THE BOSS BABY by Marla  Frazee
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Age Range: 4 - 8
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Sporting a black business-suit onesie, this baby looks and acts more like a balding CEO than an infant. He keeps his parents hard at work, calling endless meetings, demanding increases in output and scowling as his employees buckle under pressure. Nostalgic pencil-and-watercolor drawings recall mid-20th-century furnishings, clothes and hairstyles. This retro aesthetic serves as a perfect office space for the boss baby, who enjoys the perks of an old-school exec: a big desk (exersaucer), lounge (lambskin rug), spa (sink tubby), endless drinks (bottles) and a private jet (airplane swing). The parents’ weak, watery eyes communicate a bottomless desire to please their tiny tyrant, who grimaces, growls and cocks his brow in dissatisfaction. Young readers will cackle at Frazee’s reversal of power. Just when the boss baby borders on brutal, though, he employs new tactics to motivate the staff: “Ma-ma? Da-da?” The ecstatic parents jump with glee, ready for the next challenge. This wry picture book will appeal to parents, of course, but also to siblings who see a new baby demand so much of mom and dad’s time and energy. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 31st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4424-0167-9
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2010


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