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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192736272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192736277
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 0.2 x 27.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A heartwarming tale that is perfect reading for any newborn baby." (Nicholas Murphy, Daily Express)

"An irreverently funny and heart-warming story which can be read time and time again, and will appeal to any child who is looking forward to a new baby in their own family." (Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post)

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The perfect book to celebrate a special new baby!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Wilson TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Nov. 2013
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This is a lovely little story set around a fictional prince and princess (I highly suspect it's centered around Will and Kate especially with the dedication at the end from Tony Ross which states "For Catherine and William") and the question as to when are they going to have a baby and once the princess is pregnant what will the baby be like. We are expecting our second baby very soon and so I thought this was a lovely little story to read to my son although I'm not too sure that he fully understands he is soon to have a little brother or sister but he did enjoy looking at the pictures and I personally enjoyed the story. The story has the underlying theme that it doesn't matter what a baby will be like or whether it's a boy or a girl as they will be loved regardless and it's probably the pregnancy hormones but I really liked it and thought it was a sweet story. The book is left with the unanswered question of whether they had a boy or a girl and again I think this is nice especially for parents like us who have opted not to find out. A charming and lovely little story with brilliant illustrations (which I think are more tailored to the older child) and I prefer to think of it as another little story rather than an attempted cash in on Kate and Will.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Nov. 2013
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Medium sized, soft covered book with sophisticated illustrations and a simple, easy to follow story focusing on a newly married Prince and Princess and the huge interest surrounding 'when will they have a baby'.

The concept for the book is so obviously the story of Kate and Wills even though it's set in a fictional land and the names have mostly been changed. What's it all about? Not a lot really. The whole concept hinges on what the baby will look like when it's born. Once the baby arrives it's a boy and, guess what, they call him George.

Illustrations are nice even if somewhat subdued but my problem is simply that I'm not sure where the market for this book really lies. It's absolutely not for young children, who tend not be very interested in either pregnancy or childbirth, and the illustrations/subject matter won't appeal to older children who'll find it dull. My grandchildren haven't picked the book up again since our first quick read through and they're pretty good critics.

Even as a collectible souvenir of the Royal birth the concept doesn't work because it's supposedly fictional.

Nothing at all wrong with the book, it's OK, but it's altogether sort of quirky and not something I'd order again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beansmummy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Nov. 2013
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With all the hype over the real royal baby, books like this were inevitable. This one was particularly good; well written, appealing to my daughter (5) and a lovely way to start discussions in a family expecting another baby. It shows an older sibling that parents are really just concerned that their children are happy, and not about what they might achieve etc. I rather liked the fact that at the end there is still some mystery.
Great artwork, fun story. Ideal for older siblings being prepared for a new baby.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Saxton VINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2013
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Ideal for children in a family where there's going to be a new baby; also a good book for children when they start to ask questions about babies.

A clear story that introduces the idea of inquisitiveness and says it is alright to ask those questions as long as you realise the answers aren't too important.

There's a cheerfulness about it that makes it a little gem of a book. Great illustrations in a traditional style.
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By Miss VINE VOICE on 15 Jan. 2014
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This is a fairly pleasant but unremarkable book about the birth of a much-anticipated royal baby. It's obviously a cash-in on 2013's royal baby, but a lot of it also applies to any baby, so it's a good book to read with a small child who's expecting a new sibling/cousin, etc. It covers the sense of anticipation that both the parents and those around them have, and the sorts of questions that everyone wonders about the baby - will it be a boy or a girl, will it be like any particular family members, etc. It also shows that what matters most is that the baby is happy and cared for.

The book is left open ended, with no conclusions about the royal baby given. This can be a bit frustrating to the reader and some children might be annoyed by the lack of an ending, but it does mean that the book is relevant to all potential babies, so children who are looking forward to a little sister can still feel like the story applies to them and not just to kids expecting a little brother.

Although the text of the story was reasonable, I wasn't keen on the illustrations at all - they are quite messy and the strange colouring, particularly the greyish-blue around everyone's eyes, makes all the characters look ill. This took a lot of the charm away from the book.

There are quite a few books around this subject and I think there are more charming, satisfying and nicely-illustrated books available, so I wouldn't particularly recommend this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JB TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Dec. 2013
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A pleasant fairy-tale style book based (probably) on a real-life Prince and
Princess. For me it's a tongue in cheek poke at the press / media speculation
the surrounds royal affairs.

The text is fairly large and well spaced making it an easy read for young
children. The book has around thirty pages, each with a super illustration
by Tony Ross (of Little Princess and Horrid Henry fame), and for me and
my daughters the illustrations are the main attraction of this book.
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