What's So Bad About Being an Only Child? (Hardcover)

By Cari Best, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374399436, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 18, 2007

List Price: 16.00*
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Rosemary knows what it's like to be an only child: there are grownups everywhere! Brothers and sisters are what she wants. Even when they argue, it's like belonging to a special club, she thinks. How can she get a larger, more lively family? Rosemary is stumped, until she discovers some "only" creatures and figures out a way to bring home what's missing in her life.
Humorous illustrations that pop with personality show Rosemary growing from a bewildered baby surrounded by too many hovering adults to a confident backyard ringmaster who proves that being an only child can be fun!

About the Author

CARI BEST's most recent book is "Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen," a "School Library Journal Best Book of the Yea"r. She lives in Weston, Connecticut. SOPHIE BLACKALL is the illustrator of "Meet Wild Boars," a "Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books" Blue Ribbon selection. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For What's So Bad About Being an Only Child?

"Blackall, who elevates everything she illustrates, has a knack for using clever details to get the humor across."—Booklist "Spunky, compassionate."—Kirkus Reviews "Kids should applaud this self-reliant, spunky heroine."—Publishers Weekly "Pert, roundheaded Rosemary has a vivid (and vividly dressed) presence in keeping with her strength of mind."—Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books