“This warm and wise depiction of a young boy waiting for the arrival of a new baby is pitch-perfect. As the months pass, he's curious, anxious, resentful, but above all reassured by his patient, loving mother. The marvelous wordless double-page spreads showing the antics of his imagined sibling contrast vividly with the calm chronicling of mother and son going about their daily business as the seasons change and the birth of the baby draws near. Utterly captivating!”
— Terri Schmitz, The Children's Book Shop, Brookline, MA
In a first-time creative pairing, two of the world’s most treasured picture book creators offer a truly delightful book for new-siblings-to-be.
When is the new baby coming? What will we call it? What will he do? We don’t really need a baby, do we? With sensitivity and wit, John Burningham follows the swirl of questions in the mind of a young child anticipating a baby sibling with excitement, curiosity, and just a bit of trepidation. In perfect tandem, Helen Oxenbury captures the child’s loving interactions with his mother — along with the fanciful future scenarios he imagines for the new family member he has yet to meet. Combining a warm, timeless story with illustrations both freshly enchanting and wonderfully nostalgic, this gorgeous book has all the hallmarks of a classic.
About the Author
John Burningham (1936-2019) was one of the world’s most recognized and beloved illustrators. His work has received countless awards, including a Boston Globe–Horn Book honor for It’s a Secret! and two Kate Greenaway Medals. Over his fifty-year career, John Burningham wrote and illustrated more than thirty picture books, including Picnic, Motor Miles, and Mouse House. He and his wife, Helen Oxenbury, had three children.
Helen Oxenbury, a winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal among many other awards, has illustrated such Candlewick books as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Big Momma Makes the World, Farmer Duck, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, and So Much! She is also the illustrator of Mem Fox's Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes. She lives in London.