Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Baby?

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There’s a new baby in the house. Is Cornelius P. Mud ready? Not really! The baby may be getting all the attention, but he isn’t very much fun. He can’t talk. He can’t eat. He can’t play. Can they send him back? Does Mom love the baby best? Of course, fans of Cornelius know that even the arrival of a sibling won’t get this resourceful little piggy down for long. When he trots out his good humor — and his gift for entertainment — he soon discovers that the new arrival can do ...
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Overview

There’s a new baby in the house. Is Cornelius P. Mud ready? Not really! The baby may be getting all the attention, but he isn’t very much fun. He can’t talk. He can’t eat. He can’t play. Can they send him back? Does Mom love the baby best? Of course, fans of Cornelius know that even the arrival of a sibling won’t get this resourceful little piggy down for long. When he trots out his good humor — and his gift for entertainment — he soon discovers that the new arrival can do something very special indeed.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
This is the third title about the young pig named Cornelius P. Mud. His mother introduces Cornelius to the newest member of the family, a tiny baby pig swaddled in a purple blanket covered with yellow and blue stars. Cornelius promptly asks a series of questions, such as: "Can he walk?" "Can he eat pizza?" "Can he play?" "What can he do?" Thoroughly disappointed, Cornelius wants to send him back. He is also very concerned that now his mother will not love him anymore, but of course, he is reassured that this is not the case. After holding and singing to him, Cornelius decides that he will be happy having a baby brother. The illustrations are minimal figures and objects done in acrylics and pencil. The pigs are presented in blushing pink, and Cornelius is dressed in a lime green shirt and denim blue trousers. Young children in a similar situation will enjoy having this story read aloud. Add to the collection if titles on this subject are needed. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

In his third picture-book outing, Cornelius P. Mud faces his biggest challenge yet: meeting his new baby brother. Like its predecessors, the book has a series of questions and answers, only this time Cornelius is the one asking the questions: "Can he play?" "Can he eat pizza?" "What CAN he do?" His sensitive mama answers all of them with love and patience. Saltzberg's delightfully childlike acrylic and pencil illustrations capture the trepidation of a youngster confronted with such a situation; Cornelius curls up in a corner of the room, as far from his mother and brother as possible, as he asks, "Do you love him more than you love me?," and his expression is the epitome of woe as he moans, "I wish we could send him back." At last he finds something the baby can do-be his little brother. Young readers will delight at Cornelius's "lullaby" for his new sibling: "When you're/a little older,/we will play.../BUT NOW/you're like a/lump of clay." Simultaneously sensitive and silly, this book hits all the right notes.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763635961
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/10/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 976,864
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Barney Saltzberg is the author-illustrator of all the Cornelius P. Mud books, as well as three stories about the endearing Stanley Birdbaum: CRAZY HAIR DAY, STAR OF THE WEEK, and STANLEY AND THE CLASS PET. He lives in Los Angeles
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