From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3–Replete with boisterous and colorful illustrations of a loving, though slightly disheveled tiger family, this is a rhyming tale of a confused child's initial aversion to and eventual acceptance of the newcomer. Upon the arrival of a new sibling that seems only to leak and squeak, a young tiger asks reasonably, "Where did that baby come from?/And can we take it back?" Curious about the infant's origins, the young feline wonders if the pest came from a store, was sprouted out of a seed, got picked up by mistake at the zoo, etc. Perhaps it came from outer space. The infant is shown on a full spread, wailing alone on a distant planet. This image apparently causes a change of heart as the older sibling becomes a concerned caregiver. "Oh, baby, please don't weep./I'll keep you warm, and safe from harm,/and help you fall asleep." While some of the illustrations are nearly overwhelming with busy scenes and borders, they reflect the chaos of the familial situation. Although there are a number of books about new siblings, this funny and rhythmic perspective is worth a look.–Piper L. Nyman, formerly at Fairfield Civic Center Library, CA
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PreS-Gr. 2. The title question, poised above a picture of a grumpy-looking tiger cub, signifies an older sibling's bewilderment at the arrival of a new, highly annoying usurper. Gliori's familiar story in rhyme speaks for every child who has a new brother or sister, as the toddler cub muses over where this messy, loud infant came from: "Did it float out of the sky?" "Did you buy it in a store? . . . Please don't buy any more!" Even as the cub's ruminations grow more outrageous (as in baby from outer space), the jubilant, comical double-page spreads hint at a happy ending. Connie FletcherCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved