Big Bad Baby

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A funny, larger-than-life adventure for fans of No, David!

Call in the fire engires and police cars! Someone delayed sweet Sammy's nap a bit too long, or served him applesauce that was a bit too tart, and suddenly he's morphed into . . . Big Bad Baby! Now this giant tyke is on the loose, and he's taking the milk and cookie trucks by storm. No police, firefighters, or even librarians can stop him! Luckily Mom and his trusty hench dog are never far behind, and Mom ...

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Overview

A funny, larger-than-life adventure for fans of No, David!

Call in the fire engires and police cars! Someone delayed sweet Sammy's nap a bit too long, or served him applesauce that was a bit too tart, and suddenly he's morphed into . . . Big Bad Baby! Now this giant tyke is on the loose, and he's taking the milk and cookie trucks by storm. No police, firefighters, or even librarians can stop him! Luckily Mom and his trusty hench dog are never far behind, and Mom has a few tricks up her sleeve. After all, every baby needs a blankie and hugs, even on really big bad days.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/14/2014
Hale (Clark the Shark) and Breen (Pug and Doug) have such a similar go-broad-or-go-home comic aesthetic that it’s surprising they haven’t crossed collaborative paths before. Together, they come up with a hybrid of Honey, I Blew Up the Kid and The Incredible Hulk, starring an almost naked toddler whose bad mood transforms him from kewpie doll to holy terror. “Pausing only to slurp from his sippy cup, Big Bad Baby set out to take over the world!” proclaims Hale, While the ensuing havoc—not to mention the implications of a giant, filled diaper and a torrent of drool—are almost too horrible to contemplate, Breen has a good time doing so. A highly expressive pooch named Boris, deemed Baby’s “evil hench-dog,” is actually a shocked reader surrogate, and is almost as much fun to watch as Baby himself. A surplus of maniacal jokes and sound cues ought to win the hearts of older siblings who know just how bad babies can be. Ages 3–5. Author’s agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. Illustrator’s agent: Teresa Kietlinski, Prospect Agency. (June)
School Library Journal
05/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—Sweet Little Sammy is having a bad day, and no one knows exactly why. After chasing the cat and "redecorating" the kitchen and bedroom wall, he needs bigger badness to satisfy him. A Monster Machine transforms him into Big Bad Baby, whose BURP uproots trees and overturns cars. He strides down the highway, picking up trucks, drawing on the sides of buildings, and making a stinky mess in his diaper. Police, firemen, and even librarians are powerless to stop him. His resourceful mother follows on a bicycle and is aboard one of the helicopters that drops his giant blue blanky over him. Big Bad Baby becomes—at least outwardly—his own sweet self again. His mother snuggles him in her arms and says, "Big bad babies need love too." This is fortunate because the last page shows Sammy with a maniacal gleam in his eyes, planning to take over the world. Cartoon artwork done in watercolors and colored pencil capture the havoc the giant baby causes, and the expansive spreads are filled with humorous details.—Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-17
We all know them—on the plane, on the train, in the car seat, after nighty-night: big bad baby. Little Sammy is positively cherubic—all pink and roly-poly with Kewpie-doll cowlick and goo-goo eyes—but given half a chance, he becomes Bad Baby. Applesauce too tart? Time to chase the cat with hair clippers. Nap delayed? Time to work some Jackson Pollack with the mustard squeeze bottle. But Bad Baby has his eyes on making a real statement. So he cobbles together a Monster Machine, and voilà—a really big and bad baby emerges. He plays with trucks as if they were Matchbox toys, uses a lamppost as a baton and unleashes a hurricane-force belch. Not to mention the tsunami of drool. Police, firefighters, even the librarian—all are helpless before this diapered behemoth. That is, until the clothes drier finishes with his security blanket. Hale gives Breen plenty of room, supplying a rhythmically funny text that offers up one funny situation after another. Even as a towering Babyzilla, the giant tot retains his look of wide-eyed innocence. Bad Baby conducts his mayhem with so winning a grin on his puss, he's no threat—he's an entertainer (as long as he stays in the picture book). Don't rest too easy. "I'll be back!" intones our young Schwarzenegger. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803735859
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 6/12/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 402,506
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Hale

Bruce Hale has written and illustrated more than 30 books for young readers, including the award-winning Chet Gecko Mysteries and Snoring Beauty, one of Oprah's Recommended Reads for Kids. He lives in Santa Barbara, CA, with his wife, dog, and serious collection of hats. By all accounts, Bruce was a cheerful baby, although a tad mischievous.

Steve Breen is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist whose comic strip Grand Avenue regularly appears in more than 150 newspapers. He has also written and illustrated several popular picture books, including Pug and Doug, Violet the Pilot, and Stick. Steve has five children of his own, so he definitely doesn't know anything about baby tantrums. Nope, not a thing. He lives with his family in San Diego, CA.

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