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Brand-New Baby Blues
by Kathi Appelt and Kelly Murphy


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The good ol' days are over.
It's official, it's the news
With my brand-new baby brother
came the brand-new baby blues

When a new baby wears her old pajamas, sleeps in her old bed, and seems to get all her parents' attention, a girl's bound to sing the blues.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The good ol' days are over.
It's official, it's the news
With my brand-new baby brother
came the brand-new baby blues

When a new baby wears her old pajamas, sleeps in her old bed, and seems to get all her parents' attention, a girl's bound to sing the blues. Is there anything a baby brother can do to change her tune?


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780060532338
  • ISBN-10: 0060532335
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publish Date: December 2009
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-6
  • Dimensions: 9.52 x 9.2 x 0.35 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - New Baby
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Siblings
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Emotions & Feelings

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 59.
  • Review Date: 2009-12-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

If Lisa Simpson can sing the blues, why can't a highly reluctant sibling of a new baby brother? Appelt (the Bubba and Beau series) has hold of a great idea here, and her “lyrics” have the requisite driving rhythm. Readers can almost hear a wailing harmonica testifying to the girl's pain: “Now he's wearing my old jammies,/ he sleeps in my old bed,/ he's got my favorite baby bear/ beside his baby head.” But Murphy's (Hush, Little Dragon) illustrations, in gentle textural pastel tones, don't seem to be in on the same joke. While her skills as a colorist and draftsman are never in doubt, her depiction of the heroine and her domestic travails feels innocuous compared with comically down-and-out gestalt of the text. Even when the girl's angst is at its peak (“It makes me sad, it makes me mad,/ it makes me want to roar!”), the accompanying image feels overly literal, and the scene's hospital green palette does nothing to drive home the emotions at play. Appelt is channeling Howlin' Wolf, but Murphy seems content with a whimper. Ages 3–6. (Jan.)

 
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