Babies Don't Eat Pizza: A Big Kids' Book About Baby Brothers and Baby Sisters

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

While Danzig, an R.N. who has led sibling preparation classes for two decades, and Tilley (Growing Up: It's a Girl Thing) seek a spot on a very crowded bookshelf, their practical, straightforward approach merits a look. Focusing on day-to-day living with an infant, the text adopts an unfussy tone that subtly flatters readers as being sensible and mature (relatively speaking). "Babies are small and fragile and strong," writes Danzig. "Watch out for your ears and nose, and don't let your hair get too close." It's also notable that Danzig refers to the infant as "your baby," clearly signaling that the reader has a stake in all this, too. She reinforces the connection by referring readers frequently to their own babyhood: "Can you believe you had to learn to roll over?" Tilley's ink and watercolor cartoons are sunny and empathic in the Laura Cornell mode, and include plenty of visual jokes to encourage anxious kids-and their parents-to bond. Headings on most spreads make this volume eminently browsable-and therefore a handy family resource. Ages 3-5. (Jan.)

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Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
This is a no-nonsense book for siblings-to-be when a new baby is expected. The straightforward tone and step-by-step approach are designed to reassure young children that they will not be displaced by the new baby. The underlying message is clear: The baby's arrival will not change the way their parents feel about them. The illustrations, delightfully presented in watercolor and ink, incorporate both humor and honesty. There is a great double-page spread entitled "Your Basic Baby" that explains what babies look like when they come home from the hospital as well as what they can and can't do. The author refers to the baby as "your baby" so that siblings understand that they are part of this new little person's world. There is a nice list of suggestions at the end of the book which contains tips for parents about how to prepare an older child for the arrival of a new baby. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

A straightforward, reassuring book aimed at children awaiting the arrival of a new baby in the family. Organized into logical sections-from babies' development in the womb to the hospital to what infants look like-the accessible text offers sound, comforting detail. A wonderful spread of "Your Basic Baby" points out everything from "wacky hair" to hospital bracelets. Several pages cover how infants fit into a family's life, explaining what they eat and do and how older siblings can interact with them. There are many self-affirming phrases like, " can be a big sister or big brother. That's important. Stand up, take a bow! Hooray for you!" The final page gives expectant parents tips on how to deal with potential sibling rivalry. The charming watercolor illustrations show all kinds of families caring for and getting to know their newcomers. Though many quality books on this subject are available, Danzig's offering will bring comfort to expectant parents and siblings alike.-Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Yet another title to add to the already oversaturated new baby brother/new baby sister market. The hook? A systematic examination of every possible fact a new sibling should know about the incoming little sib, all in a svelte 32 pages. By discussing everything from baby behavior to how a brother or sister can help parents out, the book hopes to prepare children as thoroughly as possible for the tiny newcomer on both a factual and emotional level. The author has taught "sibling preparation" classes for years and knows whereof she speaks. Yet one can't help but wonder if this is merely a more exacting version of the similarly named Babies Can't Eat Kimchee, by Nancy Patz, illustrated by Susan L. Roth (2006). There is undoubtedly a glut of new-baby books out there, and though it's perfectly nice, Danzig's prose and Tilley's serviceable illustrations just don't have enough pizazz to separate this one from the pack. Parenting tips on further sibling preparation appear at the end of the book. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525474418
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 1/22/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 210,182
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Not a good book for toddlers expecting to be big siblings, too w

    Not a good book for toddlers expecting to be big siblings, too wordy too descriptive and awkward to read...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    Not what I had in mind

    This book was not at all what I had hoped. It got way too descriptive about the baby delivery and was not a cutsie story in my opinion. I returned it.

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Babies Don't Eat Pizza is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards® honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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    Posted July 8, 2010

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