The "New York Times" praised this best-selling picture book as "adorable, original, well-illustrated and fabulous." In this first book in the How-To Series (which includes "How To Get Married" and "How to Get a Job"), the know-it-all big sister narrator tells it like it is: When you're a baby you don't read books. You eat them. You don't know how ...
The "New York Times" praised this best-selling picture book as "adorable, original, well-illustrated and fabulous." In this first book in the How-To Series (which includes "How To Get Married" and "How to Get a Job"), the know-it-all big sister narrator tells it like it is: When you're a baby you don't read books. You eat them. You don't know how old you are, or even if you're a boy or a girl. And you have to keep a special plug in your mouth to stop your scream from coming out. But one day, you won't be little anymore, and then you'll be taller and smarter, and actually quite clever. Like the narrator. And you'll be able to share memories of what it was like when you were little with your incredible Big Sister.
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With a baby sibling on the way in our lives, this book proved to be a favorite with my 41/2 yr old stepdaughter. It reinforced her older sister strengths and abilities, while maintaining a loving and caring attitude towards a new baby in the house. Great pictures too!
Publishers Weekly, 2007-01-22 All the things that a baby needs to know-and more importantly, all the things that a big sister does know-are covered in this re-teaming of Lloyd-Jones and Heap (previously paired for Handbag Friends). Many of the observations take the form of handwritten lists, such as the one titled, "Here's what else you don't know," which includes entries such as "Any secrets/ Any jokes/ How to make a snowman/ Anything." But while these authentically snarky remarks effectively underscore the narrator's fragile sense of importance and maturity, the winsome, girly-hued watercolor-and-ink illustrations make clear that home is still a happy, secure place for everyone. And sure enough, the emotional tone of the book turns warmer midway through the book, as the bond between the newly minted siblings deepens. Readers see the girl comforting the baby in the middle of the night ("Don't worry, Baby Dumpling, it's just a scary dream") and simply savoring her cuteness (Heap shows the baby dressed in several undeniably adorable Halloween costumes). The final pages jump ahead a few years and find both children so close that they can share nostalgia for "the olden days when you were a baby"-a suitably sweet ending for this tribute to the way love grows. Ages 4-8. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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