Dad helps his little girl realize that it's all right not to be perfect.
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PreSchool-Grade 1-- Gerstein's wacky humor fails here. On her second day home from the hospital, Marvin's new sister begins to cry. Appallingly, the louder she cries, the more she grows; the more she grows, the more she eats; the more she eats, the louder she cries--and on, and on. The doctor assures the harried parents that the baby is perfectly normal except for her astonshing growth rate and colic, which of course makes her cry. Soon the screaming infant is so big that she must live in an airplane hanger and endure diaper changes by a construction crane. It is Marvin who suggests that if the baby laughs, she'll stop crying and perhaps stop growing. Finally, it is the moon that succeeds in making the baby laugh and subsequently shrink to a normal size. While the cartoonlike illustrations successfully depict the anguished family and their disrupted life, they underscore the distress of an unappealing infant who isn't even wanted in her own neighborhood where her shrieking keeps everyone awake. The family is portrayed as harassed more than loving. Even the happy ending fails to satisfy because it is reached, not with Marvin's help, but through the natural intervention of the moon. --Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Greenwich, CT
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Whether or not readers live with younger siblings who seem to cry incessantly, they will appreciate the good-humored absurdity of Gerstein's ( Arnold of the Ducks ; The Mountains of Tibet ) larger-than-life tale about a baby who grows to similar proportions. Wailing day and night, Marvin's newborn sister quickly outgrows her bassinet, her crib--and even the house. The colossal infant is then moved to an airplane hangar, where a fleet of trucks brings her milk and a construction crane delivers the circus tent that serves as her diaper. Just when it seems that nothing is able to stop the child from howling--or expanding--she catches sight of the smiling moon above. For the first time, the baby laughs, then falls asleep and shrinks back to normal size. Heightening the story's droll hyperbole are Levin's cartoony, detail-filled drawings. Ages 4-8.
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Book Description HarperCollins Canada, Limited, Toronto, ON, Canada, 1991. Ex-Library Copy, Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair Ex-Library Copy. No Jacket. Levin, Arnie (illustrator) (illustrator). First Edition. One page has been previously repaired with clear tape. An Ex-Library copy with commonly found imperfections. Small tears on bottom edge of six pages, not exceeding 1/4". Legibility not impaired. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 001707
Book Description Harpercollins, 1991. Library Binding. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0060221062