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The Baby That Roared

  • Author: Simon Puttock
  • Illustrator: Nadia Shireen
  • Publication: 5 Apr 2012
  • Age: 3+
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Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize

Mr and Mrs Deer would love to have a baby, and one day their wish comes true: they find a little antlered bundle on their doorstep. The baby keeps roaring, so they ask for advice from family and friends, who sent them off to fetch what they think the baby needs. But it’s very peculiar, because each time Mr and Mrs Deer come back from their errands, someone has gone missing. It takes a wise Granny to burp the baby and spot the problem: the baby’s not a baby. It’s a little monster!

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Product details

  • Publication: 5 Apr 2012
  • Price: £10.99 HB
  • Format and size: Hardback 250mm x 270mm
  • Pages: 32pp plus ends
  • ISBN: 978 0 85763 018 6
  • Territory: World
  • Rights sold: Greek, US English, French, Chinese (Simplified)

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Kate says: “The Baby That Roared is very funny and a little bit scary. It’s about a pair of deer who take in what they think is a baby deer left on their doorstep, but – spoiler alert! – it turns out to be a little monster. I think that that pretty much every parent sometimes thinks that what they have is more of a little monster than a baby, and that most older siblings would agree. And the final twist is delicous.”

Simon says: “I distinctly remember The Baby That Roared being conceived in a van in Dumfries and Galloway. I was ambushed by a vision of a pair of gracefully ungainly deer with lovably gullible, innocent natures. The little monster followed naturally and immediately. (I was not actually driving the van.) I am properly excited to be working with Nosy Crow – they evidently know their publishing onions.”

Extract: Mr and Mrs Deer had no baby of their own to love and to cuddle and to read a story to, but oh! how they wished that they had. Then one day, Mrs Deer found a bundle on the doorstep. The bundle had a note attached – a note attached that said: I am a dear little baby. Please love me and cuddle me and read me lots and lots of stories. ‘That baby,’ said Mr Deer, ‘looks peculiar to me.’



  • “Shireen draws her cast with cheeky humor and the requisite cuteness.”

    The New York Times

  • “Children will absolutely delight in the silliness of this book. The illustrations are colorful, engaging, and quite funny. Be prepared for hilarity when you turn to the “burp!” spread. A great read-aloud or lap read, this one will have older children checking to see if their younger siblings are what they seem.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Simon Puttock cleverly relates the experiences of new parents … The book is funny and entertaining and stands up well to repeat readings. Kids will also love the funny drawings … Nadia Shireen’s illustrations are bright and funny, full of visceral detail.”

    Web Child

  • “Part of the charm of this mischievous story from Puttock is that readers know more than the main characters … Shireen is a smart choice to illustrate, given the similarly wicked humor that propelled her Good Little Wolf; her mixed-media art plays up both the baby’s maniacal tendencies and the other animals’ cluelessness … The repetitive structure and subversive humor should make this a storytime favorite.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A wickedly funny tale about the perils of babies. It is great material for laugh out loud storytime.”

    Library Mice

  • “A wonderfully wicked story with monstrous behaviour, magnificent burps and a terrible twist at the end. Enormous fun and perfect for roaring out loud.”

    Daily Mail

  • “Another delightfully skewed picture book from the people at Nosy Crow … Boasting a neat turn of phrase and a keen sense of rhythm, this is a twisty-turny tale of subterfuge and disguises, told in a breezy fashion that little ones are sure to adore. The illustrations are distinctive and daft, and eagle-eyed readers might rumble the ‘baby’ long before the Deers do.”

    We Love This Book

  • “A deliciously entertaining story that takes a fresh look at the arrival of a new baby and the problems it can bring.”

    The Guardian

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