Lazy Little Loafers (Hardcover)

By Susan Orlean, G Brian Karas (Illustrator)

Harry N. Abrams, 9780810970274, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2008

List Price: 16.95*
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Orchid Thief comes a smart, hilarious take on what babies contribute—or don’t—to the world.


Ever experienced stroller envy? Ever wished you were applauded just for walking across a room? Ever wanted to loaf about the park on a blanket in the middle of a school day with nothing on your agenda but being relaxed and happy? Then you should be a baby. They’ve got it made.


In this charming, droll story, a world-weary older sister ponders the question, why don’t more babies work? Her answers, hilariously tinged with resentment, offer up a wickedly accurate picture of just how great babies have it.


Known for her keen and witty observations of various subcultures, Susan Orlean here turns her gaze on babies. The resulting picture book is tongue-in-cheek fun for older siblings and anyone looking for a lazy, praise-filled day.

F&P Level: L
F&P Genre: RF

About the Author

Susan Orlean is a longtime staff writer for the "New Yorker" and the author of several books, including "The Orchid Thief," which was the inspiration for the movie "Adaptation." She's currently working on a book about the canine hero Rin Tin Tin. She divides her time between upstate New York and Southern California. G. Brian Karas has written and illustrated several award-winning children's books, including "On Earth "and "Home on the Bayou: A Cowboy's Story," a "Boston Globe-Horn Book "Honor Book. He also illustrated "Are You Going to Be Good?," a "New York Times "Best Illustrated Book. He lives in Milan, New York.