THE BIG BABY by Anthony Browne

THE BIG BABY

A Little Joke
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Continuing his campaign against the posturings and insensitivities of the adult male, Browne (Piggybook, 1986) caricatures John Young's dad, who's ``young for his age''--as exhibited in his clothes, hair styles, ``toys,'' fondness for loud music, and self-preoccupation. When he pampers himself at the hint of a cold, Mum calls Dad ``a Big Baby''; and after he downs some ``elixa de yoof'' from a health food store, that's exactly what he becomes. His wife and son (who, curiously, is mentioned but never appears in the pictures) just laugh at the man-faced infant, who suffers his sudden inadequacies (including diapering) with his usual poor grace; but he's soon back to normal--with one gray hair but, true to form, without having learned a thing. The satirical portrait is merciless, but witty. As usual, Browne's fans will also enjoy discovering the sly surreal touches and artistic references in his exquisitely composed art. (Picture book. 4+)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-679-84737-5
Page count: 28pp
Publisher: Knopf
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1994




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