There's Going to Be a Baby by John Burningham

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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 John Burningham

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John Burningham, a two-time winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, is the author- illustrator of many acclaimed picture books, including the Candlewick titles It's a Secret and Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present. His work is also featured in the collectors' volume John Burningham. He lives in London with his wife, Helen Oxenbury.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 lives in London with her husband, John Burningham.
 
Published September 14, 2010 by Candlewick. 48 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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She muses, “I wonder if the baby will work here at the zoo one day, looking after the animals.” He rejoins (a twinge, one hopes), “Then the baby might get eaten by a tiger.” The elegant text type (Polymer) is coolly pale for Mommy’s comments, bold-faced for her boy’s.

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On the heels of the pairing of Mem Fox and Oxenbury in Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, here's another dream-come-true matchup: Oxenbury and her husband.

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We Love This Book

Mother and child go on a journey together, and we see how daily activities such as a walk in the park, a visit to the zoo, taking a bath, or a visit to the doctor’s has the child imagining what their future sibling would do.

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Jacksonville.com

One of the functions of children's picture books is to prepare little readers for big events in their lives.

Dec 28 2010 | Read Full Review of There's Going to Be a Baby

Shelf Awareness

If Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes is the book for newborns, then There’s Going to Be a Baby, also illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, is the book to give to every child who is expecting a new baby brother or sister.

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