August 2010

Showing them who’s boss

By Marla Frazee
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The first lines of this clever book say it all: "From the moment the baby arrived, it was obvious that he was the boss. He put Mom and Dad on a round-the-clock schedule, with no time off. And then he set up his office right smack-dab in the middle of the house."

Wearing a suit and tie, this hard-nosed boss baby has three strands of hair and rules with an iron fist from his bouncy seat. With his multitude of expressions, he looks like a fuming, tantruming, smirking and bellowing Donald Trump.

Nonetheless, his adoring young parents desperately try to please him, despite the fact that "He conducted meetings. Lots and lots of meetings, many in the middle of the night."

Award-winning author and illustrator Marla Frazee obviously knows and loves babies—she also penned Walk On: A Guide for Babies of All Ages and illustrated a multitude of other books, including The Seven Silly Eaters and the Clementine chapter books. If you haven't already, put her in your "authors to watch" file, because every one of her books overflows with heart and humor, while the characters she illustrates are full of energy, honesty and soul.

Frazee’s latest creation, The Boss Baby, is the perfect book for any household with a new baby or one on the way, because every word and illustration is spot on. With this book in hand, I recently met my beautiful one-month-old great-niece for the first time, and our family repeatedly referred to The Boss Baby’s many droll lines. Although, for the record, I must say that my great-niece is a much kinder boss than the little fellow in this book!

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The Boss Baby

The Boss Baby

By Marla Frazee
Beach Lane
ISBN 9781442401679

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