Every time Cameron's infant sister cries, his parents seem to have an answer: she's wet, she's hungry, she's tired. And once Cameron knows the problem, he's eager to help out. But Cameron really earns his stripes-and Sadie's first smile-when he's able to soothe a mysterious crying jag after his parents have run out of ideas. Landolf's (Hog and Dog) simple, descriptive writing should go a long way in alleviating-at least momentarily-the anxieties of newly minted sibling rivalry. Johnson and Fancher (Amazing Peace) offer a stunning visual counterpoint with their most luxuriant work to date. It's not entirely successful; the highly wrought backgrounds, created from intricately layered patterns, words and tiny drawings, add little emotional depth. But the team's framing and characterizations are faultless, and their use of life-size-and-larger scale is riveting. If readers aren't distracted by what amounts to weird wallpaper, they'll feel immersed in the intimacy, stress and rewards of tending a newborn. Ages 3-6. (Jan.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
What a Good Big Brother!by Steve Johnson, Lou Fancher (Illustrator)
“Why is Sadie crying?” Cameron asks, and asks, and asks. While Cameron loves his new baby sister, he does not love her crying. Mom and Dad can quiet Sadie by changing her diaper, feeding her, and singing lullabies, but when all else fails, Cameron takes over. A Good Big Brother can rub tummies and kiss toes to turn a whimper into a smile!
With humor and warmth, New York Times bestselling illustrators Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson delightfully illustrate this fresh, positive, and true-to-life spin on getting a new sibling.
Clearly intended for siblings who are adjusting to having a new baby in the house, this didactic story follows a simple pattern: big brother Cameron asks why baby Sophie is crying, Mom or Dad asks the boy's help in changing/feeding/calming her, and Cameron gets praised for being good to his sister. In the end, when his parents are baffled by Sadie's tears, only Cameron can quiet her, and he's rewarded with her first-ever smile. Johnson and Fancher's mixed-media collages shimmer with vivid colors and warm emotions. Close-up paintings of the family expressively convey loving relationships. Backdrops comprised of bright quiltlike swatches superimposed with tiny hands and feet, splotches of color, and random words and letters set off the action. This quiet story of a boy who loves his baby sister will work best shared one-on-one with a child in similar circumstances.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Meet the Author
Diane Wright Landolf is a writer and editor of children’s books. She is the author of Hog and Dog, Sammy’s Bumpy Ride, and Hooray for Halloween. She has a younger sister and many nieces and nephews, but was never very good at getting any of them to stop crying. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, Matt, and son, Owen, who she hopes will be an excellent big brother someday.
Husband and wife team, Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher have collaborated on more than 20 picture books, including the New York Times bestselling My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss, New York’s Bravest by Mary Pope Osborne, and The Boy on Fairfield Street. Most recently they illustrated Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem by Maya Angelou. Steve and Lou live in Moraga, California, with their son, Nicholas. Visit their Web site at www.johnsonandfancher.com
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