Big Brothers Don't Take Napsby Louise Borden, Emma Dodd (Illustrator)
Nicholas looks up to his big brother, James. James does all kinds of things that only older brothers can do—like write his name, read books, cross the street, and ride the school bus. But there’s one thing James doesn’t do: take a nap. Because big brothers don’t take naps. James assures Nicholas that someday he’ll be able to do all
Nicholas looks up to his big brother, James. James does all kinds of things that only older brothers can do—like write his name, read books, cross the street, and ride the school bus. But there’s one thing James doesn’t do: take a nap. Because big brothers don’t take naps. James assures Nicholas that someday he’ll be able to do all the things James does. And when the brothers begin to share a very special secret, it looks like that special day may be approaching very soon….
Little brother Nicholas adores big brother James, who serves as a great role model in this story about a loving, and expanding, family.
Nicholas anticipates the day when he won't have to take naps, and he sees lots of other positive things about growing up as he witnesses James go to school, read, type on Dad's computer, etc. James is an ideal older sibling: protective, supportive, patient and kind. Together, they look forward to a "special secret" in June, which readers may well figure out before book's end. The biggest clue comes with James and Nicholas hunched over a sheet of paper covered in girls' names scrawled in childish handwriting. Nicholas reports, "...my big brother lets me draw the circle around the one we like best." Closing endpapers reveal that their chosen name is Grace, where their new baby sister's name is circled and serves as a satisfying conclusion to this sweet family story. Throughout, Dodd's digital art employs bold line and vibrant color, rendering playful illustrations that match the text's tone and recall Lauren Child's and Ken Wilson-Max's illustration styles.
A fine addition to the extended family of new-baby books, with a welcome nod to the middle child. (Picture book. 3-5)
Meet the Author
Louise Borden graduated from Denison University with a degree in history. She taught first graders and preschoolers and later was a part-owner of a bookstore in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to writing children’s books, she also speaks regularly to young students about the writing process. Her books include Good Luck, Mrs. K!, which won the Christopher Medal, and The A+ Custodian. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and you can visit her at LouiseBorden.com.
Emma Dodd's art style and vivid colors have been called “just right for preschool audiences” by Kirkus Reviews and she is the award-winnning creator of such children's books as What Pet to Get?, I Don't Want a Posh Dog and I Don't Want a Cool Cat. She makes her home in Surry, England.
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