A new baby sister hands the Boss Baby a demotion.
Although this title introduces a new eponymous infant CEO, it, like its predecessor (2010), remains focused on Boss Baby himself. Frazee’s text employs a tongue-in-cheek corporatese, which is matched by the Mad Men–esque modern aesthetic of the pencil-and-gouache illustrations. Combined, words and pictures first convey that the Boss Baby’s diaper is in a twist over his black-pantsuit–and-pearls–clad baby sister’s arrival. “The staff” (their parents) “was strangely delighted” reads the droll text, and her many “perks” compound his misery. Accompanying illustrations show the white baby girl soaking up her parents’ adoration while enjoying “the organic catering service” (nursing), “aromatherapy” (diapering), and so on. After the ousted boss acts out and then retreats to sulk, it’s the Bossier Baby who literally reaches out to her big brother. After all, “she wasn’t CEO for nothing!” An excellent wordless spread shows her reaching up to a shocked Boss Baby, who scoops her up into his arms on the facing page. This snuggle gives way to a scene of domestic bliss with the siblings reading together on the next spread as “the staff” gazes at them adoringly. In a trademark Frazee final page turn, a satisfying conclusion rooted in reality shows that it’s not all bliss in the baby boardroom.
Someone give Frazee a raise. (Picture book. 3-6)