Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Review/Giveaway: Once Upon a Baby Brother

Once Upon a Baby BrotherHi! I'm Esmé, and I am three years old!  I've got a cool book to tell you about.  It is OURS!

It is about Lizzie and her baby brother, Marvin.  They are writing together on the same book - see the picture?

Lizzie likes to tell stories.  They make people cry.  They must be very sad.

Lizzie writes a book about her baby brother.  She really loves her baby brother.  He is a superhero!

I would write a book about Mom.  She wouldn't be a superhero, though.  She would be a princess!

I like this book.  What I like most are the pictures.

Title: Once Upon a Baby Brother
Author: Sarah Sullivan
Pictures by:  Tricia Tusa
Genre: Children's book ages 4-8
How to enter: Leave a comment on this post! If you're a subscriber or a follower, leave a second comment for a second entry. And you can get a third entry by tweeting or blogging about the giveaway; just leave a comment with the link.
Entry deadline: June 25, 2010
Restrictions: US only 
Publisher:  Farrar Straus Giroux
Physical Description: 32-page hardcover
List Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0374346355
For More Info: 

Lizzie loves to make up stories and tell them to anyone and everyone, even though now that her annoying baby brother, Marvin, has joined the family, no one has time to listen.  She's so full of ideas, it seems like nothing can stop her. And then one day, something does. What’s a star writer to do?
Lizzie finds inspiration where she least expects it in this funny picture book, illustrated with energy and pizzazz by award-winning artist Tricia Tusa.
About the Author:
Sarah Sullivan is the author of Dear Baby: Letters from Your Big Brother (0763621269), illustrated by Paul Meisel.  She lives in West Virginia.

Tricia Tusa’s  illustrations appear in many acclaimed picture books, including the Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book In a Blue Room (978-0152059927) by Jim Averbeck.  She lives in New Mexico.
What Mom Liked:  This is a great book for a little girl with lots of imagination who loves to make up stories!  Esmé can definitely relate, though she doesn't have any little brothers who inspire stories of ugly princes and Marvinosauruses and Marvinfish...  It would also be a great book for a child with a smaller sibling, as it highlights the love and value that sibling adds to the family.

I loved the illustrations, just like Esmé!  Comical, full of little details that complement the story...  Soft without being girlie - so this book would work well with both genders.

And I love the Princess Merriweather pencil!  Perfect detail in the story that will appeal to princess-lovers everywhere.  Just an example of the little details in the story that make it easy for kids to relate to. 

What Mom Didn't Like:  Pretty much nothing...  Parts of it (the school settings) were a little old for my own daughter, so I'd stick with the 5-8 age recommendation, but this is definitely a book I'd recommend.

Be sure to comment for a chance to win!

Thanks to JKS Communications and Sarah Sullivan for the review and giveaway copies of this book, and to MamaBuzz for coordinating this blog tour.


Brooke said...

the princess would love this book

Brooke said...

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JDaniel4's Mom said...

I loved this book too.

Anonymous said...

Id love to add this to my library for my grandchildren!

slb3334 said...

would love this for my niece.

Linda Kish said...

This would be great for my DIL's niece.

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Anonymous said...

I think my daughter would love this book.


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Terra H. said...

This would be a cute book for the kids. Thanks.

Shannon said...

looks very cute!

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kathy said...

What a cute book!

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Z-Kids said...

Thanks for a chance to win!

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Katie said...

Would love to add this to my collection of books for children dealing with a new sibling in the family!

Carole Spring said...

I would love to win this for my granddaughter to read. From the book review, the relationship of Lizzie and her baby brother sounds exactly like the one my granddaughter experiences with her baby brother.

Thanks for the chance!


Marcia said...

My youngest granddaughter will be a big sister soon - I think she will enjoy this book

Louis said...

enter me please, thank you for the giveaway

Anonymous said...

For my niece!

thatlittlehouse said...

We have a new baby brother for a big sister, she would just love this book!

Lauren @ Hobo Mama said...

We're hoping to have a baby sibling soon-ish, and I would love to prep the so-far only child!

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Leenie Lu Lu said...

I think both my daughter and older son would love this book especially since they have a new baby bro!

FDP 4 Life said...

i would love to win!

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A Mom's Take said...

Thanks for the giveaway! My oldest would love this!
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CarrieAnn13 said...

this would mke a fabulous addition to our library

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Amy said...

this book sounds adorable!