There's Going to Be a Baby

There's Going to Be a Baby

by John Burningham


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In a first-time creative pairing, two of the world’s most treasured picture book creators offer a truly delightful book for new-siblings-to-be. (Ages 2 and up)

When is the new baby coming? What will we call it? What will he do? We don’t really need a baby, do we? With sensitivity and wit, John Burningham follows the swirl of questions in the mind of a young child anticipating a baby sibling with excitement, curiosity, and just a bit of trepidation. In perfect tandem, Helen Oxenbury captures the child’s loving interactions with his mother—along with the fanciful future scenarios he imagines for the new family member he has yet to meet. Combining a warm, timeless story with illustrations both freshly enchanting and wonderfully nostalgic, this gorgeous book has all the hallmarks of a classic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781406331080
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 09/28/2011
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

John Burningham (1936-2019) was one of the world’s most recognized and beloved illustrators. His work has received countless awards, including a Boston GlobeHorn Book honor for It’s a Secret! and two Kate Greenaway Medals. Over his fifty-year career, John Burningham wrote and illustrated more than thirty picture books, including Picnic, Motor Miles, and Mouse House. He and his wife, Helen Oxenbury, had three children.

Helen Oxenbury, a two-time winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal among many other awards, has illustrated such Candlewick books as ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, BIG MOMMA MAKES THE WORLD, FARMER DUCK, WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT, and SO MUCH! She lives in London with her husband, John Burningham.

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Theres Going to Be a Baby 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
SJKessel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meh.No father figure.Imagines types of jobs baby could have.Grandfather randomly appears at the end.
Lauramel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As usual, John Burningham produces cute and lively illustrations in this book. It would be very good for a child expecting a sibling as it points out all of the things a baby can be a useful addition to a child's life.
claire.cavell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mom tells the little boy that she is going to have a baby. He has lots of questions and thinks of things the baby can do like, work in the park, sail a boat, and even be a chef. The boy is also nervous about the idea of having a baby around but that soon changes into excitement when the baby arrives.
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beadora More than 1 year ago
The charming illustrations compliment this story about a little boy's attempt to get his mind around the coming of a new baby into his up-to-now prerfect world. It is hysterically funny wathing the little fella imagine what the baby might be able to do and then what disasters will ensue. I loved this book!