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Each year I and my family read and rate all the Goodreads picture book nominees. This one is nominated for 2016. I make a few comments and then add their separate ratings and a comment from each of them. There’s 20 (15 first round and 5 new ones for the semi-final round) and this is the sixteenth being rated. My rating might be somewhat influenced by the family, naturally. In this case my rating was the lowest in the family and so I honor especially the kid reviews, since they are closest to the
Dave: Basically a cute and colorful and pretty humorous “we have a new baby” book for parents. Nothing that a new parent doesn’t know; that a new baby is the king (or queen) of the house. Okay, pretty good, I guess, by one of the best-selling cartoonists/comics artists/illustrators around.
Tara (my wife): 3 1/2 stars. Cute. Tara showed this to me a few weeks ago.
Harry (11): 4 1/2 stars. I recognized the art from The Princess and the Pony [which we had rated favorably last year].
Hank (10): 5 stars. I liked how the baby was always the boss.
Lyra (9): 5 stars. I like how the baby is ruling!! King Baby!!!
Ah Kate Beaton how I do adore you! Your rapier wit! Your chubby cheeked, squinty eyed characters, your barbed little quips! I could lose myself for hours in your wonderful website “Hark a Vagrant.”
I swear if I was stuck on a desert island with only Ms. Beaton’s work to keep me company I would be just fine.
This masterful little ode to babyhood had me hooting with glee and fondly ruffling my own cherubs tiny blond heads as I recalled all my own late nights and early mornings with my little kings.