There's Going to be a Baby

Written by John Burningham

Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

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LoveReading View on There's Going to be a Baby

Award-winning husband and wife John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury have teamed up in this wonderful picture book which delicately captures the complex and sometimes overpowering feelings of an older sibling waiting for the arrival of a new baby. John Burningham’s delicately written story takes the form of a beautiful dialogue in which the optimistic possibilities of what the baby might and might not do are juxtaposed with some of the fears and negative feelings that the thought of it creates. Helen Oxenbury’s illustrations match both the delicacy and the humour of the text perfectly and, by the end, both words and pictures welcome the baby with hope.

There's Going to be a Baby Synopsis

From two of the world's best-loved picture-book creators, an absolute gem for new-siblings-to-be. When is the baby coming? What will we call it? What will the baby do? We don't really need the baby, do we? As the arrival of a new sibling draws nearer, the questions that stream through a young child's mind are followed with sensitivity and humour in this enchanting book. Exquisitely illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, these pages brim with love, excitement and reassurance as the child in the story imagines all kinds of colourful futures for the brother or sister he is waiting to meet. Full of warmth and promise, this is an instant and timeless classic. It is the first book-publishing collaboration of this award-winning husband-and-wife team. Oozing with loving interaction between parent and child, and with unspoken - yet palpable - reassurance.

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ISBN: 9781406331080
Publication date: 01/09/2011
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780744549966
Publication date: 04/10/2010
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780744549966
Publication date: 4th October 2010
Author: John Burningham
Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers

About John Burningham

John Burningham studied illustration and graphic design at the Central School of Art, graduating with distinction in 1959. Many illustration commissions followed including iconic posters for London Transport, before the publication of Borka: the Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers, John’s first book for children (Cape, 1963) which won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration and heralded the beginning of an extraordinary career. John Burningham has since written and illustrated over thirty picture books, that have been translated and distributed all over the world. These feature his classic and much loved children’s books including Chitty Chitty ...

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