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How to Get Married ... by Me, the Bride

How to Get Married ... by Me, the Bride

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by Sally Lloyd-Jones, Sue Heap (Illustrator)

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Our know-it-all narrator is at it again, in this hilarious companion to the New York Times bestselling How to Be a Baby . . . by Me, the Big Sister. Take it from the six-year-old “bride-to-be”: No one will marry you if you don’t ever brush your hair and it looks like a bird’s nest back there. And never get


Our know-it-all narrator is at it again, in this hilarious companion to the New York Times bestselling How to Be a Baby . . . by Me, the Big Sister. Take it from the six-year-old “bride-to-be”: No one will marry you if you don’t ever brush your hair and it looks like a bird’s nest back there. And never get married when it’s dark, because you might not see the groom, and marry the wrong person. When you have found your Own True Love, you must ask permission. “Can I marry you please?” you say. “Yes, please,” he says.

Here is the perfect book for kids who play pretend and throw mock weddings, and also for grown-ups who are actual brides-to-be. And don't miss the third installment in the How-to Series, How to Get a Job . . . By Me, the Boss.

Editorial Reviews

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Review, The New York Times Book Review, June 14, 2009:
"The sage advice is wittily illustrated ... and full of ideas for playing wedding make-believe, involving cake, presents, and pets."
Publishers Weekly

From the creators of How to Be a Baby... by Me, the Big Sister, comes a rambunctious and entertaining "guide" to getting married, narrated by an overzealous little bride. There are a few rules-"you can marry anyone you like! (Except they need to like you back)"-and traditions ("Now you throw a big bunch of flowers at people's heads"), but this bride's idea of marriage is all about pretend: when it comes time to say "I do," she's wearing a paper crown and the groom, a feathery, blue wig. With just a wisp of practical advice, this is a stylish and witty companion book. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
From the same creative team responsible for the New York Times bestseller How to Be a Baby…by Me, the Big Sister comes this flippant and funny sequel. In this one, the child narrator (sort of a post-modern Emily Post) instructs her reader on the etiquette of finding the right person to marry, popping the question, and planning the ceremony from the Valentine art-inspired invitation to the Married People cartwheel of joy. The action takes place at the narrator's daycare, with plenty of fun activities shown on each of the hardcover picture book's pages—the illustrations alone would keep young readers thumbing through, trying to absorb the entire book! The tone of the text is a marriage of sweet, childlike innocence and wry, wiser-than-her-years humor. Heap's linear, loose, full-color renderings feature an appropriately pink-and-pastel palette, depicting the bouncy narrator and her daycare buddies as they all play dress-up in order to act out a wedding. After the "TONS of presents" are opened and the cake with "LOTS of icing" is eaten, the bride, groom, and wedding party settle on the couch to wait for their daddies and mommies to pick them up, and to tell them all about their Happily-Ever-After Wedding. This is a charming title for nursery schools, preschools, and, of course, for any little bride-to-be in your family. Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

The all-knowing narrator from How to Be a Baby-by Me, the Big Sister (Random, 2007) is back with more advice in this fun-filled guide to finding the perfect mate and planning a wonderful wedding. Using the same step-by-step format found in the earlier title, the precocious little girl shares her observations on what to look for in a spouse (nose picking is not acceptable) as well as what details are important to remember when planning for the big day. The advice is delivered in a running commentary as well as in lists of boxed text. Good places to get married include a castle, up a tree, or your playroom. The acrylic cartoons are filled with fun details that match the lively charm of the text. After the festivities, "the bride" says goodbye to the guests, skips all the way home holding her daddy's hand, and tells him all about her day. This book is sure to be a hit with fans of the first title as well as with the "Fancy Nancy" (HarperCollins) crowd.-Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA

Kirkus Reviews
With comical insouciance, a self-appointed bridal expert discourses on all things matrimonial. From courtship through the reception, a diminutive bride-to-be offers advice on a plethora of wedding minutiae. Moving along at a jaunty pace, tongue-in-cheek dialogue strives to accommodate all eventualities. A litany of spousal choices ranging from a favored flower to your best friend is bound to tickle funny bones. Kernels of wisdom are freely scattered throughout the tale. As the narrator sagely observes, regarding potential bridegrooms, "If you marry a noisy shouting person, he will give you a headache." This sprightly tale offers readers a hilarious and mostly on-target child's-eye perception of what are the really important parts of weddings. Heap's acrylic-and-crayon illustrations reflect the playfulness of the tale. Her sketches of the child bride-to-be blithely orchestrating her big day with her friends, who happily throw themselves into the playacting, are an integral component of the story's joie de vivre. Aspiring brides and starry-eyed flower girls alike will be enchanted. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
How to Series
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Sally Lloyd Jones is the author of the companion book, How to Be a Baby . . .by Me, the Big Sister, which was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Children's Book, and earned two starred reviews. She lives in New York, New York.

Sue Heap is the illustrator of the companion book, How to Be a Baby . . . by Me, the Big Sister. She lives in Chipping-Norton, England.

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How to Get Married ... by Me, the Bride 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Magdalena25 More than 1 year ago
This is a sick and twisted book. It teaches kids that it's okay to marry your father, pet or even a flower. It's audience: 4-8 year olds. Sick sick mind!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Parents wake up! How many of you tell ur toddler it is Ok to marry your father, an animal, a stone? I don't know anyone who would tell this to a child except maybe to cover up incest. I can't believe the naivete of people
tho1990 More than 1 year ago
This is a really cute story of a little girl's dream of getting married. I think every little girl has that dream of getting married someday. This story has wonderufl humor in it that can be enjoyable for both adults and children. For children it shows them how to use their imagination for adults it is a good laugh about how we saw weddings to be when we were children.
Lisa-HHI More than 1 year ago
This book is adorable. I am a wedding planner and will be giving this book as a gift to my new clients. Very humorous and written from a kids "point of view." Certainly, not to be taken seriously as the first reviewer indicates. I am stunned anyone would actually write a review like that about a kids book. Obviously, you can't marry a flower. Actually, my daughters held a mock wedding and my 4 year old married a gorilla. I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to post like the previous person before me and agree with her. It is a funny book for CHILDREN! Also, many little girls talk about how they want to marry their daddy. It is super cute and I actually intend to send this to a girlfriend, for a little laugh and a little pick me up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I HAD to respond to this book and 100% contradict the previous review. This book is a delight! I read it to my Kindergarten class and we ALL enjoyed it. It's CHILDREN'S book meant to be enjoyed by CHILDREN... not adults who take everything literally. There is nothing "sick" about it. Your kids (especially little girls) will love it!