Ma! There's Nothing to Do Here!: A Word from Your Baby-in-Waiting

Ma! There's Nothing to Do Here!: A Word from Your Baby-in-Waiting


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“Ma! there’s nothing to do here!” complains the precocious protagonist of this rhyming tale set entirely in utero. It’s not exactly a scintillating experience spending nine months in your mother’s womb. You’re just stuck there at the end of that dumb bungee cord (a.k.a. the umbilical cord), with nothing whatsoever to do but slosh around. But, oh, the endless joys you have to look forward to as you listen to the tick-tock of ma’s happy heart clock and await that happy day when you finally come out to play.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375838521
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/22/2008
Series: Picture Book
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 226,629
Product dimensions: 9.88(w) x 10.06(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

BARBARA PARK is best known as the author of the wildly popular New York Times bestselling Junie B. Jones series, which has kept kids (and their grown-ups) laughing—and reading—for over two decades. Beloved by millions, the Junie B. Jones books have been translated into multiple languages and are a time-honored staple in elementary school classrooms around the world. Barbara once said, “I’ve never been sure whether Junie B.’s fans love her in spite of her imperfections…or because of them. But either way, she’s gone out into the world and made more friends than I ever dreamed possible.”

Barbara Park is also the author of award-winning middle grade novels and bestselling picture books, including Skinnybones, Mick Harte Was Here, and Ma! There’s Nothing to Do Here!

Barbara Park was born in New Jersey in 1947 and spent most of her adult life in Arizona, where she and her husband, Richard, raised two sons. Barbara died in 2013, but her legacy lives on in the laughter her books give to readers all over the world.


Scottsdale, Arizona

Date of Birth:

April 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Mt. Holly, New Jersey


B.S., University of Alabama, 1969

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Ma! There's Nothing to Do Here! 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a cute book! I by for all of my prego friends
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love to give this book as a shower gift. It's fun to read to a child once they know they came from Mommy's tummy, but it's even more fun for Mommy and Daddy to read while they wait for baby. Often when you give a picture book, it sits on the shelf waiting for the child to arrive or waiting for the child to be the appropriate age. This one is really for Mom. The illustrations are not the best ever and the baby in question may not really be an "it", but they're cute and it will make the expectant parents smile.
deespicks More than 1 year ago
Ma! There's Nothing to Do Here! is a must have for both mom and or older siblings. The description of life inside before you come out of Mommy's belly is not only wonderfully illustrated by Viviana Garofoli, but the rhyming of the text makes you laugh out loud because baby is describing life so perfectly. I gave this to my daughter first, and now it is a regular purchase for all those who tell me they're expecting. This is a 5 star rating for the creative way Barbara Park writes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for Expectant mothers for a baby shower , all the mothers I gave this too have loved it and read even after the baby is born
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book by Barbara Parks gives a unique look at what your baby might be thinking while waiting to be born. Very colorful, well-written and both amusing and poignant. A great gift to bring for a baby shower!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this as a gift to my daughter on Mother's Day. She is expecting her first child and my first grandchild. She loved it. Her husband got a kick out of it, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Junie B. Jones fan and was surprised when a co-worker handed me this picture book today. I am 5 months pregnant with my first child and reading it was very special. This book is so sweet and funny. I'm going to Barnes and Noble tomorrow to get my own copy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book as a gift and LOVE it. It's a cute book to read with kids but there is also something very special about reading this book when you are expecting. It reminds of you all the special things happening. Great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This fun little book is my new favorite! It's an absolutely perfect book for a mom-to-be, but is also so fun to read to little ones or even to yourself! My boys love the fun rhymes and colorful illustrations, as do I. This one is a playful and heartwarming book that you simply can't miss!
tlwood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This amusing book is told from an unborn baby's perspective as it waits impatiently to be born. The rhyming is cute and the illustrations are fabulous. Though listed as a young children's book, it seems more suited as an expectant mother's book. I thought at first it could be used as a concept book to explain or answer questions a young child might have about a new baby sibling, and it actually might be a book kids would enjoy, but it's more of an entertainment than an actual "education." It is mighty cute.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Nice follow-up to her other books. Taken from the perspective of a baby in the womb, your children will be intrigued with the idea.