From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1—"Today, our baby is not laughing," begins this slight story. Ma, Pa, Grandma, Grandpa, the dog, and the cat try, but none of them can make the child smile. Suddenly, "I came in." Predictably, "I" is an older sibling, the one who makes the baby laugh. The childlike pastel-outlined mixed-media illustrations feature a cast of characters with round heads, large round eyes, and shaggy hair. The women sport tiny, brightly colored bowlike lips, while the men have lines for mouths. Although the art is appealing enough, with plenty of white space and soft-edged characters, the seemingly random decision to dress Grandma as a fairy and Grandpa as a pirate is a bit strange. The text reads fairly smoothly, although some children may find the overuse of larger type for emphasis somewhat off-putting. Ultimately, the plot is so slight as to be almost nonexistent, the sudden change in point of view is jarring, and the story has been done many times before. For more successful treatments of ways to make a fussy baby smile, go with Phyllis Root's What Baby Wants
(Candlewick, 1998), Frieda Wishinsky's Oonga Boonga
(Dutton, 1999), or Cressida Cowell's What Shall We Do with the Boo-Hoo Baby?
(Scholastic, 2000).—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Delightfully entertaining and packed with wonderful expressions on baby's face, this is a book to prompt talking about feelings and moods. Carousel Young children under 5 loved this story with its large, clear and colourful pictures of a disconcerted baby wearing several stormy expressions, until the final picture where baby is hooting with glee. Some of the characters are dressed up as a fairy, pirate or cowboy which the children also appreciated. A very entertaining book. School Librarian
--This text refers to an alternate