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.