When an older sibling with a flair for the dramatic shares her kingdom with a baby tyrant, can there be a happily ever after?
Once upon a time there was a happy family: A mom, a dad, a gerbil, and the most beautifulest, cleverest, ever so kindest Princess. . . . On one horrible day, a new ruler is born into a young princess’s family — a ruler she dubs His Royal Highness, King Baby. This small interloper is so smelly. He is so noisy. And allthe talk in the Land is about him (“Such a nice burp!” “Oh, what a lovely poo-poo!”), nonstop, ALL THE TIME! Has there everbeen such an era of wicked rule? With whimsy and sympathy, Sally Lloyd-Jones tells a satisfying tale of usurped attention — and rapprochement — that every big brother or sister will relate to, while illustrator David Roberts captures all the hilarious details of a child’s active imagination.
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Has there ever been a baby as wicked as this one? Lloyd-Jones (‘How to Be a Baby … by Me, the Big Sister’) and Roberts (‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’) take the baby-as-royal-tyrant trope out for an exhilarating spin. —The New York Times Book Review
This displacement-themed fairy tale spoof is funny from the very first page…Comparisons to Kate Beaton’s King Baby and Marla Frazee’s The Boss Baby are natural, but Lloyd-Jones and Roberts’s satire stands on its own. —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Roberts’ lively mixed-media illustrations humorously play out the sister’s exaggerated version of the events, from the deeply expressive faces to the dense compositions packed with comical details…Many older siblings will relate to this uproarious tale of new-baby mayhem. —Booklist Online
The newly minted big sister describes, in a classic-fairy-tale narrative style, the havoc wreaked by her demanding baby brother. Even better, she draws the story as she sees it, in entertaining childlike illustrations that mirror—and sometimes humorously deviate from—Roberts’s watercolor and pen art showing the book’s true events. —The Horn Book
‘Early one morning, a mouse met a wolf, and he was quickly gobbled up.’ It’s a grim start for a picture book, but children acquainted with Jon Klassen’s deadpan illustrations will expect nothing less from ‘The Wolf, the Duck & the Mouse.’ Of course, the mouse gets gobbled. Gobbling, as 4- to 8-year-olds know from ‘I Want My Hat Back’ (2011) and ‘This Is Not My Hat’ (2012), is a Klassen specialty. Ah, but being swallowed by a wolf is only the beginning of the mouse’s adventures in this terrific tale by Mac Barnett. —The Wall Street Journal
A great book for children with younger “royal” siblings or those who are about to have one. —School Library Journal
A royal serving of fun for the new-baby shelf. —Kirkus Reviews