From School Library Journal
Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2 Boss Baby is here and he's just as capricious and demanding as any corporate CEO. From midnight meetings to made-to-order drinks, this little tyrant keeps his staff of two on the run until they finally pass out from exhaustion and fail to respond to his calls. He resorts to some out-of-the-box thinking and discovers two magic words that quickly bring Mom and Dad back to attention. Frazee's '50s-inspired pencil and watercolor illustrations set the tone, beginning with the cover image, where Boss Baby appears stern-faced in his suit-and-tie onesie beside a smiley-face rattle that has clearly failed to amuse. The author again proves her storytelling chops and her artistic genius in this tongue-in-cheek tale in which text and image overlap seamlessly to deliver a perfectly timed punch line. Parents and older siblings will best appreciate both the visual humor and the new-baby blues presented here. Offer this read-aloud to families experiencing their own infantile corporate takeover. Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
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Starring an imperious infant in a Wall Street–worthy, suit-style onesie, this farcical picture book has fun with the ubiquitous jokes that the baby is the boss in any household. The tot lays down the law from the minute a taxi drops him at his parents’ door. With a giant briefcase in tow, the tyrannical executive schedules round-the-clock “meetings” (diaper changes and feedings, as the pictures reveal) until he grinds his beleaguered team into unresponsive exhaustion. How does he prod them back to work? With his first “Ma-ma” and “Da-da,” of course. Paired with perfectly timed, deadpan text, Frazee’s artwork is as slyly comic and artfully expressive as ever, but all the business-world in-jokes, such as the spread featuring the baby’s “executive perks” (including baby-bottle cocktails), feel targeted more toward weary parents than a picture-book audience. Even if they don’t get every reference, though, kids (especially older siblings) may enjoy the silliness in the images as well as the underlying truths about how a baby’s arrival changes a family. Simon James’ Baby Brains (2004) offers a more kid-friendly spin on the superadvanced-baby story. Grades K-2. --Gillian Engberg