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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.

 

 

Rezension: Imagine if Eloise - the pint-size scourge of the Plaza - suddenly found
herself someone's big sister. She'd probably sound just like the nameless
narrator of "How To Be a Baby," a wonderfully silly litany of all the
things babies can and can't do - and, more important, can't play with,
beginning with "My bike. My Rollerblades. My Game Boy..." Still, even a
baby grows up - at which point, our narrator tells us, "I will still let
you hold my hand when you're afraid (Because you will still be a little bit
little)." With illustrations as cheerful and cheeky as the text, this is a
must-have for the new big sister in everyone's life. -- From NY Post, March 2007

*Starred Review* The child perspective is spot on; it is clear
that the baby is missing out on all the wonderful things in life that are
at the center of the six-year-old world. What is most successful about the
story is the original take on sibling relations; it doesn't overtly address
resentment or jealousy or adjustment issues (though this will be a great
salve for kids struggling with these issues), but humorously acknowledges
that babies and kids are different and can do different things...This is
perfect family fare and a welcome departure from storybooks that assume the
worst when a new life joins the family. -- From Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books, April 2007

*Starred Review* There are lots of books about kids and the babies
they must endure, teach, and love, but few get the interaction down as
perfectly as this marvelous melding of knowing observations and funny,
sunny, on-the-money art. The narrator, a little blonde girl, has a long
list of things that babies can't do. Go to school? No--stuck in a crib. Eat
normal food? No--yucky baby food. Thinking of things that are inappropriate
for babies reminds the girl of the many ways in which she's superior:
babies don't have any real friends, but she has lots. The tall format
offers plenty of room for the sweet, saucy, child-appealing watercolors,
some looking as though they were created by the child herself; certainly
the lines and squiggles on a few of the pages enhance that feel. Lists also
cleverly adorn many of the pages, with headings such as "Things Babies Do
That Are Illegal" (poop on the carpet). But in a heartwarming ending,
Sister lists things that are nice about being a baby (people don't tell you
to stop being a baby because you are one) and envisions the happy day when
her brother gets big enough to follow her around, learn from her, and play
with her friends (sometimes). With lots to look at, think about, and giggle
at, this book will get many readings. Ilene Cooper
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved -- From Booklist

Kindergarten-Grade 3--"When you're a baby, you are in a crib and
not in school," according to a worldly wise big sister, who reads from a
book she has written for her new sibling. She itemizes a long list of
things that babies cannot do, including play with her toys, sit in a car
"like a normal person," or "have ANY pillows on your bed." Although she
tends to focus on the negatives, in the end the unnamed protagonist admits
that babies have some uses. She tells her brother that babies are "good at
hugging" and "people smile at you because you're so small." She also
describes what life will be like when he gets bigger, looking forward to
the day when they will "laugh and point at pictures of you in the olden
days when you were a baby." The comical cartoons subtly convey the love
that the rosy-cheeked girl feels for her round, placid sibling despite his
limited abilities. The text and illustrations are scattered across each
page in varying patterns. Heap uses acrylic paint, crayon, and felt-tip pen
in a pleasing palette of pinks, blues, and yellows to enhance the story
with childlike charm. This amusing title could be paired with Amy
Schwartz's humorous Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner (Scholastic, 1991). For
a more poignant look at sibling relationships, young readers might prefer
Shirley Hughes's Annie Rose Is My Little Sister (Candlewick, 2003).--Linda
L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All
rights reserved. -- From School Library Journal

This book is adorable, original, well-illustrated and
fabulous.


Between the title, which perfectly sums up the tone and content of the
book, and the foregoing sentence, there's really nothing else you need to
know. If I were you, I'd jot down the title so you can check it out later,
skip the rest of this review and get on with the book section and/or your
day.


If, however, you insist on reading on -- which I assure you will involve
more or less a reiteration of the above but with a few additional 25-cent
adjectives -- then here you go.


Sally Lloyd-Jones and Sue Heap created this book in such a way that it
feels as though the concept, story and approach were all ripe and whole
somewhere in idea space, just waiting to be plucked, and they were the ones
who grabbed it.


The story begins with the infinitely wise guru of an older sister
announcing, "When you're a baby, you are in a crib and not in school." This
wonderfully abrupt and confident opening sets the stage perfectly: big
sister knows everything in the universe, big sister is doing new baby/us an
incredible favor by imparting all this wisdom, and new baby is (at least
for now) not so much a person as he is an audience.


The how-to manual covers a wide range of topics including "real clothes"
versus pajamas, reading, food, fears, baths, manners, friends and sleep, to
name a few. Talking: "You talk, but no one knows what you're saying,
because you just make it all up." Singing: "You don't know the words. Or
the tune. (I know the words and the tune AND THE DANCE.)" Car seats: "You
don't even face the right way. (I prefer to sit in a seat like a normal
person.)"


There are supplementary "what else" lists throughout the book, like "Here's
What Else You Can't Do" and "Here's What Toys You Don't Have and You're Not
Allowed to Play With." One of the last such lists -- "Here's What Else
Babies Are Good At -- cues the book's emotional shift, and the final eight
pages celebrate siblinghood while still keeping it real (i.e., maybe you're
not so bad after all, and I wish you well as long as you don't surpass
me).


Sue Heap's illustrations complement the text in just the right way, and I
can't imagine it looking any other way.


In other words, this book is adorable, original, well-illustrated and
fabulous. --Amy Krouse Rosenthal -- From THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 2007

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