A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Corporate lingo: "demoted," "executive," "Chief Executive Officer," "CEO," "business plan," "restructure the organization," "staff," "social media team," "perks," "operating productively." Baby behavior: nursing, getting diaper changed, etc.
Acknowledges and mirrors real feelings of older siblings. You might feel left out, but you may come to bond with your new sibling.
Positive Role Models
Older brother feels left out and ignored and expresses his feelings. He responds to his new baby sister when she reaches out to him, hugs her and reads to her.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Bossier Baby is a sequel to Marla Frazee's The Boss Baby, which inspired a spring 2017 computer-animated movie of the same name starring Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Kimmel, and Lisa Kudrow. The previous book featured a baby bossing around his parents, but in this one he's unseated by his new baby sister, who's even bossier, "Which seems impossible." Now that the baby girl is CEO, the boy is "miserable" and curls up crying in a corner. The book captures the strong feelings older siblings have when a new baby arrives but softens the situation with humor.
Is It Any Good?
In some ways, this sequel works even better than the very funny first book, since it includes the older sibling the books are aimed at, giving it heart and more opportunities for humor. In The Bossier Baby the older sib goes to great lengths to recapture his family's attention. In one startling funny spread, he strips off his onesie outside and pees on a fence post. The accompanying text is understated and droll, stating that no one paid attention to him: "No matter what he did. Where he did it. Or how outrageous it was." This is where older kids might guffaw loudly, just wishing they could strip down and let loose.
As in the first book, Frazee wrings humor from corporate lingo -- "business plan" and "restructure the organization" -- and draws visual inspiration from mid-century modern décor. This time, the parents relax with martinis and the baby keeps notes on an Etch A Sketch. Once again, warmth and connection win out as the suddenly affectionate little sister holds her arms up to her big brother and he picks her up. He reads to her, a tender moment -- until she grabs the book and clobbers him on the head.
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