Bye-Bye, Baby!

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Felix is not happy about his new baby sister. In fact, he thinks she should be sent back to where she came from. That’s when a trip to the zoo inspires some creative solutions to his problem—but Felix will need some animal participation for his plans to work. Expertly brought to life by award-winning illustrator Larry Day, this quirky, tongue-in-cheek take on the new baby in the house is sure to entertain parents and children alike, and will help any older sibling realize that ...

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Overview

Felix is not happy about his new baby sister. In fact, he thinks she should be sent back to where she came from. That’s when a trip to the zoo inspires some creative solutions to his problem—but Felix will need some animal participation for his plans to work. Expertly brought to life by award-winning illustrator Larry Day, this quirky, tongue-in-cheek take on the new baby in the house is sure to entertain parents and children alike, and will help any older sibling realize that sometimes even little sisters can come in handy.

2009 Parents' Choice Approved winner

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Melissa Rife
Felix has been an only child for a while. When his parents add a little sister to the family, he is not very excited. All he wants is for her to go away so he can hang out with his parents and his best friend—a stuffed donkey named Poncho. Upon a visit to the zoo, Felix thinks of how each of the big animals, like a hippo and giraffe could help him be rid of his sister. It is not until the end of the book that Felix sees that his little sister is not all that bad. On the ride home, when Felix is upset about leaving the zoo, his baby sister hands him Poncho to calm him down. The lesson behind this book is an important one for any child where a little sibling joins the family. The book, however, seems to be unevenly balanced between the negative feelings toward his sister. He wants her to be crushed by an elephant and eaten by a hippo, both somewhat extreme feelings. After so much extreme dislike directed her way, the act at the end of accepting his sister does not seem positive enough to create a counterbalance. If the book means to set an example for a child, it does not set a strong enough example. There is still no clear statement that Felix likes his little sister. The illustrations in the book are well drawn and there is a perfect amount of text on each page, but in the end, it does not impart the intended message. Reviewer: Melissa Rife
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Young Felix is less than delighted when his new sister arrives, and he finds solace in his stuffed donkey. The day she is born, he and Poncho play alone in the sandbox. Later, Felix slips at the playground and bruises his chin. He is comforted when he covers his face with the toy's cuddly body, and the tears flow. Resentment and anger grow inwardly, paralleling the usual incidents of a new sibling's arrival: late-night crying, a Mom too tired to play with her son. Time passes, and the family takes a trip to the zoo. Felix's mind reels as he imagines the elephant, hippo, and giraffe whisking his sister away. When it's time to go home, he finally has a meltdown. An observant and instinctual little sister manages to grab Poncho, puts him in Felix's lap, and the first thread of a bond forms between the siblings. Although Poncho will "still always be his best friend," both children have grown, and their relationship has evolved into the beginning of kinship. Creative use of the endpapers underscores this transition. Outstanding illustrations are done in pen, ink, watercolor, and gouache. The characters' expressions and body language could tell this story alone, but wonderfully enhance the strong and simple text. A fine choice for a read-aloud or in a one-on-one setting.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
Kirkus Reviews
New-baby books for skeptical siblings abound, but here the older brother is still young enough to be prone to a tantrum or two himself. From day one, Felix is not fond of his new baby sister. She's loud and she hogs all the attention, leaving Felix thoroughly unimpressed until the day the family goes to the zoo. In mentally cataloging the ways in which various animals could rid him of his little sis (a hippo could eat her, an elephant sit on her, etc.), Felix has such a great time that when it's time to leave he erupts into a full-blown tantrum. Nothing his parents do can stop it, and in the end it's Felix's little sister who manages to figure out just the right thing to do. Clever endpapers show the before-and-after effects of the baby's existence, and Day's emotional watercolors drill home Felix's disgruntlement. Certainly cute enough, and a good complement to Robie H. Harris's Mail Harry to the Moon, illustrated by Michael Emberley (2008). (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802797728
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,046,521
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

LARRY DAY has illustrated several picture books, including Not Afraid of Dogs, an SCBWI Golden Kite Award winner, Duel! which received four starred reviews, and Let it Begin Here! He works in the advertising industry, and his illustrations have appeared in the Chicago Tribune Magazine and in several exhibits, including his own shows. Larry in Downers Grove, Illinois.

RICHARD MORRIS works as a literary agent and lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife and two children.

As he knows first hand, older siblings are not always as delighted by a new baby as the rest of the family. Richard was inspired to write Bye-Bye Baby! after his three year old son was unimpressed by the arrival of a new baby sister.

All the books they were reading had the same reassuring message—it may be different at first with this new person around, but eventually you will grow to love this person as much as your parents. But it became clear very quickly that this good wholesome message wasn’t exactly sinking in. Instead of growing to love the baby, Richard’s son was dreaming up ways to get rid of her.

“Mommy,” he asked one day, “maybe we should put the baby outside tonight so we won’t have to hear her cry?” Every day there was a new idea about how to dispose of his baby sister. “Tie her to the roof, flush her down the toilet, pack her up in a suitcase and send her away forever..."

At first alarmed, they soon realized jealousy is a common experience for a newly older sibling after hearing similar stories from their friends. Nowadays Richard’s son and daughter are good friends, and their hilarious stories inspired Bye-Bye Baby!, the perfect accompaniment for any family going through the roller coaster ride of emotions that a new arrival brings.

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    Posted February 8, 2010

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    Perfect gift for brand new big brothers!

    This book has a lighthearted approach to the all too true condition of sibling rivalry. It has charming illustrations.

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

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    A new classic

    A wonderfully illustrated and engagingly written children's book that addresses the issues of an older child once a younger sib is born. Great gift for the holidays or a baby shower.

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

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    Bye Baby Bye

    Terrific story for a young child with a new baby brother or sister. Humorous and great pictures to go with this cute story. A great "bye" for the big brother or sister when a new baby arrives.

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  • Posted August 20, 2009

    The Perfect book for kids with a new sib!

    Felix is trouble in the best sense of the word. From the moment his baby sister comes home from the hospital, watch out! Thank goodness for Felix's best friend, Poncho (who happens to be a stuffed donkey)... The story here rings so true -- the writing crisp, clever, and LAUGH OUTLOUD funny; the illustrations AMAZING! Parents will love it as much as their kids do! Have fun! Hope to see Felix again!

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