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 Baby-changing station
 Author: Miller, Rhett

 Publisher:  Little, Brown (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [42] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 644402 ISBN: 9780316459327
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Stories in rhyme
 Brothers -- Fiction
 Infants -- Fiction
 Magic -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Told in rhyming text, ten-year-old James is not thrilled by his baby brother: in fact he would like to send Joe back--so when a magic baby-changing station offers him cool stuff in exchange for the annoying baby, James has a decision to make.

 Illustrator: Santat, Dan

   Kirkus Reviews (06/01/22)
   School Library Journal (07/01/22)
   Booklist (07/01/22)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/07/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2022 K-Gr 2—James is not thrilled with the addition of an infant brother, Joe, into his family. He fantasizes about how to send this smelly, attention-stealing sibling back, especially when his parents force him to change a diaper. A relatable and humorous experience, each character's feelings and intentions are vibrantly depicted with digital illustrations in color pencil and watercolor. James, with comic-book style layered "phantom arms" holding diaper changing gear, is juxtaposed on the opposite page of Joe, clapping delightfully with a smile stretched wide. No words are needed to impart story or characterization here. James narrates his woes in first-person rhymes and near-rhymes. Most of the stanzas follow a Spanish sestet form; unfortunately, this form works best in shorter works and some of the slant rhymes interrupt the natural flow when reading aloud. VERDICT A funny new sibling story, but imperfect; recommended for larger libraries.—Rachel Zuffa - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 07/01/2022 Ten-year-old James reigned as the only child until the arrival of baby brother Joe, who constantly charms their parents with little effort. “My parents lose their minds. / They think he’s so cool / As he poops and he drools / Which he does ALL THE TIME.” In this amusing, rhyming tale, tan-skinned, green-haired James confesses his initial reactions to his new sibling and his fantasy of sending Joe back. Everything changes, however, when the family goes to pizza night at the Magical Pan. When Joe’s diaper has an odor, the parents decide it’s time James faces the “milestone” of using the baby-changing station. It’s a magical night, indeed, as a screen in the restroom appears, giving James several options, like an electric guitar, for trading in his brother. When he considers alternatives, like forming a band one day with his brother instead, James finds an appreciation for his smelly, future friend. Santat's comical, exaggerated illustrations, toned in green, highlight the right blend of stinky baby, magical forces, and humor for families with new additions. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

Booklist - 07/01/2022 - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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