A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Implicit information on babies and their development: They learn to talk and crawl and grow up to walk, run, play in the playground, and ride tricycles. Shows how babies communicate.
Babies are demanding, but they're also learning, growing, and developing. Loving families pay attention to babies' needs. If it's challenging to communicate, babies will find other ways to get what they need.
Positive Role Models
King Baby asks for what he wants and needs and finds ways to communicate. When he doesn't get what he wants, he figures out alternative ways and thereby develops new skills. Parents and other family members and friends love babies and are attentive to their needs.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that King Baby by Kate Beaton (The Princess and the Pony) is a hilarious but affectionate take on babies and their rule over tired, doting parents, and it's good fun for kids and adults alike. What King Baby demands, King Baby gets, at least most of the time, and when he doesn't, he's spurred to develop better communication skills and even the large motor skills that lead to mobility. The story provides an excellent opportunity for kids to think back on and be proud of all they've learned, and it also works beautifully as a new-sibling book, since -- spoiler alert -- just when King Baby's ready to give up his crown, there's a new royal in the family: Queen Baby!
Is It Any Good?
Babies reign in this hilarious, perceptive, and affectionate take on a new baby and his smart but sometimes tyrannical strategies to communicate his demands and thereby grow and develop. When King Baby needs to be fed, burped, and changed, his attentive parents hop to. But then he wants "the thing," and he reaches and points, his tired, baffled parents bring him THE WRONG THING! So he decides "King Baby will get the thing HIMSELF!" -- just the motivation he needs to learn to crawl.
Parents will recognize themselves in these loving but sometimes exhausted parents, and kids will have fun thinking back proudly on all they learned when they were babies and toddlers. The story is narrated by King Baby himself, with just the right amount of developmentally appropriate self-absorption -- "These subjects are fools!" -- and loads of humor.
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