My Brother Dan's Delicious/Love the Baby

Overview

Sibling life gets interesting in these two favorite selections from award-winning educator and speaker Steven L. Layne.

My Brother Dan's Delicious
Joey has everything going for him: he's smart, he's finally eight (and a half), and his parents at last understand he's old enough to be left at home alone until his older brother, Dan, comes home. And when Joey starts hearing and ...

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Overview

Sibling life gets interesting in these two favorite selections from award-winning educator and speaker Steven L. Layne.

My Brother Dan's Delicious
Joey has everything going for him: he's smart, he's finally eight (and a half), and his parents at last understand he's old enough to be left at home alone until his older brother, Dan, comes home. And when Joey starts hearing and seeing strange things, he has the superior wit to convince any and all possible monsters that his brother is the better choice for dinner.

Love the Baby
Older siblings are notorious for reluctantly welcoming home a new bundle of joy, and many parents know the difficulty of teaching the firstborn to love the baby. When Baby cries and cries one night and no one comes to help, the older brother comes to Baby's rescue. He makes Baby giggle and reads Baby his favorite book. Once Baby is finally asleep, the big brother notices with pride that he really does love the baby after all!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2—An eight-and-a-half-year-old boy succumbs to moments of monster fear when he comes home to an empty house one evening. Thinking quickly, he gets inside the house, identifies possible monster hiding places, and earnestly tries to persuade them to wait for his brother, Dan, and to eat him instead. Dan will be easy to capture, large enough for three good meals, and as tasty as a Thanksgiving turkey already stuffed. Each point is followed by the phrase "My brother Dan's delicious." Conveying cunning, hysteria, and finally relief, Steven L. Layne narrates his story (Pelican, 2003). He explains in an author's note to those who have not seen the book that the dark shadow reaching for the boy is really Dan, home from the movies and now his brother's hero. In Layne's Love the Baby (Pelican, 2007), a bunny finds that his mother, grandmother, and father are all doing special things with the new baby that they once did with him. At first, the older sibling only pretends to love the baby. One night, when the baby cries and cries, the bunny tiptoes into the nursery and does all those special things until the baby falls asleep. No longer pretending, the bunny says "I love my baby." Layne's narration captures the anger, jealousy, and finally love the bunny feels for his sibling. Have the books available to accompany the recording since the wonderful illustrations enhance the texts.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589807419
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Pages: 2
  • Sales rank: 814,753
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

STEVEN L. LAYNE is a professor at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he also serves as director of the Master of Education in Literacy program. His work has been recognized by organizations such as USA Today, the Milken Family Foundation, and the Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Steven L. Layne is the director of the Master of Education in Literacy program at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he is also an associate professor of education and literature. Layne's collection of Pelican books includes several titles in the Night Before Christmas Series, including The Teachers' Night Before Christmas and The Principal's Night Before Christmas; the gift books Verses for Dad's Heart and Verses for Mom's Heart; several picture books; and two young-adult thrillers, Mergers and This Side of Paradise, also available on CD. He lives with his wife and their four children in Illinois.

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