Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Children's Book Review, The Boss Baby

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson,

The Boss Baby is a children's picture book created by Marla Frazee and published in Australia by Simon and Schuster. (Also available in the UK and USA.)

From the moment the baby arrived, it was obvious that he was the boss.

The boss baby is used to getting his way--drinks made to order 24/7, his private jet plane, and meetings around the clock. But when his demands aren't getting proper responses, he has to go to new lengths to achieve the attention he deserves.

Marla Frazee brings her signature wit and humor--along with adorable illustrations--to a book that explores the effect of one family's very unusual new arrival.

The back cover asks: Is there a Boss Baby in your life? Parents are going to grin ruefully over this book. They'll shake their heads and remember times when their own offspring dominated every waking moment. It makes a great gift for baby showers, but perhaps should be accompanied by reassurances that babies grow and change!

But The Boss Baby is written for kids. I think it works well, because children will recognize bossiness in whatever form it comes. Not just recognize it, but laugh delightedly over the bossy baby's antics. Boss Baby himself is dressed in a business suit, with baby style fastenings at back to allow for nappy (diaper) changes. His office is a baby chair mid-lounge room. Children will have fun working out the dichotomy between what is said in the text, and the reality borne out by the illustrations and their own experiences with younger siblings.

You may be as interested as I was to read what Frazee had to say about The Boss Baby's evolution.

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