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Bad Baby Hardcover – August 11, 2005
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3–Jack, the handsomely rugged superhero of MacDonald's Another Perfect Day, is back to grapple with his next big challenge–a new baby sister. Something is missing from his perfect life, but his initial longing and then enthusiasm for someone to play with quickly fades as the wee tiny baby grows and grows to such a size that Jack (the man) can be squashed under her palm. Her stature is eclipsed only by the enormity of her mischief–she breaks toys, draws and paints all over walls and floors, and generally terrorizes and blames Jack, while his oblivious parents dote on their little girl. Relief comes when the bad baby finally falls asleep. The tongue-in-cheek, straightforward narrative enclosed within softly colored, shaded rectangles is juxtaposed with text bubbles and explosive lettering incorporated into the pictures. But it's the stylized cartoon art in warm '40s comic-book colors that provides the subtext and tells the real story as our tiny hero is victimized by the giant toddler. Every child's fantasy is realized in the clever device of Jack's transformation from little boy to grown-up man and back again. And every older sibling's jealousy and frustration at the arrival of a new baby is here in this classic case of be careful what you wish for wrapped up in a hilarious romp.–Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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*Starred Review* K-Gr. 2. Jack is back! Yes, the square-jawed, business-suit-wearing superhero who starred in Another Perfect Day (2002) is having another perfect day--saving the world, diving into mountains of jelly beans, driving rocket cars, besting dragons. You know, the usual. And yet . . . something is missing. What could it be? Someone to play with--a baby sister. Well, be careful what you wish for, kiddo, since the kewpie-doll baby soon grows to monstrous proportions, and she wrecks everything: "It's not fair!" It sure is funny, though. Once again, MacDonald's 1930's and 1940's comic-book art steals the show, as his richly imaginative, highly stylized pictures invest a deadpan text with laugh-out-loud humor and wonderfully comic inventiveness. Sure, young children won't recognize the retro references, but they'll be too busy laughing at the offbeat visuals and their jokes to care. Adults will have a swell time, too. Michael Cart
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Top Customer Reviews
I would not, of course, recommend this book for any child apprehensive about an upcoming addition to the family. Might make them even more nervous, especially the scenes where the oblivious grown-ups call Jack's sister "cute" even as she destroys his things. Though really, if you couldn't figure that out by the title of this book...!