Sarah Tsiang is the author of "A Flock of Shoes," also illustrated by Qin Leng, and of the poetry collection "Sweet Devilry," to be published in 2011. She lives in Kingston, Ontario. Qin Leng is an award-winning animator and illustrator. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
PreS-Gr 1-A big sister creates a guide to growing up for the new baby in the family, beginning with a list of her achievements. Her voice is proud, but the illustrations show her accomplishments to be a little less than perfect. The girl continues on to remind the infant of the things he won't be able to do at first and then to inform him of what he will master as he develops. ("You'll spend hours learning how much cups can hold. And how much they can't.") The cartoon illustrations are colorful and playful, and they provide a pleasant view into the protagonist's world. Unfortunately, the lengthy narration takes on a laundry-list-like quality that detracts from the main idea. Additional.-Catherine Brenner, Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar, NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This book is a wonderful read-aloud. The language is fun and
engaging, its layered meanings rich in humour for readers of all
ages.--Ken Kilback"Resource Links" (12/01/2011)
As your older sister, I'm here to help. I've put together this handy guide to life. So opens this peppy, if slightly overlong primer by the creators of A Flock of Shoes, which reveals everything that a newborn has to look forward to. The big sister narrator proudly takes credit for some things (as first-born, she gave their parents a promotion from Wanda and Bob to Mom and Dad), and praises her brother, as well (Before you, I was just me. Now I'm a big sister.... So see? You've done something great already). With hints of Ross Macdonald and Leuven Pham, Leng's mixed-media art creates lively scenes of domestic bliss (and drama).