Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth!

Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth! by Sarah Weeks, illustrated by Robert Neubecker

Sophie Peterman is a veteran big sister, and she is here to tell you the hard truth about babies.  “Babies are not sweet.  Babies are not precious.  Babies are not cute.  Babies are YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE!”  Told with a broad sense of humor but lots of real truths of being an older sibling, this book is a great antidote to new baby books that look only at the sweet and cuddly parts of infants.  As Sophie will happily tell you, babies leak, they make strange noises, and they smell bad.  Even Sophie has to admit though that you can get attached to them.

The humor here really carries the book from a swallowed marble to the ransacking of an underwear drawer. This is pure child humor that elementary age kids will really enjoy from poop to farts.  Neubecker’s illustrations are done in thick lines using India ink which is then digitally colored.  The various expressions on Sophie’s face are a large part of the humor as is the constant delight of the baby. 

A very funny book on babies perfect for those older siblings who have seen it all or for that new sibling who will appreciate a humorous cautionary tale.  Appropriate for ages 4-7.

Reviewed from copy received from publisher.

Board Books for Cool Babies

Rocker Babies Wear Jeans by Michelle Sinclair Colman, illustrations by Nathalie Dion

Part of the Urban Babies Wear Black series, I consider this one of the best of that group.  Perfect for hip parents who want to raise a little rocker, this book is filled with humor and puns.  Favorite lines are “Rocker babies shake their booties” and “Rocker babies do jam sessions.”  Both showing babies doing very normal baby things.  A winning entry in a popular series.

Reviewed from copy received from publisher.


Yum Yum, Baby Bundt by Jamie Harper

This board book opens with a charming recipe for lunch that combines 1 hungry baby, 1 washable bib, 1 highchair, toys, and then the lunch itself and all of the plates, sippy cup, etc.  The book then moves into more of a narrative story where a helpful big sister gets her younger sibling through a meal of pasta, veggies, fruit and cookies.  The story is told briefly with the humor added through the illustrations.  A recipe for a great read, this book is a gem because of the positive relationship it shows between siblings.

Reviewed from library copy.