With Sarah Weeks. Great author, great book. Andrea Welch; editor, Lauren Rille; art director. Beach Lane Books (Simon& Shuster) 2009.
three starred reviews! Here's a couple:
Starred review from Kirkus:
Straight shooter Sophie Peterman gives readers the lowdown on babies: They are your “worst nightmare.” With a cocked eyebrow and a clear, authoritative voice she lists reasons why you can’t trust a baby. They leak, they smell, they swallow (and eventually return!) your favorite marble, they rummage in your drawers and they devour your hidden Halloween candy. While not the first book about a disgruntled older child and the arrival of a cooing, burping bundle, this effort finds success through Sophie’s fresh voice. Never whiny or petulant, she deftly delivers deadpan observations that evoke smiles. Neubecker’s vivid artwork pops as he uses his bright palette and unique perspectives to create facial expressions that perfectly capture Sophie’s annoyance, her mother’s frustration and the baby’s clear-eyed joy. Oversize, all-caps, hand-lettered portions of narration add emphasis and allow Sophie’s voice and the artwork to seamlessly merge. When Sophie finally warns that you can go from hating baby to liking baby, she offers truly touching anecdotes that make her transition believable: Upon hearing a tiny voice call out, “Soapy!” to her, she just melted. Readers will too.
(Picture book. 4-8)
Beware of a little girl with opinions. Hands on hips, a demented gleam in her eye and the (apparent) ability to change the very font on the page by virtue of her forceful voice -- this is Sophie Peterman, here to tell the world that "Babies are not sweet. Babies are not precious. Babies are not cute. Babies are . . . YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE!" She should know. Her parents brought one home from the hospital, and life has not been the same since. Picture a bemused mail carrier listening to Sophie's sales pitch beside a baby in a box marked "For Sale." Or how about a baby-cum-pirate digging for treasure in a drawer full of underwear? Or the truly horrible moment when a baby learns to walk? "That's when they become MONSTERS!" Scariest of all, however, is when a baby "starts smiling and clapping his pudgy little hands whenever he sees you." That's when you have to "WATCH OUT. You might actually start to LIKE him." Sure to elicit chuckles from both parents and older siblings who would just as soon be "onlys," this fresh new addition to books about sibling rivalry is a keeper.
-- Kristi Jemtegaard