BEST KIND OF BABY by Kate Laing

BEST KIND OF BABY

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Age Range: 4 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

A child struggles to assimilate the idea that Mom’s going to have a baby in this low-key children’s debut. After being gently corrected each time she tells a friend that her mother’s going to have a baby mouse, puppy, monkey, or dolphin, Sophie eventually discovers that her new little brother is better than any of these—though he does indeed drool like a puppy, spit like a dolphin, wave his arms like a monkey, and squeak when he’s hungry. Alley takes to heart the almost imperceptible hint that Sophie isn’t just joking; in his soft textured watercolors (some of which are decorated with scribbly drawings by his son), her face reflects quiet but genuine upset. The passage of time is subtly suggested too, as Sophie goes from restaurant to nursery school, from backyard pool to autumn playground while seasons change around her. A comforting, good-humored alternative to the likes of Martha Alexander’s angry When the New Baby Comes, I’m Moving Out (1979). (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-8037-2662-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2003




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