Baby Duck is back--and she's not the baby anymore! Hot Stuff, Baby Dick's little sister, has arrived, and everyone is making a great big fuss over her. Baby Duck fells pretty cranky about the whole matter. Luckily, Grandpa knows just what to say and do to help Baby feel special again. Amy Hest and Jill Barton tell another warm and funny story full of familiar feelings for everyone in the family.
"Even if you have loads of new-baby books, don't miss this one." --Booklist
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I first discovered the Baby Duck series with Amy Hest's delightful book, "In the Rain with Baby Duck". My toddler loved that book and we read it over and over. Having just had a new baby, I ordered "You're the Boss, Baby Duck" with high expectations of a similar experience. What a disappointment! While it captures how an older sibling may feel left out, it was very negative towards the new baby. I kept waiting for the part where Baby Duck bonds with the new baby and discovers how great it is to have a little brother/sister. Instead, by the end of the book, Baby Duck decides to let the baby stay "for a couple of days" so that she could boss her around. What kind of message about sibling love is that supposed to be sending? If you've just had a new baby in your house, I recommend "Arthur's New Baby" by Marc Brown instead. It effectively captures a child's jealousy in a much gentler way and has a much happier resolution...
I'm writing this review mostly to counter-balance the review below, which is pretty harsh. The book is cute, like the rest in the series, and this one does a good job of reassuring older siblings that they won't be forgotten because of the fuss over the new baby. I don't think it's really worth five stars, you understand, but I don't think it should get an average of only one, either. Frankly, any book that (1) amuses my son, and (2) doesn't have me trying to skip pages to get to the end is OK by me. Honestly: three stars.
I sense a pattern in these here "Baby Duck" books. Inevitably the storylines run along these general lines: Our hero (Baby Duck) has some kind of childlike problem, be it anything from new glasses to going to school for the first time. After dealing with this problem in her own way and failing to illicit any real help from her parents, Baby Duck is inevitably reassured/guided wisely by her Grampa. The end. Kids like repetition and consistency, a fact that I have to assume contributes to the continual popularity of the "Baby Duck" series. Though a fine bunch o' books, I have to admit that I find them more than a little dreary. If you're a steadfast Baby Duck fan, then I have little doubt that this particular offering, "You're The Boss, Baby Duck" will live up to your expectations. If, on the other hand, you've been reading similar tales by such great children's book authors like Kevin Henkes or even David Small, then I'm afraid you're bound to wind up a...
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