"Boastful parents who can laugh at themselves, as well as their cherished offspring, will find abundant chuckles in these pages," said PW's starred review of Baby Brains. Now the "smartest baby in the whole world" is back for Baby Brains Superstar by Simon James, and after mastering all of the instruments at music school, proudly proclaims, "Rock 'n' roll is where it's at, Mom." Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
To suggest the Mozart Effect had a dramatic effect on Baby Brains would be an understatement. Baby Brains could combine forces with VH1 for their Save the Music foundation to create music awareness and creativity in our schools. Listening intrauterinly to classical music and rock 'n' roll leads to one very smart babyespecially in music. Baby Brains is an accomplished tuba player, cellist, drummer and guitarist. Even his music teacher cannot teach him anything more. Baby Brains is such a superstar he was invited to be the opening act at an outdoor music concertcomplete with all the rock star status. Baby Brains has a special outfit made, his hair (literally) done by a famous stylist and an entrance fit for royalty at the stadium. Unlike other stars, though, one thing is missing. Find out what that could be in the pages of this attractive picture book. The family is portrayed like many other familiesproviding a healthy, creative environment for their child. Readers just might want to re-read James' first "Baby Brains" story to see if he has grown or not. 2005, Candlewick Press, Ages 4 to 8.
PreS-Gr 2-The smartest baby in the whole world, introduced in Baby Brains (Candlewick, 2004), is back. This story is about the emergence of his musical genius: how his mother placed headphones over her tummy to expose Baby to classical music before his birth; how the tiny toddler, adept on toy piano, announces to his parents that he wants to attend music school; how he masters the tuba, cello, and timpani; and how he loves electric guitar best. "`Rock 'n' roll is where it's at, Mom,'" he declares from his stroller. He goes on to give a concert in a gigantic outdoor stadium, where an unintentional song becomes a megahit. Children will love the blue sleeper-suited tyke who graduates from music school after only two weeks, wins a talent contest, and, like many other children, suffers from stage fright. James's pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are cheerful, charming cartoons, expertly rendered for maximum chortles. This book has "star" written all over it.-Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
James coasts through this remake of Baby Brains (2004), changing the milieu but not much else. As his parents once again look on in bemusement, the newborn supergenius takes up music, zips through music school in two weeks and displays such prodigious talent on electric guitar that in no time he's landed an invitation to open a huge rock concert. However, facing the crowd, he suddenly starts bawling for his mother-who fights her way onstage for a cuddle. The ensuing record makes rock-and-roll history; still, Baby Brains retires, preferring to stay home (with occasional outings back to the school to teach). As before, James pokes good-natured fun at parents dazzled by their own offspring's genius, and children will chuckle over the lightly drawn cartoon views of a tiny toddler rocking the house down on full-sized guitars, kettledrums and several other instruments. What will Baby Brains take up next? Art? Cookery? Ballroom dancing? Book reviewing? Stay tuned. (Picture book. 5-7)