Forty odd years ago I was asked if I wanted a baby brother or sister. I said sister. I named my new baby doll Baby Sister. I was into it. Few weeks after the ol’ sibling came I looked at my mom and said, “Send her back. I want a brother.” I was informed it didn’t work that way. But if I had The Baby-Changing Station like our character in this Rhett Miller book, I would have picked the guitar.
Whatever do you mean? You ask. Well, our James is 10 years old. He was king of the house, had two parents called Mom and Dad to himself. Then Joe shows up and all heck breaks loose. And our boy is not having anything to do with it. One Thursday night (pizza at their favorite place night) ol’ Joe must go….and mom and dad just cannot bring themselves to take care of business and ask James to do it for them. Off to the changing room it is, after powder and a new diaper, our big brother sees there are options for changing the baby. Or give the changing table your baby and you can have night vision glasses or other cool prizes. But will James, once he starts to think about it, want to change his brother for a nice guitar to shred on?
Dan Santat’s traditional style and memorable artwork fills out this rhyming book. The colors are funny and fun, clever details, and little gems (the bathroom has some interesting graffiti) grace the pages. And while this new sibling book has an older child in it, all ages can access it. This might even be a good book for the older child to read to the new stinker!