Back into Mommy's Tummy
Publication Date: October 2005
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On her fifth birthday, a little girl has an unusual birthday wish. She wants to go back to being a baby in her mother’s tummy. That way she’d never have to go to bed early, and she’d always be close to her mommy. But when she realizes that babies in tummies can’t go to birthday parties or play with their friends, it suddenly doesn’t seem like such a good idea. Could the real reason for her wish be that there’s a new baby in Mommy’s tummy already?
Playfully exaggerated illustrations convey the child’s complex emotions about a new baby and capture the gentle humor of this fresh take on sibling rivalry.
Thierry Robberecht and Philippe Goossens have created 15 books together, including three other books about Sam, and their work has been published in 13 countries. They both live in Brussels.
"Composed of a richly varied palette ...The humor nicely balances the serious subject...a helpful vehicle for expectant siblings." PW Publishers Weekly
"Novel...adds humor and lightness to real anxieties that many children encounter but are often unable to express." SLJ School Library Journal
"A mischievous take on the elemental sibling rivalry scenario...a great title for opening discussion." -BOOKLIST
"Engagingly silly yet compassionate, this is a perfect tale to present to soon-to-be or fledgling siblings." -KIRKUS Kirkus Reviews
"Robberecht's circuitous treatment of new-baby anxiety and Goossens's surreal oil paintings make this coping book refreshingly different." HORN BOOK GUIDE Horn Book Guide