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Once Upon a Baby Brother

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  73 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Lizzie loves to make up stories and tell them to anyone and everyone, even though now that her annoying baby brother, Marvin, has joined the family, no one has time to listen.  She's so full of ideas, it seems like nothing can stop her. And then one day, something does. What’s a star writer to do?
Lizzie finds inspiration where she least expects it in this funny picture boo
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Caitlin Crowder
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Caitlin by: Susan Nicholas, Shirley Topeka
I bought this book for my little girl, mainly just because Sarah happened to be in the store at the time and I jumped at the opportunity to have a book signed for my daughter. (Which she was so kind to do even though she was at the store for personal, not promotional reasons.) Once I got home and read it to her though, I never could have expected such a great book. I loved it and my daughter loved it so much that we took it to read to her class. My favorite part is when the little girl realizes ...more
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Aimee Martin
Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Once Upon a Baby Brother

Once Upon a Baby Brother is about a lovely little girl named Lizzie. Lizzie loves to tell every type of story, she tells them every second of every day. She told stories while hiking, to her dog Big George, and at her mom’s work until… her little brother, Marvin, came along. After that when Lizzie tried to tell her stories, Marvin would always get in the way and take away her spotlight. Marvin loved his sister Lizzie though. He always tried to help make her bed, and brush
Nausheen Ukani
Sarah Sullivan creates a book focusing on how the arrival of a new family member can change things. Older sister, Lizzy, loves to make up very creative stories and loves the attention she gets from telling everyone her fun stories, but when her little brother, Marvin, is introduced into the family, the attention shifts. Lizzy resorts to writing and creating more negative stories about her new little brother. When Lizzy is assigned a picture book assignment, she faces writer’s block. Behold! Lizz ...more
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
If Tricia Tusa illustrated it, I want to read it. She has never disappointed me yet.

Lizzie loves to entertain people (and her dog, Big George) with her stories. She's imaginative, she's clever, she's energetic. Then her new baby brother, Marvin, arrives, monopolizing part of her audience (her parents) and annoying her in general. Lizzie's stories begin to take on a new theme with villains who bear a striking resemblance to Marvin. When Marvin goes to visit Grandma, Lizzie is thrilled at the pro
Mandy J. Hoffman

Once Upon A Baby Brother is the Lizzie and her baby brother Marvin. Not only is it a fun story to read - which is always a good thing - but it also teaches kids about writing as well as having a younger sibling. It was neat to see Lizzie go from being frustrated with her new brother to being thankful, even if it was because he was good writing material!

I think this book is a cute book to read to any kid, but a firstborn, or child who has just had a baby born into their family is probab
There is an important and relevant lesson is to be learned in this story. I liked the book because it is relevant to my kids (dealing with a terrorizing baby brother), but the ending is a positive one. I think the text could have been more efficient, a bit shorter, and not lost it's potency.

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Kelly Reed
May 22, 2010 rated it liked it
This book was a little hard to follow at first, but once I figured out the flow it was a delightful read. There were several places where I laughed out loud to Lizzie's thoughts on her little brother. It had some funny and unexpected dialogue, but that's what made it so cute....with kids you don't ever know what they will say! Good read.
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Storyteller Lizzie finds her new baby brother to be mostly a nuisance until she realizes he's the inspiration behind some of her best stories to date.

Watercolor illustrations are delightfully detailed. Lizzie is a character you won't soon forget and the bond she develops before book's end with her brother is heart-warming. PreK-2.
Lenore Webb
May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
"Once Upon a Baby Brother" by Sarah Sullivan was just perfect. It was Grandbabe boy's actually birthday as Grandbabe girl's birthday was the day before. It was so fun to hear the fantastic stories that Lizzie makes up. But with a new baby brother in the house it is harder to get anyone to notice her. But never fail Lizzie can come up with a great new story.
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
OK to try it out at the library, but definitely not one of those keepsake books to be read over and over again. the beginning was a little hard to follow when Lizzie mixes her stories with the narrative of reality. it just didn't flow right to the kiddo so it didn't keep her interest.
Candace Carr
I would use this book to give to a student who may have a baby brother who gets a lot of attention and they just want to feel loved too. I would also use this book to show a student that they can get inspiration in the writing from their surroundings.
Nov 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
enjoyed by mom and boys alike : )
totally cute!
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-we-own
The illustrations moved this from 3 to 4 for me. Pretty fun.
Emmaus Public  Library
Lizzie is filled with stories. Everyone likes to hear them, until her baby brother comes along. She learns to incorporate him into her creative tales for second grade
Jul 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Renee by: K-2nd
3.5 This deals nicely with the difficulty of having a younger sibling.
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Author of ALL THAT'S MISSING, which received a starred review from the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and 4 picture books, including most recently PASSING THE MUSIC DOWN which was an NCTE Notable Book in the Language Arts. Her second book, DEAR BABY: LETTERS FROM YOUR BIG BROTHER was an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold award winner. Her fifth picture book, A DAY FOR SKATING, illustrated b ...more
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