Valiska Gregory, Author, Bruce Degan, Illustrator, Bruce Degen, Illustrator , illus. by Bruce Degen. HarperCollins $14.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-028574-6

Shirley the hippo thinks it's about time to send her new brother, Stanley, back where he came from ("The trouble with Shirley's new baby brother was that everything Stanley did was wonderful"). She's had enough of his attention-grabbing spitting, drooling, babbling and smelly diapers. But gradually Shirley undergoes a change of heart, thanks to a clever new babysitter, Ms. Mump. Announcing, to Shirley's delight, that "I like my tea with two lumps of sugar and no babies," Ms. Mump mirrors Shirley's resentment by disparaging babies in general ("Babies are notorious for getting into trouble"), while at the same time maneuvering Shirley into defending her brother. The resourceful woman also nurtures Shirley's sense of competency and importance by asking her to take over such chores as feeding, burping and diapering her infant sibling. Gregory (A Valentine for Norman Noggs) gets the arch tone just right, and it grows warmer as Shirley's affection deepens. The author also understands how a word like "notorious" (used judiciously, several times) can be like a feather tickler to readers' burgeoning vocabulary. Similarly, Degen's (Jamberry) artwork subtly follows the heroine's transformation: his thick black line allows for understated facial expressions as well as dramatic body language. The mixture of patterns and textures draws in readers, while the saturated colors provide the immediacy and punch of the unfolding changes in Shirley. Ages 3-7. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 07/08/2002
Release date: 09/01/2002
Show other formats
Hardcover - 1 pages - 978-0-06-028132-8
Prebound-Other - 32 pages - 978-0-606-29734-9
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.