Robins adds another volume to the vast library of books designed to help older siblings adjust to the arrival of a new baby. Unlike many such books, this one follows the baby from his first days through his first stepsa process that older siblings need to understand. The narrator, a boy named Kit, expresses the usual ambivalent, ultimately positive feelings about his younger brother. The suspense builds, as readers wonder just what will make Will walk. Then on the last page, Will suddenly seems to have been walking for a while already. The cognitive leap in logic is one some childrenand adultsmay not be able to make on first reading, which weakens the ending. Hafner's illustrations are sweet and pleasantly crowded with homespun details. (4-8)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 ``When Will came to my house, he was six days old. He looked like this.'' So preschooler Kit begins an album of brother Will's development. As Will grows, so does Kit's enthusiasm, through Will's first birthday, by which time he can walk and talk. Mild and loving, this progress is told from a preschooler's perspective. It is peopled with a mild and rosy family, including a cheery grandmother who is a constant presence in the art but never mentioned in the text. Primary colors and plenty of informal detail help to portray their close relationship, enhanced by illustrations which always focus on family interactions. This mood/concept book will be especially enjoyed by families with babies by birth or adoption. It does a fine job of reinforcing the extended family model as well. . . . Will 's quiet tone and cluttered disarray make it a pleasing selection for individual sharing. Carolyn Noah, Worcester Public Library, Mass.