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The Boss Baby

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,646 Ratings  ·  307 Reviews
The boss.

He's here.

(And FYI--he's a total baby.)
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Beach Lane Books
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Dec 10, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
From the moment he arrives, the new baby is The Boss. He holds lots of meetings, makes demands, has his own car and private jet, etc.--and, oh my gosh, the fun is in the accompanying illustrations that show him, for example, throwing a tantrum in his crib while Mom and Dad watch in terror (the "meeting") or swinging on a little rocket toddler swing (the "private jet"). The premise is so much fun and is carried out with great skill by Frazee's charming text and especially the humorous, detailed i ...more
"He made demands. Many, many demands. And he was quite particular. If things weren't done to his immediate satisfaction, he had a fit."

I LOVE The Boss Baby. It's hilarious, accurate, and has wonderfully funny illustrations. The way babies take over your life is depicted here as a demanding boss in the form of a suit-wearing bossy baby. He demands frequent meetings (many in the middle of the night), drinks made to order 24/7 (in the form of bottles), and has an office (smack dab in the middle of
I've just finished the board book edition and I can't help but think this would be more appropriately housed in the New Parents section of the bookstore/library because, really, cute as it is, it's pretty much the basic truth of having a baby in the house.
Sep 27, 2015 Josiah rated it it was ok
This book represents well everything that I've come to expect from Marla Frazee as an author and illustrator. The artwork is impressive enough on its own merits that I'm certain it must have presented a serious challenge for a piece of the 2011 Caldecott hardware, and the story's comedy is effervescent and always surprising, sure to bring about laughter in readers of any age. I have the feeling that Marla Frazee has become one of those authors whose every published work from now on will be disc ...more
Feb 12, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bean-books, picture
After my daughter was born, I was always asked in conversation, "are you going back to work?" I would smile, tilt my head toward the sleeping (or screaming) bundle in the room and say, "nope, she's my boss now." This usually got a chuckle because it was funny.

Only, I wasn't joking.

I'm tickled pink that Marla Frazee could put into words and pictures what it is TRULY like to have a miniature person "running the house." The exhaustion, the frustration, and ultimately, the sheer happiness of parenth
Valerie (Dobby_Puff)
Apr 29, 2015 Valerie (Dobby_Puff) rated it really liked it
Read in February.

It was a cute book! It described my son perfectly..not sure that is a good thing!
When the Boss Baby arrives, he immediately takes control of his parents’ lives – “He put Mom and Dad on a round-the-clock schedule, with no time off.” Dressed in black footie pajamas that look just like a power suit (with a convenient flap at the back) and a tie, the Boss Baby proceeds to throw his weight around. It’s truly remarkable how many parallels there are between insufferable bosses and squalling babies – Marla Frazee is a genius. This is funny on so many levels. The illustrations are gr ...more
Becky Ginther
Jan 07, 2014 Becky Ginther rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, humor
This is a cute little picture book that I think would be a funny gift to give to first time parents with a new baby. Basically, the story is a big metaphor comparing a baby to the boss of a big company - he's spoiled, gets everything he wants, tells everyone else what to do and has everyone cater to him, etc. The illustrations are fun and work well with the tone of the book, and it's a good laugh. A cute, clever little book.
Ashlee Tominey
Feb 27, 2015 Ashlee Tominey rated it really liked it
A funny read for a Mom of a Boss Baby. Loved the illustrations.
Apr 16, 2014 Ashley rated it liked it
Shelves: storytime-picks
A wonderful tongue in cheek story. Babies are the real bosses aren't they?

Jun 04, 2014 Russell rated it really liked it
A hilarious and entertaining read, though sending completely the wrong message. No child of mine has been such a domineering insolent little tyrant, and no supervisor of mine has been so awful and disrespectful. Should we really be comparing our progeny to Joffrey Baratheon from A Game of Thrones or Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada?

That said, the book is amusing, and well illustrated. Particularly (view spoiler)
Kristine Hansen
Feb 20, 2016 Kristine Hansen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Here is that perfect gift for anyone who is expecting their first child. I'm not calling this a picture book for children (though they will likely laugh and enjoy the story). This is pure fun for adults who've been there, and those who are about to be there. The baby is BOSS of the household, and there's no two ways about it.

Humorous and highly accurate, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Jun 06, 2014 Terri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: state-awards
For The Boss Baby, I chose to use the following openings: prompt predictions based on the title, invite personal connections, and defining key terms.


“Today we are going to read the book, The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee. Who can share with us what the word boss means?”

“That’s right. The word boss refers to a person who is in charge of other people. Now that we know what the word boss means can we predict what this book might be about? Can a baby be a boss? If so, who would the baby be the bo
Dec 09, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a super cute book that both my husband and I and our children really enjoyed. It's funny and very true to life. Puts a humorous spin on parenting a new baby.
Alyse Liebovich
May 07, 2012 Alyse Liebovich rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
Same illustrator as the Clementine series with really humorous illustrations. Recommended by Kathy, who said she likes to give it as a gift to new parents.
Feb 23, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it
This is less a book for kids and more a book for their exhausted parents! It rings very true!
Kyra Harwell
Mar 31, 2011 Kyra Harwell rated it really liked it
This is such a cute book. I purchased two copies to give as a gift to two first time mothers.
Amianne Bailey
Read Aloud--3rd grade; Great pairing with Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth!
Sam Ott
Oct 11, 2015 Sam Ott rated it really liked it
The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee, published in 2010.
Genre: Fiction
Format: Picture Book
Plot: This book details the ways in which a baby is the boss and some of the trials that new parents will face, but all through the perspective of the baby as a CEO. The tone is light and fun and the full page illustrations beautifully compliment the text.
Considerations: None
Review Citation: SLJ July 2010
Selection Source: School Library Journal Best Books (2010)
Recommended Age: 3 - 5 (and parents expecting child
Dec 15, 2010 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
When the baby arrives it is obvious that he is the boss of the household. He makes constant demands which if not met result in a fit. He expects lots of perks like beverages whenever he asks. And he needs lots of attention, or meetings. But you can only push employees so far, and when they near collapse, the boss is forced to think outside the box! This very funny take on being a new parent and welcoming a baby into a home is perfect for expectant parents and just might give new siblings an idea ...more
Nov 05, 2013 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
This gem of a book is the perfect gift to give to new parents just on the cusp of welcoming a new arrival into their home.

Just look at that face on the cover...and the black formal business suit (complete with a back trap door)...and guess who is in charge? You guessed it, yep the baby! He puts mom and dad on a 24/7 schedule demanding drinks made to order, plenty of perks which include his own lounge and spa and of course his own executive gym. He makes it quite obvious who's running the ship an
Jessica Sheaffer
Feb 16, 2013 Jessica Sheaffer rated it it was amazing
Marla Frazee has done it again! This award winning author (Caldecott, New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Horn Book, ALA, and BCCB) has written a delightful, realistic-fiction picture book that depicts the life of two new parents trying to keep up with their infant’s demands. Frazee won the “School Library Journal Best Books of the Year” award for this book, although I believe it deserves even more praise. Perhaps I’m biased because I am a new parent mysel ...more
Mar 26, 2014 Fjóla rated it really liked it
More accurately, three and a half stars. Funny and quite true in many ways. The humorous picture spreads are in the same style as the ones from Marla Frazee's wonderful All the World. Don't know if children will get much of the humor, maybe some but not all ...
Chelsea Gail Smith
Feb 07, 2013 Chelsea Gail Smith rated it it was amazing
The Boss Baby written and illustrated by Marla Frazee is a hilarious book. I found myself laughing out loud at certain times because of how appropriately she makes the connection between a boss and a baby. It was cute to see how a baby's normal routines like drinking a bottle or taking a bath were considered to be the boss's "perks". I have a two year old niece and I feel like my sister would very much appreciate this book. My niece was her and her husbands boss as a baby...and still is at age 2 ...more
Lacey Louwagie
Jan 29, 2016 Lacey Louwagie rated it it was amazing
This is definitely one of those picture books that is as enjoyable for adults as for kids, if not more so. While children may giggle at the "boss baby" in his little business-suit onesie and his furrowed brow, only adults will truly appreciate the horrible hours he requires of his "employees" or the "executive perks" such as drinks on demand. Would make a fun gift to expectant parents at baby showers. The text is clever, but the illustrations are what really steal the show.
Dec 22, 2014 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Browsing the children's section at the bookstore recently made me realize with absolute clarity that I am not a big fan of the overly sentimental or aggressively colorful kids' books prominently featured on the shelves. Give me cute and funny any day! This book definitely fits that bill.

It may be one of those books that appeals more to parents than kids, or perhaps it is one of those that transcends by engaging children while also amusing their parents. The plot is simple: a new baby comes and t
Bethany Zimp
Feb 23, 2015 Bethany Zimp rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
A quick read with fun pictures and a simple plot that infants and toddlers enjoy. When the boss baby arrives, he is used to his stipulations being met, until his family becomes exhausted from his demands. A creative and fun book for adults to read (did I mention it was short!)

Favorite quote from my 2 year old child to the younger: "Brother, stop being a boss baby. Your demands will NOT be met until you say mama or dada, understand?"
Jan 02, 2015 Katy rated it really liked it
Every parent knows what it is like to cater to a baby's every need. Sometimes it seems like the kid (s) is/are running the house and dictating all the decisions! Frazee takes that idea and turns it on its head here in a very clever way. I loved the ending! Much of the humor is for adults, though. My son definitely did not pick up on much of it, which is the only reason I did not give this five stars.
Nov 17, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-picture-books
So clever! Not sure if all of the ideas translated to the third graders I read this book to but they enjoyed it nonetheless. I loved loved loved how Ms. Frazee mentioned the perks (lounge, spa, executive gym, drinks made to order 24/7 and the private jet) of being a baby as well as how unresponsive workers/staff are to a baby's demands.
Pooch Parsons
Apr 29, 2014 Pooch Parsons rated it it was amazing
As the saying goes: "It's funny because it's true!" Parents may laugh to themselves as they read this to their kids. Or they may read it without their kids and still laugh! It's like a children's book, for parents. Randomly read it in the store one day, laughed at all the scenarios, and ended up buying it. Great illustrations too.
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