A much-loved "only" dog feels displaced - and shares those feelings - when a new baby arrives on the scene. Dog also substitutes as a stand-in for an older sister or brother. But, fear not...eventually, the pooch realizes why Mommy and Daddy got Baby. A happy ending, indeed!
MOMMY, BABY, AND ME
by Linda Elovitz Marshall ; illustrated by Ged Adamson
Age Range: 3 - 6
Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2017
Publisher: Peter Pauper Press
Will the new baby muck up the family dog’s way of life?
The pooch sure thinks so. For years, the orange corgi and Mommy
were inseparable, having fun and sharing hugs and life’s experiences together—alone. Of course a wrench got thrown into the works when Mommy met an interloper: Daddy. So much for exclusive cuddling with Mommy after that. Worse, after a while, time and space in Mommy’s lap are seriously compromised as the aforementioned sitting area becomes way smaller. And then…there is only room for Baby. To top it all off, Mommy and Baby grow very close. Guess whose life starts to go downhill, what with being scolded and ignored and having to put up with a noisy, smelly, untrained newcomer in the house? The dog’s eventual realization that the infant has become rather canine (crawling on all fours, anyone?) leads to the realization that there’s a very
endearing place for a dog in the family’s new pecking order... narrated by the dog in first, er, person in simple and sweet prose, and it also nicely stands in for many young readers/listeners who may have become new older siblings themselves. The colorful, cartoony illustrations are lively and
expressive, with the white parents and infant portrayed with bright smiles and large eyes; the narrator is particularly expressive and winsome.
An enjoyable if not exactly original outing. (Picture book. 3-6)