A young boy of mixed heritage (Japanese mother, Caucasian father) shows how his parents' lives were dull and boring before he was in the picture, but now are fun and exciting. One example is their daily commute, during which they take the narrator to school and stop at a park, having enriching encounters with many animals. The text is brief, to the point, and uses descriptive words the way a child might, making it plausible that this could be a child's voice. Meshon's trademark naive-art style depicts pages full of bright colors and an abundance of detail, furthering that impression and showing that the narrator's take on the situation may not be entirely accurate. Word balloons identify many objects, boosting the childlike feel and expanding our knowledge of the family's lifestyle (lunch comes in bento boxes and can include tamagoyaki and onigiri) without compromising the simplicity of the text. This enjoyable peek at a particular family makes both a wonderful window and a mirror for children and their own families. Preschool-Grade 1. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Meshon (Delivery) celebrates the making of a family from a young child's point of view ("They couldn't wait to meet me"), comparing the tranquility of life in a two-adult household with the uproar that a baby brings. "Before" spreads are rendered in calm, cool shades, and "after" spreads are shown against warm red. "Breakfast used to be super dull" describes a scene of parents drinking green tea and espresso in quiet serenity; "Now breakfast is so awesome" accompanies an image of a cluttered table with cereal puffs, the child's paintings, and an overturned juice glass. "Time to GET READY!" reads a banner above images of the grown-ups hurrying to pull garments over their heads: "They are late again!" the family bulldog complains. A cross-cultural theme is subtly introduced: red-haired, freckled Dad eats leftovers for lunch; Mom is Japanese and brings tamagoyaki in her bento. Meshon's rounded, marshmallowy shapes carry cheerful, goofy energy that amplifies the cozy chaos in this fresh perspective on how children expand their parents' lives. Ages 3–5. Agent: Rubin Pfeffer, Rubin Pfeffer Content. (May) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.
"A little boy describes what his parents' lives were like before he was born...and how much more fun-filled they are now that he's here!"--Review by Publisher Summary 2
A little boy describes how his parents' lives have become far more fun and adventurous since he was born.Review by Publisher Summary 3
In this touching and cheeky before-and-after story for fans of Matthew Cordell's Wish, a child describes what his parents' lives were like before he was born...and how much more fun they have now that he's finally here!Before he was born, Mom and Dad dreamed of their new baby. Back then life was boring. All they did on weekends was sleep in; have quiet, peaceful (dull) breakfasts; and read lots of (boring) baby books. But now, life is an adventure. Their new child makes for an excellent alarm clock, knows that sofa cushions are better used in a pillow fort, and shows how a detour through the park can make the morning commute magical. Best of all, now the whole family reads fun books...together.In this playfully sweet picture book, perfect as a baby shower gift, Aaron Meshon captures the eagerness of expecting parents--and all of the chaotic, messy, wonderful joy a new child brings.