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Not bad bad, but cute bad. Really cute. Bad Baby is a screamingly funny collection of 247 priceless baby photos matched with candid captions.There’s Gabriella at the wheel of the family SUV: “Don’t try to stop me—I’ve put up with you for eleven months.”Chelsea, wearing only a diaper, who says: “You know that slogan, ‘Just do it’? I just did.”Danny, chilling on his baby lounger: “I’m in the wetness protection program.”The tough, cell phone-toting Olivia: “To be honest, Jake, nobody wants to work with a leading man who’s not toilet trained.”Kieran, sighing in his crib: “Merciful God, if she winds up that musical mobile once more, my head’s going to implode.”And the squinting Isabel, illustrating Bad Baby Early Warning Sign #333: Baby bores visitors with endless Don Corleone impersonations.Full of utterly adorable faces matched with the full range of baby badness—unrepentent antinappers, street-corner Similac dealers, rebels in a puppy suit—Bad Baby gives voice to the secret inner world of babies, where there’s clearly a lot more going on than wondering where their next binky’s coming from.
|Publisher:||Workman Publishing Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||4.14(w) x 6.02(h) x 0.69(d)|
About the Author
Rob Battles is Senior Vice President of Creative Services for Rainbow, a cable network company.
Harry Prichett is a former member of Chicago City Limits and the creator of the off-off-Broadway one-man show, Work=Pain=Success.
R.D. Rosen is an Edgar Award–winning mystery novelist and a humorist whose work has appeared on PBS, HBO, CBS, and—with Harry Prichett—on National Public Radio.
Being a baby’s not easy. Conditions are less than ideal. You have negligible motor and language skills. You can’t always get your hands on food when you want it. House pets are bigger than you, often by a multiple of five or six. Then, of course, you have parents, and not of your own choosing. They don’t understand how rich and complicated your emotional life is. Indeed, they spew only nonsense syllables.
Remember what it was like? Don’t lie. If you remembered, you’d have been hard pressed to make babies of your own. Thanks to the blissful collective amnesia that renders early childhood a blur of relatives’ faces and bathroom emergencies, most babies sail blithely off toward adulthood, a stage of life when they themselves will start cooing and ooohing and aaahing over babies. Why? Because they have completely repressed what it’s like to be one.
Well, look what the stork just brought: Two-hundred-and-forty-some-odd tots to remind you that babies have a lot more on their minds than where their next baba is coming from. Each photo in this book features a refreshingly churlish cherub. A little devil in diapers. A precious bundle of candor, ingratitude, and…okay, sheer joy.
So, turn the page and watch out for drool. And none of that kitchy-kitchy-koo stuff.
R.D. Rosen, Harry Pritchett, Rob Battles