There's going to be a baby / John Burningham ; [illustrations by] Helen Oxenbury.
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- ISBN: 9780763649074 (hc)
- ISBN: 0763649074 (hc)
- ISBN: 9780744549966
- ISBN: 0744549965
- Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
A young boy imagines what life will be like when his new sibling arrives.
|Subject:||Infants > Juvenile fiction.
Brothers and sisters > Juvenile fiction.
Imagination > Juvenile fiction.
Babies > Fiction.
Brothers and sisters > Fiction.
Imagination > Fiction.
|Alternate Title:|| There is going to be a baby
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2010 November #1
*Starred Review* Burningham and Oxenbury (did you know they're married?) are two of the finest picture-book writers around, so it's no surprise this collaboration delights on many levels. They take on a well-trod topic, the new sibling, but their spin is purely their own. It begins with these simple words set alone on a buff-colored page: "There's going to be a baby." The facing page shows a young mother leaning against her young son's bed, while he looks at her with curiosity. Painted in pure, saturated colors that fill the pages, this simple scene leads to more interchanges between mom and son, through the snow, at a restaurant, in a flower-filled garden. The questions are often simple: When is the baby going to come? What will we call the baby? But the mostly matter-of-fact answers lead to wild flights of fancy for the boy. He doesn't want a messy baby painting pictures. The next two-page spread (like all the imaginary scenes, in blocks on a dot-matrix background) will make readers laugh at the baby's wild spin at painting. Throughout, this is a mother-and-son-only family (though Grandfather shows up to take the boy to the hospital to see the newborn), and despite the range of today's families, children may have questions about Dad's whereabouts. Yet this is a gorgeous book, full of warmth, spirit, and imagination. Soon-to-be siblings will understand the boy's musings and feel comforted as he shapes his fantasies into the reality to come. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.
- Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2010 September #2
On the heels of the pairing of Mem Fox and Oxenbury in Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, here's another dream-come-true matchup: Oxenbury and her husband. A little boy has learned that a sibling is on the way; as the seasons change and the mother's tummy expands, she and the boy engage in a fanciful dialogue on the subject of "What will the baby do?" It's an approach that could easily turn twee, but Burningham (It's a Secret!) makes it feel like an authentic portrayal of both an expectant mother's reveries and a firstborn's vacillating emotions. When the mother suggests that the baby could work at the zoo, the boy mischievously suggests that a tiger might eat the new arrival. Wordless intervening spreads picture the baby trying out the various career paths discussed--in this case, washing and feeding various animals. The handsome, clear-lined images may seem retro at first, but the crispness acts as a containing presence for displacement fears and a source of narrative momentum--all the while allowing Oxenbury to exercise the full power of her visual magic. Ages 2âup. (Oct.)[Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC
- School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2010 October
PreS-Gr 2âA wonderful collaboration by the renowned husband-and-wife team. As the winter snows arrive, a mother tells her young son that a new baby is on the way. "'When is the baby going to come?' he asks. His mom answers 'The baby will arrive when it's ready, in the fall, when the leaves are turning brown and falling.'" The remaining panels portray the conversations they have over the next several months as they anticipate the birth. The boy's emotions run from some initial anxiety ("'It will make a mess everywhere'") to realizing that he will perhaps have a new playmate to wondering if a new baby is really necessary. The illustrations alternate between mother-and-son talks at the park, the bank, the zoo, etc., with the youngster's fanciful imaginings of the baby at work and play. The artwork, done in ink with digital colorization, is classic Oxenbury and has a slightly retro feel in layout and palette. It is both sweet and comical at the same time. Overall, this lovely, oversize volume belongs in every new-baby collection.âRoxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA[Page 81]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.