Sunday, October 17, 2010

Brand-New Baby Blues by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by Kelly Murphy

A little girl sings the Brand-New Baby Blues, lamenting all the ways her life has gotten worse since she gained a baby brother. As she complains, she gradually realizes the baby is kind of cute and then decides that it might be fun to have a baby brother after all.

The number of new sibling books is legion and while this story is cute and sweet and the pictures are appealing, it just doesn't stand out. The girl's change in perspective is rather abrupt with no reason given except that she notices the baby is cute and her parents reassure her that she is special also.

Verdict: Recommended if your library is in need of more new baby/sibling books.

ISBN: 9780060532338; Published December 2009 by HarperCollins; Borrowed from the library

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