December 8, 2016
The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee
He may be the smallest member of the household, unable to utter an intelligible word, but everyone knows who is in charge . . . Boss Baby. From the round-the-clock schedule he drops on Mom and Dad to his oh-so particular demands, he keeps everyone on their toes. And when they don’t meet his demands he lets them know it by throwing a fit.
There’s no doubt about it, Boss Baby has the family on the ropes. But suddenly his high-handed tactics quit working. Will he find a new way to motivate his staff? (The answer is yes but you’ll have to read the book to find out how.)
How often have we heard someone say that the baby is the boss of the household? Frazee has taken this saying and run with it in a book that is almost too funny for words. I couldn’t decide which part was funniest — the fact that no one questions the fact that the baby has a briefcase or that his black pj onesies look like a suit and tie.
I’m not sure how I missed this book when it came out in 2010 but it is soon to be a movie put out by Dreamworks. The movie looks funny but I have to say the animation has lost the charm of Frazee’s own illustrations. The house and Mom and Dad’s outfits are “retro.” They look like they belong at an early 60s sock hop.
This is a perfect gift book — but not for baby. Have a child with a new sibling that has hijacked the entire family? Get her a copy. If you’re feeling a little mischievous, get it for the first time parents-to-be. They’ll think its funny but it’s already too late to save themselves. Yeah, I’m that big sister. Why do you ask?
Because this book is laugh-out-loud funny, it isn’t the best choice for bedtime reading but get ready to read it again and again at the demands of the newly defined older-sibling. And you really won’t mind. After all, everyone loves a great book.