From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2–Mike, who will be a big brother soon, writes letters to his unborn sibling. After Erica is born, and his friend Rishi also has a new sister, the boys get caught up in a competition about whose new sister is the most amazing. Mike continues to write to his sibling and soon has a full-fledged scrapbook, which he presents to Erica on her first birthday. The book does an excellent job of revealing the fears and joys that accompany the arrival of a new family member. As Erica grows, Mike grows into his role. The letters are natural and convincing, and the artwork, represented as Mike's, shows him to be a sensitive, creative child. Because of the scrapbook layout, this title is best suited for independent readers or one-on-one. It's a fine choice for any new baby collection, not to mention a good introduction to the artistry and fun of scrapbooks.–Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA
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PreS-K. The classic sibling rivalry story of the preschooler coping with a new baby in the family is told with honesty and fun in this lively picture book. Words and pictures reveal Mike's mixed feelings, both excited and wary, before the baby is born ("There is not a lot of extra room in our house"), and then jealous, angry, protective, and loving through the ups and downs of baby Erica's first year. Meisel's mixed-media illustrations give each spacious double-page spread the look of a scrapbook, combining "photos" in ink and watercolor with Mike's crayon pictures, cards, and notices. Along the way, Mike also talks about his life at school and with his friend, who also has a new baby sister. As in Paula Danziger's Baby, I Was Here First
(2004), the appeal is in the truth about the sense of displacement and the growing affection. Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved