♥ Congratulations! Looks like you're welcoming another baby! There's a Baby in the House is the perfect gift for older siblings. Help your oldest know that the love in your heart is big enough for everyone and that many new and exciting adventures await with their new best friend. ♥
"Having a new baby is great!
I'm the older sibling you see.
My job is very important,
And no one can do it but me."
In the fourth book of its series, Louie is a super elephant who is always ready for adventure, but lately, he's been feeling a little lonely. Louie is told that a new baby is coming and that changes everything! New adventures await, let's go!
With sweet rhymes and beautiful illustrations, this book inspires friendship, bravery, courage and imagination.
There’s a Baby in the House is a children’s picture book which gives expression to an older brother’s preoccupations and questions preceding the arrival of his younger sibling. Through adorable illustrations, the author develops the thought process of Louie, detailing his feelings, often conflicting, upon this new addition to the family.
The story is simple, and yet effective, as it addresses questions that every older child with younger siblings (including myself) has at least once asked themselves: what will happen when I am no longer the only child? Will my parents stop loving me? Will they stop giving me attention? The theme is thus topical and educational at the same time, as Louie eventually realizes that siblings not only are part of the family and as such are worthy of love, but that ultimately they can prove good and adventurous companions to bring around, as well as allies for life. For this reason, this book makes a valuable addition to every child’s library, and most importantly because it brings attention to the fact that children ask themselves questions and they pose questions. These are often eluded or belittled by adults and parents themselves, while this book, instead, provides answers, which is precisely the role of children's literature. It makes the young readers understand that it is good and reasonable to ask questions, to wonder about certain things, and that they should not be afraid to be curious and to voice their thoughts, no matter how trivial or banal they may appear.
The layout and the illustrations are gorgeous, the characters are extremely cute, the colours are bright and the events narrated are depicted vividly with the superb drawings of a talented artist: this is a very important aspect, since it constitutes a good way to stimulate the child, offering a valuable visual aid to the text. The language, too, is effective and delivers the message in a poignant and immediately direct way, making use of musical rhymes and pleasant wordplay. This indeed reflects the fantastical content of Louie’s imagination, eventually leading to the familiar, more realistic natural conclusion of the story. Nevertheless, the story leaves an open margin for Louie’s world of fresh, unexplored expectations and hopes following the arrival of the baby.
As the title in itself suggests, this book is mostly recommended to older children who possibly have siblings, however I would recommend this to every child, with the wish that they may always be curious, fearless and adventurous!
I am currently in the senior sophister and final year of my BA in English Literature and Classics, writing a thesis on John Keat's poetry and 19th-century English literature. I majored in English and I am specialized in reviewing children's books, YA, classics, and poetry but I am open to anything!