Bye-Bye, Baby!

By Richard Morris; Larry Day (Illustrator)
(Walker Childrens, Hardcover, 9780802797728, 40pp.)

Publication Date: September 1, 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Winter 2009 Kids' List
“Felix is not happy about the arrival of his little sister and is always trying to find ways to send her back. Larry Day's beautiful illustrations not only support Richard Morris' text but add another layer of emotion to the story.”
-- Kathleen March, Anderson's Bookshop, Downers Grove, IL


Felix is not happy about his new baby sister. In fact, he thinks she should be sent back to where she came from. That’s when a trip to the zoo inspires some creative solutions to his problem—but Felix will need some animal participation for his plans to work. Expertly brought to life by award-winning illustrator Larry Day, this quirky, tongue-in-cheek take on the new baby in the house is sure to entertain parents and children alike, and will help any older sibling realize that sometimes even little sisters can come in handy.

About the Author

LARRY DAY has illustrated several picture books, including Not Afraid of Dogs, an SCBWI Golden Kite Award winner, Duel! which received four starred reviews, and Let it Begin Here! He works in the advertising industry, and his illustrations have appeared in the Chicago Tribune Magazine and in several exhibits, including his own shows. Larry in Downers Grove, Illinois.

RICHARD MORRIS works as a literary agent and lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife and two children.

As he knows first hand, older siblings are not always as delighted by a new baby as the rest of the family. Richard was inspired to write Bye-Bye Baby! after his three year old son was unimpressed by the arrival of a new baby sister.

All the books they were reading had the same reassuring message—it may be different at first with this new person around, but eventually you will grow to love this person as much as your parents. But it became clear very quickly that this good wholesome message wasn’t exactly sinking in. Instead of growing to love the baby, Richard’s son was dreaming up ways to get rid of her.

 “Mommy,” he asked one day, “maybe we should put the baby outside tonight so we won’t have to hear her cry?” Every day there was a new idea about how to dispose of his baby sister. “Tie her to the roof, flush her down the toilet, pack her up in a suitcase and send her away forever..."

At first alarmed, they soon realized jealousy is a common experience for a newly older sibling after hearing similar stories from their friends. Nowadays Richard’s son and daughter are good friends, and their hilarious stories inspired Bye-Bye Baby!, the perfect accompaniment for any family going through the roller coaster ride of emotions that a new arrival brings.

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