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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Boss Baby, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee. Simon & Schuster, 2010. $19.99 ages 3 and up

"It was obvious that he was
the boss.
He put Mom and Dad on a
round-the-clock schedule,
with no time off.
And then he set up his office
right smack-dab in the middle
of the house."

It won't take the young reader long to figure out the fun in this wildly imaginative romp. The arrival of this demanding and daunting child marks the beginning of a new and decidedly different life for his parents. Long gone are the days when they ruled the roost. Nope, he's the boss and that is evident on every cleverly designed page.

The cover provides a character study in grit and determination. His folded hands, executive onesie, the monitor for constant contact and all other requisite amenities are there. Open the book and you come face to face with a marquee proclaiming him as the star of the show....and indeed he is! Unimpressed with the time it's taking to get him to his destination, he shows his annoyance with a considered glare at his watch. Marching up the front walk, portfolio in hand, he immediately takes control.

Panelled artwork shows the many faces of  'Boss Baby'! These glimpses leave nothing to the imagination. He is very animated concerning his true feelings. Mom and Dad are pawns. While he cannot speak, he certainly makes his requests loud and clear. The domination goes on until one day....

"...all activity ground to a halt.
The boss surveyed his surroundings,
eyeballed his workers, and frowned.
He called a meeting.
His staff did not respond."

It takes thinking outside the box to get the response he is seeking; and to his great delight, all is well. Well, for a short time anyway. Marla Frazee shows her penchant for all things baby in this smart, witty picture book for any family celebrating a new arrival. This heartfelt and humorous story offers up so much fun that it will quickly become a family favorite.

Anticipating a new arrival? Got a friend who's having a baby? You can't go wrong when this is the welcome gift!

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