by Nanette Newman, Liz Moyes

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Another in the long list of adjusting-to-a-new-baby books, this British import has little to recommend it. Amy's parents seem not to have read anything about the arrival of a new sibling. Her mother tells her, ``I've got a baby in my tummy.'' When Amy asks if she couldn't have a dog instead she replies, ``Now don't be silly.'' So much for using correct terminology and responding to a child's questions. After the usual jealousy and regression, Amy gradually grows to love her new brother; when he is almost two, she truthfully tells her friend that she'd rather have Ben than a dog. Despite the title, the concept of sharing is barely present. While the thin, predictable story goes on too long, Moyes' illustrations somewhat compensate. They range from decorative insets to paintings framed by toys, dreams, bath items, and other motifs related to each picture. Amy's growth from toddler to preschooler is chronicled in paintings that develop and extend her character. However, a far better book on the subject is Hutchins' The Very Worst Monster (Greenwillow, 1985). --Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ

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