From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—A big-brother-to-be muses about his future sibling. He knows that his own looks are a combination of his "dark Daddy chocolate bar and strawberry cream Mama's milk" and wonders how the biracial mix will manifest itself in his new brother or sister. From skin to hair to eyes to lip shape, the boy names the possibilities in a story more poetic than plot-driven. The book ends satisyingly with the birth of a baby sister, whose skin tone looks much like that of her "peanut butter big brother." As is frequently the case in picture books about racial differences, the text relies heavily on food metaphors to create positive associations. Somewhat abstract for the target audience, the story may appeal more to parents than to children. However, it will certainly be appreciated by biracial families, and the loving and anticipatory atmosphere may connect with any expectant family wondering who the new baby will take after.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
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As a young boy awaits the latest addition to his family, he wonders aloud what the new baby will look like. Coming from a “semisweet dark Daddy chocolate bar” and “strawberry cream mama’s milk,” will the little one be more “pure coal black” or like a “mocha cloud”? Regardless, the new sibling will enter an adoring world, filled with a sweetness that is described in edible terms, all illustrated in the funky, fun gouache and mixed-media illustrations: a pair of lips are shaped like jelly beans; the sunshine is “lemon meringue.” The text is full of literary wordplay, but the food conceit creates a one-note show and the constant comparisons may grow tiresome. Still, this is refreshingly nondidactic story about prenatal anticipation in an interracial home, and it will make a good choice for sharing one-on-one or reading aloud to a group, whose members may want to come up with their own food metaphors for their families. P.S. It’s a girl!