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Kindergarten-Grade 3–Jack, the handsomely rugged superhero of MacDonald's Another Perfect Day, is back to grapple with his next big challenge–a new baby sister. Something is missing from his perfect life, but his initial longing and then enthusiasm for someone to play with quickly fades as the wee tiny baby grows and grows to such a size that Jack (the man) can be squashed under her palm. Her stature is eclipsed only by the enormity of her mischief–she breaks toys, draws and paints all over walls and floors, and generally terrorizes and blames Jack, while his oblivious parents dote on their little girl. Relief comes when the bad baby finally falls asleep. The tongue-in-cheek, straightforward narrative enclosed within softly colored, shaded rectangles is juxtaposed with text bubbles and explosive lettering incorporated into the pictures. But it's the stylized cartoon art in warm '40s comic-book colors that provides the subtext and tells the real story as our tiny hero is victimized by the giant toddler. Every child's fantasy is realized in the clever device of Jack's transformation from little boy to grown-up man and back again. And every older sibling's jealousy and frustration at the arrival of a new baby is here in this classic case of be careful what you wish for wrapped up in a hilarious romp.–Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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*Starred Review* K-Gr. 2. Jack is back! Yes, the square-jawed, business-suit-wearing superhero who starred in Another Perfect Day (2002) is having another perfect day--saving the world, diving into mountains of jelly beans, driving rocket cars, besting dragons. You know, the usual. And yet . . . something is missing. What could it be? Someone to play with--a baby sister. Well, be careful what you wish for, kiddo, since the kewpie-doll baby soon grows to monstrous proportions, and she wrecks everything: "It's not fair!" It sure is funny, though. Once again, MacDonald's 1930's and 1940's comic-book art steals the show, as his richly imaginative, highly stylized pictures invest a deadpan text with laugh-out-loud humor and wonderfully comic inventiveness. Sure, young children won't recognize the retro references, but they'll be too busy laughing at the offbeat visuals and their jokes to care. Adults will have a swell time, too. Michael Cart
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; First Edition edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596430648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596430648
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,300,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ross MacDonald is an author, designer, letterpress printer and illustrator.

His illustrations have appeared in many publications including Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Rolling Stone, and was the subject of a one man retrospective show at the New York Times. He has written and illustrated several children's books, and - with co-author James Victore - the recent adult parody In and Out with Dick and Jane. His illustrations for that book won a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators.

He has also worked on many movies as an illustrator, prop maker and consultant on period design, printing, paper and documents.

He Lives in Connecticut with his wife, 2 kids, 2 dogs, 4 cats and a large collection of 19th century type and printing equipment.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kissproofgirl on October 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
What do they mean 'for ages 4 to 8'? Keep the kiddies' hands off this one! This book is a golden dreamscape gone crazy that adults will love as much as children. Ross MacDonald is simply the best illustrator around--I've been known to tear his illustrations out of magazines to save the always hilarious yet somehow also poignant, vintage-looking pictures. There's something about the warm glow in his illustrations that recalls a 1930s illustrated magazine, but you look a little closer and realize there's a very hip and very funny mind at work behind the drawings. Who else would call a kids' book BAD BABY (besides every kid)? This is his best book yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on July 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
All about the trials and tribulations Jack has with his baby sister. What's great is that the text is written neutrally - you could almost think it's praising the sister except, of course, that it's not.

I would not, of course, recommend this book for any child apprehensive about an upcoming addition to the family. Might make them even more nervous, especially the scenes where the oblivious grown-ups call Jack's sister "cute" even as she destroys his things. Though really, if you couldn't figure that out by the title of this book...!
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Even though young Jack's life is just about perfect, he still feels that somehow something is missing -- maybe someone to play with? Then his new baby sister arrives much to his delight. But then his baby sister starts turning Jack's world upside down with a mischievousness that his parents appear to be totally oblivious too! It seems that having a baby sister is a lot more work than Jack had ever expected. Young readers ages 3 to 7 will thoroughly enjoy Ross MacDonald's simple and engaging story so wonderfully enhanced by his colorful artwork. Bad Baby would make a very welcome and popular addition to family, school, and community library picturebook collections for young readers.
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First we totally fell in love with the wonderful illustrations and humor in ANOTHER PERFECT DAY, then my son and I busted a gut with the laugh out loud funny BAD BABY. We cracked up at everything from the look on Jack's face when he's scorched by kid sister's noise in peek-a-BOO to Jack getting shoved in the face with a giant size babyspoon full of liver and spinach sludge. My son loved it so much he packed it in his backpack to share with friends at school.
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