In "Don't Eat the Baby," Amy Young manages to write a story about how difficult it might be for an only child to accept a newborn into the household. She does it while also highlighting the many idioms in the English language which have to do with "eating babies." Truly.
Tom, the main character, has been told that he will love having a baby brother. Blob, as he calls the baby, does not seem very lovable. Tom narrates, "Here are three things the Blob is good at: pooping, sleeping and crying really loudly."
But when Grandma says, "I could just take a big bite out of him," Tom worries that she is serious.
Same thing when Auntie Lulu says, "Oh, will you just look at the darling snuggums? Don't you just want to eat him up?"
How Tom reacts to these apparent threats against the Blob -- and what he does -- will entertain and touch readers of all ages. And it will cause adult readers to reflect on the truly gruesome expressions we have regarding little children. Clever and imaginative, this book will become a favorite bedtime story for children.
And it is also a great classroom book for discussing idioms and figurative language; and a useful book for families expecting newborn additions -- opening up dialogue about what the baby will be like.
Please note: This review is based on the hardcover picture book provided by the publisher, Viking Press, for review purposes.
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