Sophie and the New Baby by Laurence Anholt
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Sophie likes to play with her rag doll, but then her mother tells her the big, important secret. "Soon you'll have a real live person to play with. We're going to have a new baby." Sophie likes this idea, but the baby takes so long to arrive that she sometimes forgets all about it. When her new brother is finally born, he's quite a disappointment. He can't play with Sophie, and he needs Sophie's mom and dad all the time. Worst of all, Mom and Dad seem to like him a lot. One day, Sophie shouts at the sky, "I don't want that baby anymore!"
 

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Laurence Anholt spent his early childhood in Holland where he developed a passion for Art. Before he attended school for his passion, Anholt worked as a Hotel-Night-Receptionist, a Carpenter, a Schoolteacher and an Art Lecturer, among various other odd jobs. Anholt studied painting for eight years and earned a Master's Degree from the Royal Academy of Art in London. He met his wife and partner Catherine at the Falmouth School of Art in Cornwall. The first books the husband and wife team published were about a small pig called Truffles, in 1983 for their oldest daughter, Claire. Laurence writes all of their books and Catherine has illustrated about half of them. Laurence also illustrates his own books, in particular the bestselling series about great artists. Their work has won many awards, including the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award, the Kids' Club Network Award, the Right Start Toy and Book Award three times, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award twice, the English Association Four to Eleven Awards twice, the US Children's Media Award and the CCBC Choices 2001 twice. They have over 70 children's titles in print. Anholt is also a public speaker and has made appearances at the European Council of International Schools Conference, The UK's Northern Children's Book Festival, the Cheltenham Festival, the Edinburgh Festival and the Hay-on-Wye Festival. He also helped to judge the prestigious Nestlé Smarties Award. Catherine Anholt began as nurse, but decided that she liked art too much not to pursue it. She attended Falmouth School of Art in Cornwall, England, where she met her husband and partner, Laurence Anholt. She earned her Masters Degree at the Royal College of Art in London. The first books the husband and wife team published were about a small pig called Truffles, in 1983 for their oldest daughter, Claire. Laurence writes all of their books and Catherine has illustrated about half of them. Their work has won many awards, including the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award, the Kids' Club Network Award, the Right Start Toy and Book Award three times, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award twice, the English Association Four to Eleven Awards twice, the US Children's Media Award and the CCBC Choices 2001 twice. They have over 70 children's titles in print.
 
Published June 15, 1995 by Orchard Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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This baby wants a lot and he wants it “all right now.” Tired of his attention absorption, Sophie asks her mom, “When will he be going back again?” She’s shocked to hear the baby’s a permanent fixture, then frustrated in having to wait to play with him, and then infuriated sufficiently to dash out...

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