Published by Walker Books / ISBN 978 1406331080

There are, it is true, a number of books about the arrival of a sibling. Most are poorly executed, designed by publisher’s in-house, often without an accredited or even a good illustrator. Part of what makes this book unique is sublime mix of the talent of both John Burningham and his text with Helen Oxenbury’s superb and sensitive illustrations. Softly coloured and beautifully executed the book covers all those questions an elder sibling-to-be has about the new arrival to come…everything from what he or she will be called to what he might do. It really is, in my opinion the best ‘there’s going to be a new baby’ book.

First Experience books are on the whole are poorly designed and written. They are possibly the least well designed, let alone written genre. I will pick the best of those that I know and will review them under their different ‘experience’ for this blog…