BARFBURGER BABY, I WAS HERE FIRST
Paula Danziger, Author, G. Brian Karas, Illustrator , illus. by
One-sided sibling resentment, rather than mutual sibling rivalry, drives this prickly picture book by the late author Danziger. As the grumpy title implies, five-year-old Jonathon resents his newborn brother, Daniel. "Daniel has gunk all over his face. He looks like he spit up a space blob," Jonathon observes. "He's just a Barfburger Baby." Under his breath, Jonathon insults Daniel on the basis of bodily functions (and, to be sure, readers will adopt choice terms like "Poopburger Baby" and "Snotburger Baby"). He hates to watch his parents, relatives and neighbors cooing at the infant, even though they bring him gifts too, and he bridles when they call him by a childish nickname, Jonathon Pookie Bear. "
Reviewed on: 08/23/2004