Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
There's Going to Be a Baby Hardcover – September 14, 2010
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From School Library Journal
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
More About the Author
John Burningham has since written and illustrated over thirty picture books, that have been translated and distributed all over the world. These feature his classic and much loved children's books including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, by Ian Fleming (Jonathan Cape, 1964); Mr Gumpy's Outing (Jonathan Cape, 1970) also awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal; Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (Jonathan Cape, 1972); The Shopping Basket (Random House, 1980); The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (Penguin/Puffin, 1983); Granpa (Jonathan Cape, 1984) later made into an animated film and Oi! Get off our Train (Jonathan Cape, 1989) and various books for adults England (Jonathan Cape, 1992); France (Jonathan Cape, 1998); The Time of Your Life (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2002) and When We Were Young (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2004).
Tug of War was republished in 2012, and a special edition of Borka, celebrating 50 years in print, was published in June 2013. Picnic appeared in the autumn of 2013 and The Way to the Zoo was published in the UK in 2014. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is celebrating its 50th year in print with a limited edition in hardback to be published in 2015.
John is married to the illustrator, Helen Oxenbury. They have three children, three grandchildren and a dog named Miles. They live in London.
Top Customer Reviews
Anyway, I didn't like the book at all. Here is why:
*No father figure in the book. This may be OK for some people.
*At one point, the little boy in the book even asked his mom: "Why do we have to have a baby, can't it just go away?", and the mom doesn't talk to him about the joys it will bring to the family, or that a baby is a good thing.
*All it is is the boy whining and upset that he doesn't want a sibling. I expected at the end that it was this joyous event that the baby came and the little boy was happy. They don't even say if the baby was a boy or girl.
This is a book about a self-absorbed child wondering what the coming baby will be when it grows up, and whining about the baby. It doesn't teach or explain anything.
The mom and son in the story daydream about what the baby may be when it grows up, from a chef to a gardener, etc, which is a cute idea, but it does not prepare a child on how to be a good big brother or big sister in any way... there is no discussion of what the baby will behave like as a baby- nothing about feeding, diapering, or how to behave with a new baby.
Also, most of the little boys thoughts on a new baby (until virtually the very end) are rather negative. When they go to the zoo, he hopes the new baby will be eaten by a lion :( Not exactly the kind of "excitement" over a new baby I want to instill in my son.
In short- a wonderfully illustrated book with virtually no helpful lessons for a big brother or sister.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So sweet! We love reading this to our toddler age 2 and he enjoys it too.Published 3 months ago by Samantha
This book was SO WEIRD. I kept the book, but made up my own words to it because it was so negative. I gave it away because I didn't really care for it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Whitney O.
What a precious story. If your family is preparing to introduce a new baby into your lives, I believe the context of this book will be a great way to open up a discussion about the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dad of Divas
Very charming book, with delightfully art deco artwork. A little bit awkward to read in the modern era when the gender of the baby is known so early, but I just read "the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by C. Scott Ananian
Wouldn't recommend it... At least it's not a great book for my 2 year oldPublished 9 months ago by Alba Diaz
This book is strange. There is no dad present in the entire book and it talks about giving the baby back because they don't need it. I would spend the money elsewhere.Published 10 months ago by Hannah E Bloms
Gave it as a gift to a friend to read to her son because she was having another baby. Very cute and appropriatePublished 14 months ago by sherrybob
Really cute book! Bought it for my 2 year old son once we found out we were expecting our 2nd and we have continued to read it once his baby brother arrived. Read morePublished 17 months ago by H. Henry
You can rewrite the dialog because preschoolers can't read. I do this all the time. If the illustrations are super, just make up your own story but write it in so you can remember... Read morePublished 18 months ago by susan lord