Eldest siblings of the world can unite behind the older sister in this picture book, who expresses her frustrations at the arrival of a new baby in rhyme: “Everything is changed. / I’m not the one and only. / My whole life’s rearranged.” The young speaker is frustrated that her new brother excels at only a few things: purloining previously spoken-for teddy bears and parental attentions, sleeping, eating, and filling his diaper. Fortunately, as the pages turn, the girl changes her tune and admits that the little guy is awfully cute and may just be of some use, once “he’s a brother, not a baby!” Appelt sums up feelings authentically in this quick, sympathetic read, and as the blues transform into a hymn, they’re accompanied by attractive, if not particularly noteworthy, illustrations. This title doesn’t break new ground, but kids may find that this offers a reassurance of love and hope for better times to come, just when they need it most. Preschool-Grade 2. --Andrew Medlar
Kathi Appelt is the award-winning author of many children's books, including Bat Jamboree, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, and Incredible Me!, illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Ms. Appelt teaches creative writing to both children and adults and lives in College Station, Texas.
Kelly Murphy is the illustrator of several children's books, including her own The Boll Weevil Ball. Ms. Murphy graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and currently resides in Massachusetts.