Written by Lola M Schaefer, illustrated by Jessica Meserve
Published by Hyperion Books, 2012
2012 Cybils finalist.
Themes: new sibling, similes, animals
He was strong—strong as a (+illustration!)
Does having a new baby brother or sister make you into more than you already are?
Spenser is a boy, an only child. He is as funny as an elephant, as free as a bird and much more, but how will he be when his parents return home with a new baby? He awaits the arrival along with all the animals with whom he has been compared. No temper tantrums and jealousies for this little boy.
Why I like this book:
There are so many sibling books out there yet this one managed, for me, to come up with a unique take. I LOVED the sparsity of the text and how the illustrations finished sentences….this was also a great page-turning technique. The device of making this part animal/part new baby is very compelling. I found the illustrations joyful, bold and delightful, and befitting this bundle of boy! Very satisfying ending. The decision to begin and end with two wordless spreads is brilliant. This is a book, though very short on words, which normally frustrates me, that I don’t mind reading aloud again and again. This one had a strong vote from me as a CYBILS judge this year.
This can be a super springboard to the use of similes. Each child can come up with at least one for her/himself.
A fun activity for welcoming a new sibling.
Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book. To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books. This will be my last PPBF review until September, as we will be taking a summer break.