How to Get a Job...by Me, the Boss

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The know-it-all narrator from the New York Times Bestselling How to Be a Baby is back with the third book in the series. This time, she knows all about how to get a job, and she walks readers through the whole process: from deciding what you want to be all the way to acing the interview (tip: don't bring your pet gerbils). This book is sure to be a hit with kids who love to play pretend and dream about what they're going to be when they grow up.
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Overview

The know-it-all narrator from the New York Times Bestselling How to Be a Baby is back with the third book in the series. This time, she knows all about how to get a job, and she walks readers through the whole process: from deciding what you want to be all the way to acing the interview (tip: don't bring your pet gerbils). This book is sure to be a hit with kids who love to play pretend and dream about what they're going to be when they grow up.
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Publishers Weekly, June 27, 2011:
"Heap's acrylic, paint, and crayon illustrations are as energetic and quirky as the Boss herself, whose charmingly askew perspective includes some genuine advice--and remains as funny as ever."

School Library Journal, August 2011:
"The illustrations are perfectly rendered in childlike acrylic paint and crayons and show the fun details of imaginative play on a rainy day. Fans of the previous titles will not be disappointed."

Zero to Eight (blog):
"The fun is in the details, and you're going to want to read this one carefully for full effect! The book is creative, imaginative, silly, and delightful...I'm happy to recommend."

MitchellRepublic.com:
"Packed with fun"

Home With The Boys (blog):
"I can’t remember the last time our family laughed so hard reading a book."

Spot to Read (blog):
"This is another great fun to read and see book in the authors' series of "How To" guides. A must for any want-a-be boss or lemonade stand owner. The pictures are bright and detailed and it is full of silliness making this book stand out as a favorite!"

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—The bossy narrator from How to Be a Baby—by Me the Big Sister (2007) and How to Get Married—by Me the Bride (2009, both Random) explains to her friends and baby brother how to get a job. Wearing big round glasses and striped pink and gray tights with her gray skirt and too-big heels, the Boss sits on her desk and explains that "A Job is so you can have something to do and get money for your family. And sometimes a Job is so you can get all dressed up and wear your new shoes to work." Her playroom is full of boxes containing all of the goodies needed to explore all sorts of vocations—from Cowboy to Explorer and Super-Ballerina-Soccer-Mermaid-Fairy Princess (our Boss's position of choice) to Magician. She offers sound advice as she counsels that "a good job to get is something you love" and tells her baby brother that you shouldn't be a "World-Famous Chef if you can't even cook cereal." She and her friends continue trying on trades that all kids play at as she explains what the work involves. Then the Boss goes through the steps of writing a résumé and interviewing. The illustrations are perfectly rendered in childlike acrylic paint and crayons and show the fun details of imaginative play on a rainy day. Fans of the previous titles will not be disappointed.—Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
Publishers Weekly
The wise-beyond-her-years heroine who addressed the finer points of getting married and having a baby in her previous books now tackles the job market. "ometimes a Job is so you can get all dressed up and wear your new shoes to work," she explains. The narrator covers big jobs (like "President of the World") and small jobs (like "Balloon Holder") alike, and is highly encouraging ("You could be a Cowboy or an Explorer.... Or actually anything you want!"), while giving a nod to a few exceptions ("you shouldn't be a Robber"). Heap's acrylic, paint, and crayon illustrations are as energetic and quirky as the Boss herself, whose charmingly askew perspective includes some genuine advice—and remains as funny as ever. Ages 4–8. (May)
Children's Literature - Leona Illig
This book takes a humorous view of some unusual jobs that include President of the World, Balloon Holder, and Super-Ballerina-Soccer-Mermaid-Fairy Princess. The author, identified as "The Boss," provides advice about how to get a job ("don't bring your gerbil") and how to conduct one's self during the interview ("don't bite the Boss when he is talking to you"). While the text is whimsical, the illustrations are the star of the book. On some pages there are as many as seven funny illustrations, each one depicting a different character or animal involved in a career search. These illustrations contain enough information that they comprise miniature stories in their own right, and parents and children may find that they spend more time laughing at them than at the text. The pictures also provide teachers using this book in the classroom with ample opportunities to engage their students. This book is part of the "How To" series that includes How to be a Baby... by Me, the Big Sister. The pages are not numbered. Parents should be aware that there are some humorous references to pooping and throwing up. Reviewer: Leona Illig
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375966644
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Series: How To Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Lloyd-Jones
SALLY LLOYD-JONES is the author of the companion books, How to Be a Baby . . . by Me, the Big Sister, which was a New York Times Bestseller and Notable Book, and earned two starred reviews; and How to Get Married . . . by Me, the Bride. She is also the author of Being a Pig Is Nice, illustrated by Dan Krall. She worked in children's publishing for several years, leaving in 2000 to write full-time.

SUE HEAP is the illustrator of the companion books, How to Be a Baby . . . by Me, the Big Sister, and How to Get Married . . . by Me, the Bride. She also wrote and illustrated Danny's Drawing Book, which received a starred review in Kirkus Reviews, and Cowboy Baby, which won the Smarties Gold Award in the picture book category.

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  • Posted January 7, 2012

    Great Read Aloud!

    This book was so much fun to read to my second graders. They were totally into the book.

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