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Lapsnatcher Hardcover – January 1, 1997
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K. Jacob finds that being a brother is not all it's cracked up to be?especially when the new baby is a lapsnatcher. So what's a big brother to do? Mail his sister to Alaska? Put her out with the garbage? Send her back to the diaper service? Fortunately, this boy is as reasonable as he is inventive. With some kindly advice from the mailman, the garbage man, and the diaper lady (and a little lap time with his mom), he gets some perspective on babyhood?his own as well as his sister's?and concludes, "I guess maybe we can keep that lapsnatcher." Moss's pen-and-watercolor drawings echo the warmth and affection of the narrative. However, Jane Cutler's Darcy and Gran Don't Like Babies (Scholastic, 1993) makes the same point with considerably more flair. By comparison, Coville's effort seems bland and predictable. The introduction of a new sibling is a common situation, and there is room for many an approach; but whereas Darcy is likely to be clamored for again and again, The Lapsnatcher is more apt to be read and enjoyed once, and then forgotten.?Marcia Hupp, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 4-7. No self-respecting kid would welcome an attention-stealing baby into his house. Putting up with all the crying and having to wait for his breakfast while the baby nurses is bad enough, but what Jacob resents most is the lapsnatching. The trouble really started before the baby was even born, when his mother had gotten so big he couldn't sit on her lap. Now that he could again, the baby is always there. Coville's treatment of this familiar childhood dilemma is tender, funny, and definitely on target. The accompanying illustrations are nicely done, but the faces lack the wonderful range of expressions that the text conjures up in our minds. Although this is not quite as clever or charming as Kevin Henkes' Julius, the Baby of the World (1990), former lapsnatchers and their victims will find much to laugh about. Lauren Peterson