The baby-changing station

by Miller, Rhett,

Format: Print Book 2022
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Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rhett Miller teams up again with Caldecott Medalist and bestselling artist Dan Santat in a laugh-out-loud rhyming story about an older sibling who gets an opportunity to trade his younger brother for cool stuff when he finds a magical baby changing station.

Before Joe rolled in / I was the ten-year-old King / of all I surveyed / Now that he's here / It's perfectly clear / That I / am in the way.

James is NOT a fan of his new little brother, Joe. His parents adore Joe and don't have time for James anymore. What is an older sibling supposed to do?!

When James stumbles upon a baby-changing station that can exchange younger siblings for much more exciting things, he is faced with endless options. Should he choose the night-vision googles, a cool chemistry set, a guitar, or keep his baby brother? James is put through the ultimate test until he realizes that being a big brother is not so bad after all.

With sly humor, playful rhymes, and dynamic art, The Baby-Changing Station celebrates the timeless theme of older-younger sibling rivalry with a humorous magical twist perfect for readers of all ages.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ten-year-old James reigned as the only child until the arrival of baby brother Joe, who constantly charms their parents with little effort. "My parents lose their minds. / They think he's so cool / As he poops and he drools / Which he does ALL THE TIME." In this amusing, rhyming tale, tan-skinned, green-haired James confesses his initial reactions to his new sibling and his fantasy of sending Joe back. Everything changes, however, when the family goes to pizza night at the Magical Pan. When Joe's diaper has an odor, the parents decide it's time James faces the "milestone" of using the baby-changing station. It's a magical night, indeed, as a screen in the restroom appears, giving James several options, like an electric guitar, for trading in his brother. When he considers alternatives, like forming a band one day with his brother instead, James finds an appreciation for his smelly, future friend. Santat's comical, exaggerated illustrations, toned in green, highlight the right blend of stinky baby, magical forces, and humor for families with new additions."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Ten-year-old James thinks life with his baby brother, Joe, can't get any worse: "Now that he's here,/ It's perfectly clear/ That I/ Am in/ The way." At the tan-skinned family's official pizza night, his exhausted parents announce that James will have to change Joe's "loaded up" diaper in the restaurant restroom. The bathroom's baby changing station, however, is no ordinary amenity: a screen offers Joe three chances to change the "crybaby" into "cool stuff"--such as a pair of six-string electric guitars--and erase all memory of the "dumb kid" so no one is the wiser. But each tempting choice makes James ponder a future without his brother as a comrade or co-conspirator ("More often than not,/ Siblings who rock/ Make the best bands, says my father"), leading him to realize that "though he's my nemesis/ I see a world in which/ He and I someday are friends." The idea of a kid taking on his parents' duties may not sit well with all readers, but Santat's (The Blur) generously scaled, operatically expressive pencil and watercolor art and Miller's (No More Poems!) age-appropriate weltschmerz propel the story forward, making for a contemporarily poo-laden twist on a Faustian bargain. Ages 4--8. Author's agent: Jennifer Gates, Aevitas Creative Management. Illustrator's agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Aug.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Brothers -- Juvenile fiction.
Infants -- Juvenile fiction.
Magic -- Juvenile fiction.
Stories in rhyme.
Brothers -- Fiction.
Babies -- Fiction.
Magic -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Little, Brown and Company,2022
Contributors Santat, Dan, illustrator.
Audience Ages 4-8.
Language English
Notes "Megan Tingley Books."
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 9780316459327
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