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New baby brothers are

loud

stinky

and totally boring.

But are they tasty, too?

All the grown-ups in Tom’s life seem to think Baby Nathaniel looks cute enough to eat.

Would they really eat a baby for dinner?

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The New York Times Review

Written and illustrated by Amy Young 32 pp. Viking. $16.99. (Picture book; ages 4 to 7) Tom is a superhero. His baby brother, Nathaniel, is the Blob. After Grandma tells him, “You will love having a little brother,” Tom reports: “He could not do one single interesting thing.” Still, Tom is alarmed when Grandma and other adoring visitors say they just want to “eat him up.” Young touches on many variations of sibling ambivalence with both humor and sympathy, in ways that will speak particularly well to older brothers. A sense of superiority can successfully mask a fit of jealousy; a calling for brotherly protection is even better.

 

 
 
 
 
 
     

 

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