Cindy: “I am King Baby!” proclaims the infant on the first page of Kate Beaton’s picture book, King Baby (2016). Soon, lines of adoring subjects bestow gifts upon him.
Babies have demands, and King Baby is certainly no exception. Feed me! Burp me! Change me! Carry me! Perhaps my favorite happens when King Baby sits on his blanket and says “ehh pbb,” but his inner monologue announces, “Now. Bring me the thing.” The father, holding a bag of groceries, looks befuddled. The mother, holding a laundry basket, says, “Oh honey, he wants his toy.” But baby’s frustration grows and he decides to do something new: get the thing himself. Let the crawling commence!
Children will chortle along with the quirky illustrations, right up to the funny ending that promises a transfer of power—something that isn’t always easy to laugh about.
Lynn: Toddlers who find themselves with a new sibling will find lots to laugh about in this very funny book, but their parents will really appreciate its nuance. Babies ARE royal. . . er. . . tyrants. The brightly colored illustrations are a comic treat; big boys and girls who have mastered skills like crawling will find oval-shaped infants falling on their noses hilarious! So will grandparents who, to be honest, having survived two generations of tiny tyrants, might just be the best audience.