The Baby That Roared

The Baby That Roared

by Simon Puttock, Nadia Shireen
     
 

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When Mr. and Mrs. Deer find a little antlered bundle on the doorstep, Mrs. Deer thinks their wish for a baby has come true; Mr. Deer thinks that the baby is very, very peculiar. It won’t stop roaring, so they ask advice from friends and family, who in turn send them off to fetch what they think the baby needs. But each time Mr. and Mrs. Deer return home from

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When Mr. and Mrs. Deer find a little antlered bundle on the doorstep, Mrs. Deer thinks their wish for a baby has come true; Mr. Deer thinks that the baby is very, very peculiar. It won’t stop roaring, so they ask advice from friends and family, who in turn send them off to fetch what they think the baby needs. But each time Mr. and Mrs. Deer return home from an errand, someone is missing and the baby is still roaring. It takes wise old Granny Bear to spot the problem. The baby’s not a baby - it’s a little monster! A very hungry monster at that. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Part of the charm of this mischievous story from Puttock (Little Lost Cowboy) is that readers know more than the main characters, a childless deer couple that don’t know how to deal with the baby they find on their doorstep. Mr. and Mrs. Deer can’t understand why the baby—which has blue fur, a pair of taped-on antlers, and a lot of teeth—keeps roaring. Their friends try to help, but disappear whenever they are left alone with the baby (“How very peculiar!” say the deer). Shireen is a smart choice to illustrate, given the similarly wicked humor that propelled her Good Little Wolf (2011); her mixed-media art plays up both the baby’s maniacal tendencies and the other animals’ cluelessness. Characters such as Uncle Duncan (a purple owl) and Auntie Agnes (a blue rabbit) get prim accessories like a beret and scarf—accessories that are all that remain of said characters until the baby burps them up and runs off. The repetitive structure and subversive humor should make this a storytime favorite. Ages 3–up. Agent: Jodie Marsh, United Agents. Illustrator’s agent: Penny Holroyde, the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency. (July)
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Children will absolutely delight in the silliness of this book. The illustrations are colorful, engaging, and quite funny... A great read-aloud or lap read, this one will have older children checking to see if their younger siblings are what they seem.
—School Library Journal

Part of the charm of this mischievous story from Puttock is that readers know more than the main characters, a childless deer couple that don’t know how to deal with the baby they find on their doorstep. . . Shireen is a smart choice to illustrate, given the similarly wicked humor that propelled her GOOD LITTLE WOLF (2011); her mixed-media art plays up both the baby’s maniacal tendencies and the other animals’ cluelessness. . .The repetitive structure and subversive humor should make this a storytime favorite.
—Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
One day Mr. and Mrs. Deer, who long for a baby of their own, find one on their doorstep. Although it looks a bit peculiar, Mrs. Deer happily cuddles it. But when she puts it down, it gives "a great big ROAR!" Thinking it is hungry, she tries to feed it, but it rejects everything. For help, they consult Uncle Duncan, an owl, who suggests milk, but then disappears as the baby continues to roar. A bad smell makes them think it needs a new diaper. Auntie Agnes, a rabbit, sends them for diapers, etc. When they return, she is gone and the baby is still roaring. Dr. Fox sends them away while he examines the baby. Then he is also gone, but not the roar. It is Granny Bear who finally solves the problem. In this modern fairy tale, the anthropomorphic animals are victims of a bulbous creature with large white eyes, antlers, and a huge mouth filled with pointed teeth. Readers will of course recognize a baby monster. Visualized in mixed media using only stylized images of the characters and the very large "ROAR," the story can be predicted by the reader picturing the nasty actions occurring offstage, as well as what may happen after Mr. and Mrs. Deer find "a sweet little kitten to love instead." Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—"All babies are beautiful" is a common belief among parents, and Mr. and Mrs. Deer are no exception. The happy couple rejoices when a bundle of joy shows up on their doorstep, as they have always wanted a baby to love. However, though this infant sports antlers, it is not very deerlike-in fact, it's spherical and covered in blue fur. As soon as the Deers take him in, the baby won't stop roaring. Like all new parents, they call a lifeline or two to come and help with the fussy youngster. Unfortunately, when the visitors are left alone with it, they quickly disappear. Granny Bear saves the day; when she burps the little troublemaker, all the other visitors are spit back up. Then the "dear little baby" is revealed to be "a LITTLE MONSTER!" Though the creature scampers off, the Deers' empty nest is refilled when a sweet blue "kitten" shows up at the end of the story. Children will absolutely delight in the silliness of this book. The illustrations are colorful, engaging, and quite funny. Be prepared for hilarity when you turn to the "burp!" spread. A great read-aloud or lap read, this one will have older children checking to see if their younger siblings are what they seem.—Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA
Kirkus Reviews
Some parents are blind to the faults of their beloved babies. Mr. and Mrs. Deer are desperate for a baby to love and cuddle and read stories to. One morning they find a roaring bundle on their doorstep: their dream come true! Mr. Deer thinks the baby looks peculiar--it's bright blue, with a lot of sharp teeth--but Mrs. Deer won't hear a word of it. The hungry baby won't eat cheese or toast or vegetables. The Deers ask Uncle Duncan, a purple owl, for advice; Duncan declares that the baby needs warm milk. The Deers heat some in the kitchen, and when they return, Duncan is gone. The same mysterious mishap occurs when the Deers consult Aunt Agnes, a cute blue bunny, for advice on changing baby, and go to Dr. Fox to see if baby is sick. Granny Bear saves the day when she lifts the baby firmly to burp it. She pats and pats and pats, triggering an enormous eruption that unleashes green food bits...and the three missing animal advisors! Grandma Bear declares that it's a "Monster!" Puttock's fractured fairy tale unfolds with measured mirth, and all of Shireen's digitally depicted creatures are adorable, even the little monster. Both cute and creepy; for those seeking relief from unrelieved sweetness in their children's books. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763659035
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
07/10/2012
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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