Take it from the narrator of this book, an all-knowing big sister: when you’re a baby you don’t read books. You eat them. You don’t know how old you are, or even if you’re a boy or a girl. And you have to keep a special plug in your mouth to stop your scream coming out.
But one day you won’t be little anymore, and then you’ll be taller and smarter, and actually quite clever. Like the narrator. And you’ll be able to share memories of what it was like when you were little with your incredible Big Sister.
“Marvelous melding of knowing observations and funny, sunny, on-the-money art … this book will get many readings.” Booklist
“Perfect family fare and a welcome departure from storybooks that assume the worst when a new life joins the family” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“An ultra charming picture book.” A New York Times Notable Book
“One of the funniest books of the year” BBC Radio 4, Front Row
“I’m not sure I’ve ever gotten a book for Mother’s Day (I tend to buy books I want to read the minute the come out, so I’m not the easiest person to get books for). So my favorite Mother’s Day book was How to Be a Baby By Me, the Big Sister, by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Sue Heap, which was a gift for my daughter, Lucy. It’s a winsome tale about how to be a baby, written from the perspective of the positively ancient (maybe 5 or 6) and ultimately more sophisticated big sister, who, unlike the baby, prefers to ride in cars facing forward, and is not afraid of the ocean, or Grandma’s shiny black shoes, or any other not really scary thing. The big sister is perfectly voiced, and I’m usually fighting back tears when the story reaches its final pages, and the sister talks about how they will look back and reminisce and “laugh and point at pictures of you in the olden days when you were a baby.”Jennifer Weiner, author of “The Next Big Thing”