Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: King Baby

Publish October 26, 2016

King Baby is the latest picture book from award-winning cartoonist, Kate Beaton.  Life with a newborn is never boring, and from the moment King Baby arrives on the scene, his faithful subjects anticipate his every need.  Proud parents, with puffed out chests, stand at attention while throngs of admirers line up to catch a glimpse of the egg-shaped, swaddled bundle of joy.  The baby greets his public with “wiggles and gurgles and coos” and graciously grants photo-worthy “smiles and laughs and kisses.”   Speaking in a haughty, regal tone, this mini monarch also vocalizes his demands which include the urgent, “FEED ME!”, and the baffling, “Now.  Bring me the thing.”   King Baby takes tentative steps towards independence and before long is a toddler, standing majestically astride his “Lil’ Scoot” trike.  When his royal family expands, King Baby abdicates his crown to his sister – Queen Baby. The extended metaphor of a baby as a tiny despot also runs throughout the comical illustrations, providing plenty of chuckles.  Exhausted, bleary-eyed parents collapse on the sofa, while the chubby-cheeked infant, with a crown perched on his bald noggin, holds court in his high chair.  Kate Beaton’s sly humour hits the mark.  With wit and charm, King Baby rules!

King Baby

Kate Beaton
Scholastic Canada Inc.
ISBN 13: 978-0-545-63754-1

Linda Ludke
Linda Ludke

Linda Ludke is a librarian at London Public Library.  Her reviews have appeared in Quill and QuireSchool Library Journal and CM:  Canadian Review of Materials.  When she’s not reading and writing she also loves searching for vintage treasures.

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