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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (28 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841210684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841210681
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 1 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The gentle story is told in rhymes from the point of view of a little boy. (Bournemouth Daily Echo)

Beautifully written in simple rhyme, it is a book that can be read over and over again. (Carousel)

Told with humour and a simple rhyming text. A wonderful, uncomplicated way of explaining things for a younger child. (Cork News)

When I asked friends with more than one child which book they'd recommend on this subject, the one that came up time and again was this one. (Parentdish)

This little board book tells it how it is through the eyes of a toddler. (Cork Evening Echo)

It can be really difficult for a child to adapt to a new member of the family and books are a great way to introduce the idea... the one I most frequently recommend is Giles Andreae's 'There's A House Inside My Mummy'. (Scottish Book Trust)

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A funny and tender story about a little boy's wait for his new brother or sister.


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125 of 128 people found the following review helpful By saa3755 on 1 Nov 2004
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We bought this book when I was expecting my second child to help my daughter (who was coming up to 2) understand what was happening to mummy. My daughter really identified with the child in the book, and the simple rhymes were easy for her to remember at an age where repetition was very important to her. The illustrations are brilliant too, she loved playing "spot the..." with all the background details.
I was very ill during my pregnancy, so the fact that this included the mummy getting sick really helped my little girl. I loved that it was so positive. She loved the book and now, aged five, still knows it by heart and loves reading it to her little brother.
Its not technical, if they're old enough to wonder how the baby got there or how it gets out then this isn't the right book. But I'd recommend it to any toddler expecting a sibling.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Sep 2004
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I bought this book for a friend who is expecting her second baby and I know it will make her laugh as well as explaining everything in a lovely way to her 20month old son. A wonderfully funny present to make any expectant mum smile whilst educating their child.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jun 2002
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This book is already getting a bit dog eared as it my 2yr old's favourite. As my bump is expanding he is quite happy talking to the baby in it's house!
A wonderful, uncomplicated way of explaining things for a younger child.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 May 2002
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this is a lovely book which helped my 2 year old understand about our next baby - she even looked for the windows on me!!! the poem and the ideas appealed to me and my daughter - i enjoyed reading it as much as she enjoyed having it read - i am looking for more books by the same author
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Honnet on 7 Dec 2009
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I bought this for my son who will be two JUST after my second child is born and he loves it. In fact, he demands it every night at bedtime! Despite his age he has become "wee baby" daft and will point to my tummy to confirm that the "wee baby" is there. He is about as excited as such a young child could be about the prospect of a new arrival and I think this book has helped.

There are many good features - the rhyming verses, which are not too long; the lovely pictures, with lots to look at and talk about apart from the baby; the prominence of Dad throughout and a strong impression that the current child is very much loved, cherished and played with, which does somehow manage also to imply that this happy picture will only be better with the addition of the baby. What is even better is the tongue-in-cheek humour, which has given me, my husband and my friends much amusement (e.g. "I just can't wait to meet him, I hope that he's alright. My Daddy says be patient, as his door is rather tight"!)
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Miss Read on 26 Jun 2006
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This book is written in verse rather than narrative, and as such is very appealing to toddlers and young children. My three year old son loves the pictures, and knows some of the verses off by heart.

The depiction of pregnancy through a toddler's eyes is amusing and touching, and the book deals with typical scenario's such as the expectant mother being exhausted, feeling sick and having cravings.

The formation of a new baby is viewed in a positive light, with the existing child feeling content and excited about the birth. Very pleasant and useful book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 April 2001
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With our second baby due soon we have found lots of ways to engage our first born in the planning and excitement. This enchanting and beautifully illustrated book covers everything from mummy's strange new eating habits to her needing more rest, with easy rhymes and amusing pictures. Our daughter loves it and we have it most bedtimes now.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 April 2002
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We bought this book on the recommendation of a colleague, hoping it would help our 21 month old daughter understand that a new baby was on the horizon. She is very keen on the book and talks about the 'house inside mummy' alot, but I'm not sure she really understands! I would have preferred a little more technical information, in a child-friendly way - for example, illustrations of the baby inside. The child depicted in the book is slightly older than ours, and it may be that an older child would respond in a more obvious way.
However, it has definitely helped to bring the subject into the open and explain the growing 'bump', more than other story books we have read, such as 'Spot's Baby Sister', 'Daisy and the Egg', 'I Want a Sister' etc - all of which our daughter very much enjoys, but possibly fails to link to her own situation.
The illustrations and tone of the text are appealingly positive, although at times the rhyming text is a bit twee. Unlike other books on the same issue, it gives no hint of potential problems, such as jealousy, and deals with the subject of a new sibling in a very optimistic way - especially appealing for parents. (I particularly liked the way it suggested everyone should be looking after mummy!) We are yet to discover whether or not it has actually helped, as the baby hasn't arrived...
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