Sunday, February 24, 2008
MA! There's Nothing to Do Here!
Now here is a novel idea, and funny to boot. MA! There's Nothing to Do Here!: A Word from Your Baby-in-Waiting, by Barbara Park and illustrated by Viviana Garofoli, is an ode from a baby waiting impatiently to be born to Mom. Put this one at the top of your list of possible gifts for expectant friends.
Baby is bored, bored, bored in the womb and complains, complains, complains. There is a very long list of grievances. "I'm all in a heap here. My feet are asleep here. I'm flat out of space. I've got knees in my face. And I'm totally bored with this dumb bungee cord....I'm NOT kidding you...there is NOTHING to do!"
Baby dreams of life outside the amniotic pokey, and what is to come after being set free. Is Mom prepared? Does she have all of the necessary amenities? A crib? A night-light?
Finally, Baby decides to wait it out, to grow bigger and stronger. "Kiss Pop for me...I'll meet him soon...."
I can't think of other kids books about an unborn baby talking to Mom. I imagine it's been done, but this one is a winner. You'll be laughing, I promise.