Work Title: Baby Brains
Work Author(s): Simon James
Color illustrations, 32 pages, Softcover $6.99
Children's Picture Book
Reviewer: Carolyn Bailey
Baby Brains utters his first words the day after he comes home from the hospital: "I'd like to go to school tomorrow." His dedicated parents have nurtured his intellect from conception with news, music, and language classes. Their efforts pay off as their child masters kindergarten, medical school, a career as a doctor, and astronaut training, all in his first year of life.James, author and illustrator of Leon and Bob, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, as well as several other well-received picture books, humorously sends up the current cultural phenomenon of parents who push their children too hard with the best of intentions. Baby Brains' outrageous levels of achievement, combined with tight pacing that builds suspense, will keep young readers attentive and anxious to see what he will accomplish next. Large cartoon-style...