Lizzie loves to make up stories and tell them to anyone and everyone, even though now that her annoying baby brother, Marvin, has joined the family, no one has time to listen. She's so full of ideas, it seems like nothing can stop her. And then one day, something does. What's a star writer to do?
Lizzie finds inspiration where she least expects it in this funny picture book, illustrated with energy and pizzazz by award-winning artist Tricia Tusa.
Once Upon a Baby Brother is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||9.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Sarah Sullivan is the author of Dear Baby: Letters from Your Big Brother (0763621269), illustrated by Paul Meisel. She lives in West Virginia.
Tricia Tusa's illustrations appear in many acclaimed picture books, including the Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book In a Blue Room (978-0152059927) by Jim Averbeck. She lives in New Mexico.
Reading Group Guide
1. What does Lizzie use to write her stories? (knowledge)
2. Why doesn't Lizzie like her little brother, Marvin? (comprehension)
3. Tell about an event at your house that changed your life. Tell how things were before this event and afterwards. (application)
4. Does Marvin make Lizzie a better writer? Why or why not? (analysis)
5. Look at the story that Lizzie wrote and illustrated about the beautiful princess and her ugly baby brother. How do you think Lizzie might revise this story now? (synthesis)
6. Everyone thinks Lizzie is a great writer. Do you agree? What makes her stories so entertaining? Look at the faces of the people who are listening to her story about the girl who became president and lived in the White House. How does Lizzie's story make them feel? (evaluation)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This tender book introduces reader to imaginative Lizzie with a talent for creative writing, who finds her inspiration in the last place she would like to admit, her new, demanding baby brother, Marvin.
When he goes away on a trip, Lizzie, who loves to tell and write stories, is surprised to discover that much of her storytelling inspiration comes from her messy baby brother Marvin. This book is really cute. I would read this book to my students to show that you can get inspiration from anywhere.
"Once Upon a Baby Brother" by Sarah Sullivan was just perfect. It was Grandbabe boy's actually birthday as Grandbabe girl's birthday was the day before. It was so fun to hear the fantastic stories that Lizzie makes up. But with a new baby brother in the house it is harder to get anyone to notice her. But never fail Lizzie can come up with a great new story.