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A super sweet book for baby shower or new parent, and baby will love seeing him/herself in the images, along with a waggly-tailed little puppy. I like the introduction of a bigger word, 'rigorous', offered in context for easy explanation. It's intended to be somewhat tongue-in-cheek, unless you've been a new parent, in which case you know how very rigorous these seemingly simple things become! Oh, and I'm basically obsessed with the adorable polka dot endpapers.
Hilarious book that chronicles the hard life of a baby. Cute, colorful illustrations accompany simple text. Probably a great book to read to a young child when their younger sibling is a baby, but I think it is mainly targeted for the parents of babies. :)
Cute book; funny now that my girl is 2,5 years old and I retrospectively acknowledge how true all that the book describes really is! Incidentally, my little ones loves it too. We read two books before bed almost every night (books she picks), and this one is invariable one of the the she selects.
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2016
This funny picture book about the life of a baby is just right for toddlers and slightly older siblings of new babies. The life of a baby is not easy at all. There’s a lot to fit into the day: eating, sleeping and pooping. If a day gets too hectic though, baby can always cut back on sleep to compensate, much to the chagrin of his parents. Then the routine can go back to normal, filled with eating, sleeping, pooping and plenty of love.
Penfold uses plenty of puns and word play in this picture book that will invite laughter and nods from families dealing with a new baby. The text here is very simple, just enough to keep the humor of the situation at the forefront and allow new siblings to understand that this is what all babies do, all day long. There is a strong focus too on love and support and by the end of the book, the tiny baby has grown into a toddler themselves though their routine hasn’t changed much yet.
Massey’s illustrations underscore the importance of a loving family as the backdrop to the infant’s story. She also includes a dog in the family, one who is displaced by the baby and has to learn to cope with the new focus on the baby. The illustrations are bright and friendly with a doting extended family who all participate in baby care.
A warm and funny look at new infants, this book will be welcomed by families who have their own eating, sleeping, pooping machine. Appropriate for ages 1-3.
Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2017
Sweet book on baby's first year. Good for new parents or parents to be and one for them to read every night to remember no matter how trying at times it can have a newborn there's lots of love along the way.
Short, lovingly illustrated and absolutely dead on for parents and siblings of new babies. Having enjoyed watching my granddaughter from birth to age three, I know she'll laugh as I read this to her. It's a great book for libraries who care about offering fun books to help toddlers accept a new sibling as well as for family read togethers.