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The Baby that Roared

The Baby that Roared

Author Simon Puttock
Illustrator Nadia Shireen
Publication date 03 Sep 2015





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Mr. and Mrs. Deer would love a baby, and one day they find a little antlered bundle on the doorstep. Mrs. Deer thinks their wish has come true; Mr. Deer thinks that the baby is very, very peculiar. When the baby won’t stop roaring, they ask advice from family and friends but it takes wise old Granny Bear to spot the problem: the baby’s not a baby – it’s a little monster. A very greedy little monster at that . . . and why have all their friends mysteriously disappeared?

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What the Critics Said

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

The New York Times

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“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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Chinese (simplified), French, Greek, Korean, US English


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