Once Upon a Baby Brother

Once Upon a Baby Brother

By Sarah Sullivan; Tricia Tusa (Illustrator)

Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374346355, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 8, 2010


Lizzie loves to make up stories and tell them to anyone and everyone, even though now that her annoying baby brother, Marvin, has joined the family, no one has time to listen. She's so full of ideas, it seems like nothing can stop her. And then one day, something does. What's a star writer to do?

Lizzie finds inspiration where she least expects it in this funny picture book, illustrated with energy and pizzazz by award-winning artist Tricia Tusa.
"Once Upon a Baby Brother" is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About the Author
Sarah Sullivan is the author of Dear Baby: Letters from Your Big Brother and Passing the Music Down. This is her first novel. Sarah Sullivan has an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College and lives in West Virginia.

TRICIA TUSA has written and illustrated many wonderful picture books, including In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck; Mrs. Spitzer's Garden by Edith Pattou;The Magic Hatby Mem Fox; "The End of the Beginning" by Avi; and her own Follow Me.

Praise For Once Upon a Baby Brother

Sullivan has found an oblique way to write about the ups and downs of a school-age child adjusting to a much younger sibling, and she carries it out with skill.” —Booklist

This title provides a creative twist on the new-sibling theme…a good choice to share with children coping with and learning to accept a new sibling.” —School Library Journal

Bits of stories are interspersed (“After slaying dragons in the forest, the princess gave a surprise birthday party for the king”), underlining Lizzie’s inherent creativity, and even when Lizzie sits at her desk with her back turned to the audience, readers will know they’re witnessing a girl who’s utterly in the zone.” —Publishers Weekly

Funny and useful” —Kirkus Reviews