Most helpful positive review
Beautiful, moving, inspiring - Poetry
on 23 June 2015
This book is my absolute favourite to read in the wait for the latest addition to the family- a poem that celebrates the emotional rollercoaster that a new baby brings to a family, the uncertainty and excitement of anticipation. The drawings of the mother and toddler (who grows into a young boy by the end of the book) are beautiful- full of warmth and such touching whimsical details. The cartoons of the imaginary future baby made my children (age 6 and 4) laugh their socks off- and sparked lots of good discussion, and allowed us to deal with the apprehension, and resentment about (my) tiredness and pressures on their time with me. The ending - with the question mark about the new adventure about to start makes me cry everytime - it leads to the answer that only our own baby can provide.
I am not very prompt at doing reviews- but I felt compelled to review this in light of the negative comments. My feeling is that those who did not enjoy it were looking to the book for something it is not - a reference/ self help for toddlers. For them I would recommend "I am going to be a BIG sister/ brother" which are great matter of fact descriptions of life with a new baby ( I can feed the baby/ babies cry to tell us what they need/ Mummy loves me and I love baby etc etc).. but for older children, good readers ( Roald Dahl and more) we needed more than the practicalities - aand this book tickled our imagination. Though it is formatted as picture book- I would really class it as poetry. In words and pictures. Beautiful, moving, inspiring
ps- This particular format -a smaller size (A5?) hardcover is lovely to hold and would keep better than my original big size (A4?) with dust jacket from Waterstones. However it is an American edition- and for some, this will be a no-go... with "Mommy" spellings and US phrasings- it really should be highlighted on the website. In the UK we expect books for British language users! Not that it detracts from the magic of the illustrations or the poetry overall