I Am a Baby (Hardcover)
July/August 2022 Kids Indie Next List
“This is the ultimate gift for new parents — if they can stay awake long enough to read it. Hilarious and oh so true, the mid-century modern vibe is colorful and cool. I adore this book!”
— Nancy Baenen, Arcadia Books, Spring Green, WI
I am not sleepy.
I am not sleepy because I am a baby.
Mommy is sleepy.
Mommy is sleepy because I am a baby.
With humor and sympathy, Bob Shea looks at the chaos of life with a baby as amiably narrated by the new arrival. Repeating the mantra (and blithe explanation) “because I am a baby,” the tiny narrator leads us through scenes of exhaustion, grumpiness, squishy diapers, spilled milk, cowering kittens, and chubby overfed pups (oopsie!). Playing against the simple, matter-of-fact text are freewheeling illustrations of mess and mayhem, in which the grown-ups’ exaggerated body language is sure to send older children into fits of giggles. With its endearing, unabashedly self-pleased star, I Am a Baby will find a place at showers, in nurseries, on parents’ shelves, and in the hands of appreciative big siblings, as it celebrates the changes a little one brings, at once challenging and full of love.
This egocentric yet lovable infant will strike a chord with exhausted new parents, and emerging readers will appreciate the repetitive, deadpan text. A welcome addition to baby storytimes.
The saying goes that eternity is two people and a ham. For a young family, a better definition might be two new parents and a new baby. . . . Bob Shea captures the exhausting joy of this little eternity in ‘I Am a Baby,’ a picture book that’s likely to be enjoyed even more by parents than by children ages 2-5. . . . Like any ordinary unremitting day with a real baby, this light, humorous story circles around and comes back by the end almost to where it began. The endpapers of ‘I Am a Baby,’ meanwhile, are like two extra books in themselves.
—The Wall Street Journal