Shirley's Wonderful Babyby Valiska Gregory, Bruce Degen
Everything Shirley's new baby brother, Stanley, does is wonderful. Wonderful, that is, to everyone except for Shirley. What's so special about a baby that looks like a prune, has legs like a turkey, and drools? Only Ms. Mump, the baby-sitter, agrees that babies aren't that interesting, especially with their wet diapers, burping, and constant need for/b>
Everything Shirley's new baby brother, Stanley, does is wonderful. Wonderful, that is, to everyone except for Shirley. What's so special about a baby that looks like a prune, has legs like a turkey, and drools? Only Ms. Mump, the baby-sitter, agrees that babies aren't that interesting, especially with their wet diapers, burping, and constant need for attention. But then Ms. Mump and Shirley discover that being Stanley's big sister is what's most wonderful of all.
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- 8.75(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
Valiska Gregory is the author of A Valentine For Norman Noggs, illustrated by Marsha Winborn. The idea for Shirley's Wonderful Baby came from one of her favorite bookstore owners. When she asked Shirley Mullin of Kids Ink Children's Bookstore about her new grandchild, Shirley would always reply, "He's wonderful!" The author thought that an older sibling might have a slightly different point of view.
Ms. Gregory lives with her husband in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she is Writer-in-Residence at Butler University.
Bruce Degen is the bestselling author and illustrator of the beloved, perennial favorite Jamberry and numerous award-winning books for children. He is the author and illustrator of Daddy Is a Doodlebug and Sailaway Home as well as the illustrator of the highly acclaimed Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole; the ever-popular Jesse Bear books by Nancy White Carlstrom; Jazzmatazz! by Stephanie Calmenson; and Shirley's Wonderful Baby by Valiska Gregory (available at your local library).
Bruce Degen's involvement with art has ranged from painting and printmaking to teaching art in New York City schools and directing an artists' lithography studio in Israel. Mr. Degen studied art at the Cooper Union and Pratt Institute. He was born in Brooklyn, New York—just like Charlie Muttnik—and now lives with his family in Connecticut.
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Little hippo Shirley gets exactly what any child having difficulty adjusting to the arrival of a new sibling needs when Ms. Mump the babysitter arrives. Everyone thinks Shirley¿s baby brother Stanley is simply ¿wonderful.¿ Shirley doesn¿t understand as she questions ¿[w]hat¿s so wonderful about a baby with legs like a turkey,¿ ¿who looks like a prune,¿ drools and spits a lot, and can¿t even talk. She¿s elated when Ms. Mump arrives declaring she doesn¿t like babies and spends the entire afternoon playing with Shirley. Ms. Mump doesn¿t even want to take care of Stanley when he wakes up and needs attention. She just tells Shirley how to do it. Shirley changes his diaper, feeds, comforts, and entertains him. In the process, she bonds with him. Ms. Mump¿s broad smile of satisfaction in the end suggests this was her plan all along ¿ to trick Shirley into falling in love with Stanley. This heartwarming tale is told with charming, cartoonish hippos that dress and act like humans in settings that are an interesting mix of gouche over collage and finished with pen and ink. Recommended for all children aged 3 to 8 and highly recommended those with younger siblings.