This Is the Baby (Hardcover)

By Candace Fleming, Maggie Smith

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374374860, 40pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2004



Getting this baby dressed is not going to be easy!

This is the diaper, often a mess,
that goes on the baby who hates to be dressed.
"No! No! Nooo!"

Take one toddler who can't stand getting dressed. Add a mother who is determined to dress baby. The result is a laugh-filled struggle as this mommy uses all her ingenuity and powers of persuasion to get baby into diaper, T-shirt, sweater, and many layers of winter clothing. But just when she thinks she's succeeded, baby peels everything off and happily struts, naked once again. Yes! Yes! Yes!

Witty pictures full of affection reinforce the high spirits of this comic battle of wills so familiar to parents -- and toddlers -- everywhere.

About the Author

Candace Fleming's many picture books include "Boxes for Katje," a "Publishers Weekly" Best Children's Book. She lives in Mount Prospect, Illinois.

Maggie Smith has illustrated many popular, distinctive picture books. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Praise For This Is the Baby

"Great for the youngest toddler who's learning names of clothing...The illustrations are lively, depicting the roly-poly tot with cheer...This baby is a fun, giggly romp." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Smith's naive and rosy-cheecked characters, cozy textures, and crayon-box colors are a perfect accompaniment to Fleming's well-constructed, cumulative, "house That Jack-Built" patterned story . . . Add this pleasing piece to your accumulation of storytime tales." --School Library Journal

"Ideal for reading aloud . . . Should amuse kids who have been forced to wear many an itchy sweater as well as moms and dads who have tussled with naked babies of their own." --Publishers Weekly

"The familiar cumulative structure makes this a snap to read aloud, and kids will delight in repeatedly shouting out "No! No! Nooo!" along with intractable Baby. Smith's gum-drop hued paintings infuse the tussling with tenderness. The twist ending will leave children and parents alike chuckling in recognition." -- Booklist

"Smoothly written...young listeners will cheer along." -- The Horn Book Magazine