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The Baby Swap

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  226 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
A jealous big sister learns a very loving lesson in this warm and funny picture book about sibling rivalry, featuring charming text and retro-nostalgic artwork.

Caroline Crocodile is not thrilled with her baby brother. He drools. A lot. But all Mama Crocodile ever says is how GORGEOUS he is! And so Caroline ventures into a baby shop to swap out her brother. Unfortunately, t
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 17th 2015 by Little Simon (first published January 1st 2013)
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Aug 07, 2015 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Caroline is not happy to have a baby brother. Her mother adores him despite his dribbling mouth. She talks all of the time about his yellow eyes and green skin and how very cute he is. When her mother goes into town to exchange her hat for one that is just right, Caroline gets an idea and heads to the baby store to trade her baby brother in for one that is just right too. The baby panda with yellow eyes like her mother likes eats the bamboo furniture. The baby elephant is too squirty and ends up ...more
Aug 06, 2015 Tracie rated it liked it
Shelves: picture_books
When Mam Crocodile takes her hat back to the hat shop to "swap it for one that is just right," jealous big sister Caroline is inspired to take her (smelly, boring, and dribbling) baby brother back to the baby shop. Predictable, but cute.
Oct 20, 2014 Cherise rated it it was amazing
A great pick for a child with a new sibling!
If there's such a thing as perfection, this is surely a perfect picture book. Perfectly pitched text, relevant to pre-school up to well... you could say any age, but realistically upper primary. The illustrations are elegant and funny and assured and... just perfect. This would have been an all time favourite for me when I was 6 if it had only existed.

(I remember being about 7 and my mum said 'your daughter has such beautiful skin' to a friend's mum. I went green all over... ha ha ha!)
Mar 17, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: preschool-k
When big sister is left in charge of baby brother of whom she is not too fond, she discovers the baby shop and proceeds to trade her brother for one baby animal after another. After problems with each of these alternatives, sister crocodile trades back for her own brother. A fun story that many older siblings may identify with and get a giggle from. Retro-looking illustrations accompany this tale. The illustrations are brightly colored and depict a sunny, happy town bustling with many types of ...more
Traci Bold
Jul 04, 2015 Traci Bold rated it it was amazing
The late Jan Ormerod, beloved, award-winning children's picture book author/illustrator and illustrator, Andrew Joyner, capture the essence perfectly of a sibling's new baby envy.

Caroline Crocodile is jealous of the attention her baby brother is getting from Mama Crocodile and she wants in on the action. When she is left in charge of caring for her dribbling baby brother, she swaps him at the baby store for a different baby. The new baby is finicky though so she trades that one too.

Becky B
Caroline Crocodile isn't thrilled about her new baby brother. He's dribbly and smelly, and worst of all, he takes up lots of Momma's love and time. So Caroline decides to swap him for a different baby at the store. However, after trying out a few other baby animals, Caroline decides maybe her little brother isn't so bad after all.

The facial expressions and comic situations in this are fantastically illustrated. It's quite humorous. I love how Caroline's plans to swap for a different baby animal
Feb 07, 2016 Lauren rated it liked it
Shelves: everybody
A book about sibling rivalry and the feeling of being displaced by a baby brother. Caroline tries to get rid of her baby brother for other animal babies and finds out her brother is the best. I found the first page very disorienting and confusing. It looked like Richard Scarry's Busy World, making it difficult to pinpoint who was talking and which characters were the focus. If you use this for a read aloud, you might want to explore the page before you start reading so that your students can ...more
Oct 05, 2015 Amy added it
Shelves: j-picture-books
Popularity/appeal rating: 3

Quality rating: 2.5

In a one-sentence nutshell:
The illustrations are eye-catching - bright and cheerful - but I've seen the same version of this story a million times over. Arthur and I were both confused that the "Baby Store" actually sold babies (and not baby supplies), but in a world where alligators wear hats and walk around on two feet, I guess anything is possible. Not impressed!

Sandra Guerfi
Feb 24, 2015 Sandra Guerfi rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a great book for anyone who's dealing with a child having jealousy issues with a new baby brother or sister in the family. The little girl crocodile is jealous because mommy shows her new baby brother so much love. When they go with mom to run errands she sees an opportunity to change her smelly, dribbling brother at the Baby Store. This is a cute and readable book about the reasons one should always keep one's sibling.
Mar 23, 2015 Desiree rated it really liked it
Candice's new baby brother gets all the attention. Her mother gushes over her baby brother's sharp little claws, yellow eyes, and scaly snout! Candice is not as enamored with her baby brother and her mother is. When her mother takes the family on a shopping trip to swap hats, Candice gets a brilliant idea. What if she can swap her baby brother for a better model. This is a great story about the introduction of a new sibling into the family.
Feb 24, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Super cute book about a big sister who's not sure she likes her new baby brother. Caroline Crocodile is jealous of her little brother and the attention he gets from their mother. So when she has to watch him while their mother is shopping, Caroline decides to trade him in for a new baby brother. She tries out a panda (too fussy), an elephant (too squirty), and twin tigers (too tiring). In the end, she decides that her brother isn't so bad after all.
Mar 03, 2015 Kaethe rated it it was amazing
New baby siblings are sometimes a drag. Perhaps some other sort of baby might do better?

Sibling hate is a familiar picture book trope, but really, watching a kid test-driving a whole slew of different kinds of (animal) babies is a hoot. Andrew Joyner's art really sells it: he manages to remind one of Bernard Waber's Lyle books and the style of children's books of the seventies without feeling slavish; it's just a knowing nod.

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While mom goes shopping, Caroline does a little shopping of her own. She comes to the conclusion that a baby who is too squirty or too tiring or all the other things about the babies traded at the Baby Shop are not worth the trade - her little brother is just the kind of baby she can live with!

Curiously enough, the monkeys in this book look like George. Great art!
Kristina Jean Lareau
Feb 23, 2015 Kristina Jean Lareau rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Caroline is jealous of her new baby brother, so she tries to swap him for a better fit.

This picturebook is lively and colorful with a veritable zoo of characters. It is just the right length and the illustrator clearly had fun illustrating this world. This book is best for siblings and families with new babies.
Mary Ann
Caroline Crocodile is definitely jealous of her baby brother, but it’s more than that. He’s smelly, dribbly and just not right. On a shopping trip, she decides that she should try to exchange him for a new baby at the baby store. Big siblings will laugh at the trouble each new baby causes, and the conclusion hits a perfect note as her own baby brother might be the best one after all.
The Brothers
Jan 20, 2016 The Brothers rated it really liked it
A older sister crocodile is less than enchanted with her new baby brother. So when her mother goes to the hat store to exchange a hat, she takes him to the baby store to get a new baby. After a variety of hijinks with other animals, she decides that her brother actually was the best baby to begin with.

Great illustrations.
Apr 29, 2016 Nathan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I really enjoyed this however the detailed illustrations were much too distracting for storytime! Reading one-on-one with a child would be great for this book as there are lots of things to notice in the pictures.
Sep 13, 2015 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new favourite. Text is perfectly written; concise, exacting with a follow on storyline. The illustrations are delightful and not only support the text but enhances it with additional action. Lots to enjoy!!
Sep 13, 2015 Dee-Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This fun book is about a little girl crocodile who is jealous of her baby brother crocodile as he appears to be her mum's favourite. Hence she attempts to swap him for a better babay. I enjoyed this book, the pictures are wonderful and the story in entertaining.
Feb 18, 2015 Peacegal rated it liked it
Funny illustrations tell the story of a young crocodile who wants to swap her brother for a different baby animal.

Veg*n families note: The crocodile family eats fish and frogs, with are illustrated as dead whole animals with X's on their eyes.
Sep 13, 2015 Mentai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art-fun, down-time
Charming. Delightful illustrations. Mother croc in a hat and her expressions of mushy love for her baby crocs are great. 'Such lovely claws!'
Ken Williams
Sep 13, 2015 Ken Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd buy this for the illustrations alone. Such awesome detail. And the story is beautifully told. A wonderful partnership.
A great story for kids who are having trouble adjusting to being the older child. This would also be good to read-aloud to older groups of children.
Carolyn Roys
Feb 25, 2015 Carolyn Roys rated it it was amazing
What older child hasn't said, "Take him back?"
Caroline does just that with hilarious consequences.
Illustrations are fantastic. The author is deceased.
Sue Krust
Love it! Chuckling out loud when reading it to myself. Can't wait to read it aloud. Pictures and text match beautifully, and there are so many themes to explore. Love it.
Meghan Hunt
Apr 13, 2015 Meghan Hunt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jp-picture-books
The story is cute and especially good for children with younger siblings. What I really love, though, are the gorgeous illustrations. They feel simultaneously retro and really fresh. Love!
Mar 05, 2015 Jason rated it did not like it
NO. you do NOT let a little girl leave her baby brother in your store and then hand her OTHER PEOPLE'S BABIES TO TRY OUT.
Feb 20, 2015 Kelly added it
A typical "I don't like my brother/sister until I try all the other brothers and sisters and then I do" book. But it's still cute. The illustrations are fun.
Ruth Ann
Aug 25, 2015 Ruth Ann rated it really liked it
Cute big sister book about a jealous alligator who would really like to swap her drooling baby brother for something/someone smaller, less smelly and drier!
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Jan Ormerod grew up in the small towns of Western Australia, with three older sisters, and as a child she drew constantly and compulsively. She went to art school and studied drawing, painting and sculpture. After completing her degree, Jan become an Associate of the Western Australian Institute of Technology and Design in Education, taught in secondary schools on enrichment programmes, and ...more
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