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There's Going to Be a Baby
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 September 2012
I agree with the reviewer who says this book doesn't quite work- it was bought for my first son when I was pregnant with my second. Helen Oxenbury's illustrations are half wonderful (the mother and son) but the other half (the fantasy baby doing adult jobs like working at the bank and making lots of money, deemed to be very good) just don't flow. It addresses none of the issues or questions my son had about his new sibling. Annie Kubler's board books and Hello Baby (for a very beautiful and frank story of a home birth) are much better.

A shame as usually Oxenbury can do no wrong in my eyes and I have copies of her board books from my own babyhood that my children love now!
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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
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2012
I bought this for my son's family as they were expecting a second child, and I wasn't sure how their existing boy would take to a new addition.

A lovely book with delightful words and pictures that can provide valuable reassurance to children.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2010
Bought for Daughter and Grandson as a new baby is on the way. Most popular of several books on the subject she reads to him.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2014
I read this book in a library today with my 2 year old nephew and thought it was horrible!! It would say things like "why is there a baby? I want it to go away" and "I hope the baby gets a job at the zoo so it gets eaten by a tiger" I thought this was an awful book so much so I felt I needed to review it so nobody buys it!!
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on 4 June 2015
Another of those books, where I am a bit confused. How does repeatedly talking about what career the baby is going to have when it grows up help to explain to my 3 year old what is happening?
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2010
I hoped for more from these authors. The story doesn't quite work. There's a few too many specific details for the apparent target age, so I have to edit it as I read to make it seem relevant.

There are two alternating styles. One is a simple but beautiful series of the mother and son in daily life, but the second, about an imagined baby with various adult jobs, doesn't work. I'd prefer just a shorter book without the second story.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2010
This is just the most gorgeous book. Helen Oxenbury and John Burningham at their best. Absolutely stunning illustrations and just the right measure of how a child really does feel when they know that life will not be quite the same again but are unable to vocalise this. Of course the beauty is, is that the child is just so excited when the day does finally come and as always it works out as it should. We have just read this to our nearly 9, nearly 5 and 2 year old and they all loved it. It particularly hit a chord with our nearly 5 year old who also had asked when we told her 'When will the baby come Mummy'. Perfect-please buy it.
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on 7 May 2015
Brought to help my grandson understand what's going on
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2011
I bought this book for my grandson. I liked the illustrations but was disappointed by the text and content. At the risk of being 'non pc' my main criticism is that there is no mention of a father anywhere or any other family members although Grandad does appear at the end of the book. There are no illustrations of the new baby when it arrives. The text ignores most of the questions a child would ask, concentrating instead on fantasies regarding what the baby might do in the future. This book in no way measures up to the quality of John Burningham's other work - I sent it straight back!
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