the get-go he embraces his little brother, promising “I have lots to show you….” Together (always together) he and the new baby will explore trains, planes, dinosaurs, and have adventures galore. They may not be able to do everything together, but at least the new baby will have someone on his side. There’s always room for gentle books for older kids about their new younger sibs. Penfold stresses above all the notion that even though a baby isn’t much for company, you can still be friends. The book is also rife with suggestive sentences such as “I will share my best toys,” which is followed immediately by “and my mama and my dada, too.” Kaban’s art, which renders the entire family as light-skinned, offers lively, loving depictions and clever visual counterpoints and narratives, as when the older brother modifies a game from ninjas to peekaboo to better please the baby. The moral at the end is clear: you may not be able to do everything with your little brother, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be pals.
Equal parts reassurance and road map, done with skill and charm. (Picture book. 3-6)