Once Upon a Baby Brother

Sarah Sullivan; Illustrated by the author

Melanie Kroupa Books

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Lizzie loves to make up stories and tell them to anyone and everyone, even though now that her annoying baby brother, Marvin, has joined the family, no one has time to listen.  She's so full of ideas, it seems like nothing can stop her. And then one day, something does. What’s a star writer to do?

Lizzie finds inspiration where she least expects it in this funny picture book, illustrated with energy and pizzazz by award-winning artist Tricia Tusa.

Once Upon a Baby Brother is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Praise for Once Upon a Baby Brother

Sullivan has found an oblique way to write about the ups and downs of a school-age child adjusting to a much younger sibling, and she carries it out with skill.” —Booklist

This title provides a creative twist on the new-sibling theme…a good choice to share with children coping with and learning to accept a new sibling.” —School Library Journal

Bits of stories are interspersed (“After slaying dragons in the forest, the princess gave a surprise birthday party for the king”), underlining Lizzie’s inherent creativity, and even when Lizzie sits at her desk with her back turned to the audience, readers will know they’re witnessing a girl who’s utterly in the zone.” —Publishers Weekly

Funny and useful” —Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Sarah Sullivan; Illustrated by the author

Sarah Sullivan is the author of Dear Baby: Letters from Your Big Brother (0763621269), illustrated by Paul Meisel.  She lives in West Virginia.

Tricia Tusa’s  illustrations appear in many acclaimed picture books, including the Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book In a Blue Room (978-0152059927) by Jim Averbeck.  She lives in New Mexico.

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Once Upon a Baby Brother
Sarah Sullivan; Illustrated by the author


Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year


Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Melanie Kroupa Books
June 2010
ISBN: 9780374346355
ISBN10: 0374346356
Picture Book
9 x 8 1/2 inches, 32 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 5 to 8
Grade Range: k to 3

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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