Ready, Set . . . Baby!

By: Elizabeth Rusch

Illustrator: Qin Leng

Big kids Anna and Oliver give young readers the inside scoop on what to expect when a new baby is expected. Further resources. "Tips for parents on life with big kids and new babies." Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9780544472723

JLG Release: May 2017


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Newborn infants , Brothers and sisters , Families , Pregnancy , Babies , Family life , Advice , Older siblings

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

Anna and Oliver take readers on a whirlwind tour of life with a brand-new baby in the house. With a conversational style, the siblings address readers directly, offering information and advice based on their own experiences: “Lots of people are probably telling you what to expect, but kids in the know can give you the real deal.” Anna, Anna and Oliver take readers on a whirlwind tour of life with a brand-new baby in the house. With a conversational style, the siblings address readers directly, offering information and advice based on their own experiences: “Lots of people are probably telling you what to expect, but kids in the know can give you the real deal.” Anna, the older of the pair, imparts simple facts such as, “Moms have a special compartment inside for growing babies.” Oliver, the younger sibling, expresses common emotions including wonder and boredom. While waiting for the baby to arrive, he thinks, “This is worse than waiting for pizza to be delivered.” The big brother and sister present useful guidance on everything from how to hold a newborn (sit down, cradle its head, speak softly) to diaper changes (it’s not that bad) to accepting that infants are not yet equipped to play (“playing with a new baby is like playing with a loaf of bread.”). The content centers on what happens after the baby comes home; the author doesn’t discuss how the baby gets into Mom’s “special compartment.” Leng’s vignette-style cartoons add humor and capture the family’s wide range of facial expressions, body language, and feelings—from anxious anticipation to quiet surprise. Speech bubbles break up the text and highlight some of the siblings’ more personal reactions (“WHAT IS THAT?” Oliver asks while pointing to the baby’s “little black stump” of an umbilical cord). Back matter steers interested children and caregivers to additional material, including websites and books such as Robie H. Harris’s What’s in There: All About Before You Were Born. There are even tips for parents on how to help a child adjust to a new sibling. VERDICT Lighthearted and funny, this is an ideal book to share with soon-to-be big brothers and sisters.—Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal

Horn Book

Expecting a new baby in the family? Then take note: “Lots of people are probably telling you what to expect, but kids in the know can give you the real deal.” So reads an introductory note from siblings Anna and Oliver, our young tour guides through expecting and then living with a new baby. Anna and Oliver, who appear to be about eight Expecting a new baby in the family? Then take note: “Lots of people are probably telling you what to expect, but kids in the know can give you the real deal.” So reads an introductory note from siblings Anna and Oliver, our young tour guides through expecting and then living with a new baby. Anna and Oliver, who appear to be about eight and six, don’t sound especially childlike, but if they did, they might not be such effective dispensers of sound advice. Short chapters, featuring homey cartoonish illustrations with lots of dialogue balloon asides, include “Meet the Conehead,” “The Real Scoop on Baby Poop” (“We were NOT prepared for how many times a day our baby would need a diaper change”), and “Playing— Not!” which makes short work of the notion that babies can be satisfying playmates from day one. The book is just right for those not yet ready for Robie H. Harris’s It’s So Amazing! (rev. 1/00) and that ilk, but it’s really a twofer. It not only sets the scene for kids expecting a new sibling but also clues in grownups: the back matter includes “Tips for Parents on Life with Big Kids and New Babies” because, as Oliver explains to readers, “we thought your parents might need some advice about the best way to handle all this stuff too.” A bibliography of books and websites is also appended. nell beram

Book Details

ISBN

9780544472723

First Release

May 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.9; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 2.2; Points: 2;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Newborn infants, Brothers and sisters, Families, Pregnancy, Babies, Family life, Advice, Older siblings,

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