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The Boss Baby (Classic Board Books) [Board book]


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Starring an imperious infant in a Wall Street-worthy, suit-style onesie, this farcical picture book has fun with the ubiquitous jokes that the baby is the boss in any household. The tot lays down the law from the minute a taxi drops him at his parents' door. With a giant briefcase in tow, the tyrannical executive schedules round-the-clock "meetings" (nappy changes and feedings, as the pictures reveal) until he grinds his beleaguered team into unresponsive exhaustion. How does he prod them back to work. With his first "Ma-ma" and "Da-da," of course. Paired with perfectly timed, deadpan text, Frazee's artwork is as slyly comic and artfully expressive as ever, but all the business-world in-jokes, such as the spread featuring the baby's "executive perks" (including baby-bottle cocktails), feel targeted more toward weary parents than a picture-book audience. Even if they don't get every reference, though, kids (especially older siblings) may enjoy the silliness in the images as well as the underlying truths about how a baby's arrival changes a family. Simon James' Baby Brains (2004) offers a more kid-friendly spin on the superadvanced-baby story. Grades K-2. --Gillian Engberg --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"The concept is cute and the execution witty and efficient, with an agreeably concise (and straight-faced) text allowing plenty of room for the pictures to deliver the punch lines...Sure to be this year's baby-shower hit."--"The Horn Book Magazine" * "This wry picture book will appeal to parents, of course, but also to siblings who see a new baby demand so much of mom and dad's time and energy." --"Kirkus Reviews", starred review * "The author again proves her storytelling chops and her artistic genius in this tongue-in-cheek tale in which text and image overlap seamlessly to deliver a perfectly timed punch line. Parents and older siblings will best appreciate both the visual humor and the new-baby blues presented here. Offer this read-aloud to families experiencing their own infantile corporate takeover."--"School Library Journal", starred review * "In a perfect pick-me-up for both older siblings and bleary-eyed new parents, Frazee hilariously parses their new status. The brilliant baby-as-boss metaphor drives the book from the start...Clever and empathetic, this book is an especially apropos choice for the baby shower circuit."--"Publishers Weekly", starred review "Paired with perfectly timed, deadpan text, Frazee's artwork is as slyly comic and artfully expressive as ever."--"Booklist"

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