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Ma! There's Nothing to Do Here! A Word from your Baby-in-Waiting (Picture Book) Hardcover – January 22, 2008

4.9 out of 5 stars 114 customer reviews

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About the Author

BARBARA PARK is best known as the author of the wildly popular New York Times bestselling Junie B. Jones series, which has kept kids (and their grown-ups) laughing—and reading—for over two decades. Beloved by millions, the Junie B. Jones books have been translated into multiple languages and are a time-honored staple in elementary school classrooms around the world. Barbara once said, “I’ve never been sure whether Junie B.’s fans love her in spite of her imperfections…or because of them. But either way, she’s gone out into the world and made more friends than I ever dreamed possible.”

Barbara Park is also the author of award-winning middle grade novels and bestselling picture books, including Skinnybones, Mick Harte Was Here, and Ma! There’s Nothing to Do Here!

Barbara Park was born in New Jersey in 1947 and spent most of her adult life in Arizona, where she and her husband, Richard, raised two sons. Barbara died in 2013, but her legacy lives on in the laughter her books give to readers all over the world.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Picture Book
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (January 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037583852X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375838521
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
"Ma! There's Nothing to Do Here!" is told from the perspective of a child in utero about to be born.

The cramped child is quite bored with nothing to do. There are "No puppies. No toys. No girls...zero boys. Not a sandbox or swings...Or those monkey bar things. Not a park or a zoo." The child imagines what life will be like when he/she is finally born and will have lots of stuff to do; even growing hair sounds like fun.

Parks' whimsical, rhyming text and Garofoli's funny and vibrant illustrations will make expectant parents chuckle and even feel the warm fuzzies when the baby mentions listening to its mother's "happy heart clock." And children who are getting ready to be big brothers or sisters will be sure to laugh out loud, especially at the visual of the baby riding in a canoe and unsuccessfully playing peek-a-boo with himself/herself. You may have to explain the "bungee cord" joke if you haven't talked about it already.

I like to give books for baby shower gifts, and this is one I'm definitely adding to my list.
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Format: Hardcover
I gave this book to a few friends who are first time pregnant moms and they LOVED it! I enjoyed the book and I am way past my childbearing years! Beautiful colors, great illustrations, and definitely a book you could read when the question, "Where did I come from," comes up!
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Format: Hardcover
Excellent book! I bought this for my 3 year old granddaughter who is awaiting her new brother!
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I have given this book as gifts to many of my friends who are expecting babies. I love how the book is written in such a fun way. I love that the author goes through different fun things that they will go through as parents as well. So far, it has gotten some good reviews.
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The cover does not do this book justice. I'm glad you could have a peek-see, otherwise I would have passed this cute and humorous book up. I bought it for my daughter who was in her 7th month and she loved it. She has since purchased 4 to give as shower gifts. If that isn't a testament of how wonderful it is, I don't know a better one. You won't be disappointed it.
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What a clever idea! This book is absolutely adorable! I am putting in a basket of books for Mother's Day for my good friend who is expecting her first baby. I can't wait for her to read it!!! It is so clever and the illustrations are great too.
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My "baby" and her husband will soon be having their first child. I have read about talking - and reading - to babies before they are born - and gave this book to my daughter and son-in-law, along with other books from when she was young. "Ma..." is funny, imaginative - and with creative drawings, paints a wonderful picture of life "inside", before birth.
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I bought this nook for myself when.I was pregnant with my first child and I loved it so much I buy it for everyone who is pregnant! It's kind of my tradition. It is fantastic and so creative and it reminds me of when my brother and I were young and would imagine what we did in our mom's tummy!
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