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The Boss Baby Hardcover – August 31, 2010

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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books; 53944th edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442401672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442401679
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 27, 2010
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This is one funny book that will be a welcome treat to both parents and brothers and sisters with a new baby in the house. Much like when you watch a good stand up comedian, timing is everything, and this book has it down to a tee. This is laugh out loud funny, from the sight of the baby in his business suit onesie to the descriptions and illustrations showing baby's business meetings. The humor is spot on and makes this a great choice for story time where it is sure to get laughs from both the kids and parents! It's also a good choice for one on one if you've got an older child who's wondering how come baby all of a sudden gets all the attention. This will be a great way to share a laugh about it together. Recommended.
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As an elementary school librarian who just returned from maternity leave, I chose to read this to the students my first week back. It was a huge hit and we can't stop laughing and talking about it. The pictures make the book. It was fun to show the details with the Elmo and laugh about the executive bouncy seat office that the baby sets up in the middle of his parents' house. Our favorite page was the baby's perk page: the lounge, baby spa, executive gym, drinks made to order, as well as the private jet! We hope this makes the Mock Caldecott cut!
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For anyone with a new and demanding baby boy in the house... this book lets you laugh at yourself when reality will sometimes have you in tears. My daughter appreciated the cloaked sarcasm and was relieved to know we were not the only ones in the world with a boss-y baby.
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We bought this book for my son when he was a newborn and read it to him frequently which always brought us laughs during the sleepless early months. The pictures are great and the story hits oddly close to home for those of us with demanding babies! My son still loves the story as a toddler. We joke that he thinks its a how to guide or a biography!
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This has always been a favorite book for many children and I liked that it came as a board book instead of the regular one for younger ones to enjoy looking at if without fear of tearing.

If you have children over the age of 2 they will love this book and parents can take comfort that they are not the only ones with a Boss Baby.
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As soon as the baby arrived he was ready to take over the house. His tie was flapping in the breeze and his face was very stern as he grabbed his briefcase and started up the stairs. From the moment his parents laid eyes on him, "it was obvious that he was the boss." His briefcase was open wide and a schedule that wouldn't quit was laid out for them from one end of the room to the other for them to learn. His "office" was his walker "right smack-dab" in the living room. He had his baby monitor on his right and supplies like a rattle and bottle on the left. His face showed that he meant business. BIG business!

He was bossy, indignant, and oh so moody. If things didn't go his way . . . well, have you ever seen anyone having a fit? He had lots of "meetings" with his parents, parents who had puzzled looks on their faces, made goofy smiles when he yelled, looked totally perplexed at times, and scratched their heads when he flayed around on the changing table. And then there were those middle of the night meetings that some people didn't appreciate. Of course there were "plenty of perks" for someone so powerful. It was such a great life being a boss baby, but one day something unusual happened. Try as he might, no one was responding to him. What was happening with his employees?

This is one darling, hilarious book that families with a new baby are certainly going to appreciate. Of course anyone who has had a new boss baby come into the house will honk with laughter at this baby's antics. Every new baby really is the "boss" and dominates their household. Every experienced parent will roll their eyes as they watch this little boss twist his parents right around his little (very little) finger.
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I used this in my kindergarten class for Writer's Workshop-- Marla Frazee has the best use of illustrations and she does the "writing" of the words in her own handwriting. So glad this is available in board book!!! One of our favorite bedtime stories. Our almost 2-year-old starting asking for it repeatedly around 19 months. (He pretends to throw a fit like Boss Baby when we get to that page!) We love Marla Frazee's books, Boot & Shoe is another favorite!
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Hilarious book. We call our baby our little dictator and this book aptly describes the challenges of overworked parents and our baby bosses. Our son is only 3 months old so he doesn't show if he enjoys it or not, but we enjoy reading it to him. It definitely has a story line any parent can relate to. I have gifted this book a couple times and it always goes over well!
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