July/August 2022 Kids Indie Next List
“This is the ultimate gift for new parents — if they can stay awake long enough to read it. Hilarious and oh so true, the mid-century modern vibe is colorful and cool. I adore this book!”
— Nancy Baenen, Arcadia Books, Spring Green, WI
From the creator of the mega-popular Dinosaur vs. series comes a hilariously deadpan look at new parenthood—from a baby’s point of view.
I am not sleepy.
I am not sleepy because I am a baby.
Mommy is sleepy.
Mommy is sleepy because I am a baby.
With humor and sympathy, Bob Shea looks at the chaos of life with a baby as amiably narrated by the new arrival. Repeating the mantra (and blithe explanation) “because I am a baby,” the tiny narrator leads us through scenes of exhaustion, grumpiness, squishy diapers, spilled milk, cowering kittens, and chubby overfed pups (oopsie!). Playing against the simple, matter-of-fact text are freewheeling illustrations of mess and mayhem, in which the grown-ups’ exaggerated body language is sure to send older children into fits of giggles. With its endearing, unabashedly self-pleased star, I Am a Baby will find a place at showers, in nurseries, on parents’ shelves, and in the hands of appreciative big siblings, as it celebrates the changes a little one brings, at once challenging and full of love.
About the Author
Bob Shea is the author, illustrator, or author-illustrator of many well-loved picture books and chapter books, including the Ballet Cat and Dinosaur vs. series as well as Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great; Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All; Crash, Splash, Moo!; and Who Wet My Pants?, which was illustrated by Zacharia OHora. Bob Shea’s characters and animations have appeared on Nick Jr., Playhouse Disney, and PBS KIDS. He lives in Connecticut.
Shea offers a slyly humorous take on life with a newborn in this wry picture book, pitched as much to parents as to kids. . . . Digital drawings with a retro vibe contrast the infant’s gleeful disruptions with the haggard expressions of the beleaguered parents—humorously, if accurately, picturing the mixture of exhaustion and joy that defines early parenthood.
This egocentric yet lovable infant will strike a chord with exhausted new parents, and emerging readers will appreciate the repetitive, deadpan text. A welcome addition to baby storytimes.
The saying goes that eternity is two people and a ham. For a young family, a better definition might be two new parents and a new baby. . . . Bob Shea captures the exhausting joy of this little eternity in ‘I Am a Baby,’ a picture book that’s likely to be enjoyed even more by parents than by children ages 2-5. . . . Like any ordinary unremitting day with a real baby, this light, humorous story circles around and comes back by the end almost to where it began. The endpapers of ‘I Am a Baby,’ meanwhile, are like two extra books in themselves.
—The Wall Street Journal