Told from an older sibling's point of view, this is the story of the effect a new baby has on a family - in this case a family of anthropomorphized zebras. It begins with Mum having a big tummy and then going off to the hospital with Dad, while Granny looks after Za-Za. When Mum comes home with the baby she's very tired. The baby gets all the ...Read MoreTold from an older sibling's point of view, this is the story of the effect a new baby has on a family - in this case a family of anthropomorphized zebras. It begins with Mum having a big tummy and then going off to the hospital with Dad, while Granny looks after Za-Za. When Mum comes home with the baby she's very tired. The baby gets all the attention of visitors and Mum and Dad too. They seem always to be busy with baby things and there's no time for stories or to go to the toyshop. Za-Za even has to wait until the baby's been fed before she gets her tea. Finally, she's had enough and demands a cuddle. "Why don't you cuddle the baby?" says Mum. And Za-Za does. She plays with him too and actually has a good time. Then, when the baby's gone to bed, Za-Za gets her cuddle and a bedtime story. Lucy Cousins has written and illustrated "Portly's Hat", which was runner-up for the 1988 MacMillan Prize and the 1989 Bologna Graphics Prize. She has also illustrated "Maisy Goes to Bed", "Maisy Goes Swimming", "Maisy Goes to the Playground", "Maisy Goes to Playschool", "Maisy's ABC", "Farm Animals", "Pet Animals", "Country Animals", "Garden Animals", "What Can Rabbit See?" , "What Can Rabbit Hear?", "Around the House", "Around the Garden", Around the Park", "Around the Farm" and "Noah's Ark".Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2003-04-07 A bevy of favorite picture books are now available in a board book edition. Maisy creator Lucy Cousins's childlike figures in thick black outline set against bold fields of color distinguish Za-Za's Baby Brother. A new baby in the family means that Mom and Dad have less time for young Za-Za the zebra in a simple story that delivers a useful message to preschoolers. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1995-07-17 Cousins's (Maisy Goes to School) childlike gouache figures and hand-lettered text set against bold fields of color give this oversized book a decidedly cheerful look. Za-Za, a young zebra, candidly narrates the story: "My mom is going to have a baby. She has a big fat tummy. There's not much room for a hug." A familiar scenario unfolds after Mom brings the newborn home from the hospital. Visitors arrive to coo at the baby, and Mom and Dad shower the interloper with attention, too. When Za-Za demands a hug "now!" Mom responds: "Why don't you hug the baby?" So the older sibling does just that-and, after spending some time playing with the little one, concludes, "He was nice. It was fun." Finally, Mom puts the baby to sleep, and Za-Za gets a hug and a story. If not the most clever or insightful book available on this well-worn subject, Cousins's simple story delivers a useful message to preschoolers in Za-Za's situation. Ages 2-up. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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