A new baby coming home can be very difficult for the older sister to accept. Especially as mum and dad think that every little squeek and snuffle baby Susan makes is “ever so ever so clever.” Baby Susan hiccups and mums says she is “ever so sweet.” Baby Susan blinks and dad says she is “ever so alert.” Older sister does twelve forward rolls and star jump and nobody takes any notice! This book humorously explores the frustrations an older sibling could feel when a tiny little baby comes home and seems to be get all the attention. Frustration reaches a peak when Susan does a poo in the bath which dad says is “ever so talented.” Older sister does a poo in the bath and gets sent to her room where she crossly scribbles “Susan STINKS” all over a photo of Susan! This book is hilarious and so cleverly captures the families change in dynamics now that baby Susan has arrived. On the final pages, Susan has an injection from the nurse and cries inconsolably. She is only comforted when her older sister cuddles and kisses and rocks her until she falls asleep, to which her family remark that she is ever such a brave, grown up and good older sister!
The book is told from the older child's point of view and is completely brilliant.
We like that Dad gets really involved with the new baby and changes nappies and baths her. We also like the hilarious illustrations and tone of the book. My own two boys aged 5 and 3 absolutely love this book, especially the page where she writes Susan STINKS on the photo. It really opens up opportunities to discuss jealous or angry feelings and feelings of being treated unfairly by mum and dad.
This book helps parents to understand that an older child can feel quite left out with a new baby arriving into the family and that it can be a very difficult time for them whilst they adjust to sharing their mum and dad's attention with a new sister or brother.