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Za-Za's Baby Brother [Paperback]

Lucy Cousins
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Book Description

10 July 2012
Lucy Cousins’s sweet story of a new sibling is back in a larger paperback format perfect for lap sharing.

Za-Za’s mom just had a new baby! He's very small, very loud, and very demanding. Mom and Dad are too busy with the baby to play, but Mom has an idea. "Why don't you hug the baby?" It's hard not being the center of attention all the time, but being an older sibling can be fun, as little Za-Za finds out in this reassuring book from the creator of Maisy.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA); Reprint edition (10 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763661244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763661243
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 24.9 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucy Cousins is the multi-award-winning creator of Maisy. A global phenomenon, Maisy books have sold over 21 million copies worldwide and are available in 29 different languages. Other titles include Smarties Book Prize-winner Jazzy in the Jungle, Hooray for Fish! - which now appears in animation in Japan - and the new bestseller New York Times Top 10 Children's Book Yummy. Lucy lives in Hampshire.

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"* "The illustrations - some of the best in children's books - are gently animated but the words hold as much sway as they do in the books. Great fun for children who already know the stories or alternatively a way in for newcomers." THE Book Magazine on the Picture Book and DVD range" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A bestselling picture book about a zebra family’s new arrival from the creator of Maisy – brought to life with an animated DVD! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 28 May 2008
Thankfully my daughter was given this book after her little sister was born, as it paints a very bleak picture of what life will be like after the baby is born. Neither parent has time for the older child because they are so busy looking after the new baby, and even visitors to the new baby ignore the older child. At the end of the book things brighten up when he is told he can play with the new baby - however in my experience it's really not advisable to suggest a toddler can play with a newborn! I would hate to think that any child experiences the rejection this book portrays on the birth of younger sibling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my son still loves it 10 Dec 2010
By cadle
This was given to my son when he was 2 when i had his sister. He loved it then and still loves it now (at 6yrs)as he can read it himself and he loves the pictures and story. It is a very positive book as it is honest ... it says the younger child does have needs that will have to be met but as parents we will find the time for you as well and in the end you will have soemone to play with and have fun with. It is a great book.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not pleasant 1 Dec 2008
Format:Board book
This is a horrible story explaining how a child is made second best to a new baby. Really would not recommend this.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read, even over and over again. 11 July 2001
By "loeky"
In this picturebook Zaza, a little zebra gets a babybrother and from her point of view she tells about the time when the baby is born and how his arrival changes her life. The illustrations are in bright primary colours and very clearly outlined. My twin daughters absolutely loved this book. They were two and a half when their baby brother was born and for months on end I had to read this book to them before going to bed. After having read it several times to them, they knew the story by heart and loved reading it to me. Reading it so many times is not so bad as it sounds, because this book is a joy to read, even over and over again. This is not only due to the beautiful illustrations, but also because the story is written in the first person singular and thus it is very easy for todllers to identify with Zaza. The reaction of my dauthers spoke volumes when we read this book. For instance, they were always upset when the mother and father of Zaza did not have time for Zaza, because they were to busy with the new baby and at the end they were always very happy when the mother of Zaza finally had time to cuddle Zaza and read her a story. I really had the feeling they were talking about themselves when they would read it to me, because every time we read the book the different emotions that Zaza went through would show on their faces. I would like to recommend this book to all people who are going to have a baby and have a child or children in the toddler age. This review is based on the Dutch translation.
There are two dutch authors/illustrators I would like to recommend. Dick Bruna and Max Velthuys. In Holland both won numerous awards for their books.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sibling rivalry made simple 23 April 1999
By A Customer
Any child who is already a Maisy / Lucy Cousins fan will love this big format book which describes the problems the sibling faces when Mummy has to go to hospital to have number 2. Granny comes to look after Za-Za the little Zebra, and everyone is busy and tired and doting on the new born. Za-Za gets her share of the cuddles eventually. So it all ends happily. A great way of explaining what is going to happen when this big fat tummy turns into a demanding baby brother!
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5.0 out of 5 stars book 7 Oct 2011
This book is really good, it helped prepare my son a lot for the arrival of his baby brother, I strogly recommend it.
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