There’s Going to be a Baby

John Burningham & Helen Oxenbury

Walker Books

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406331080

Published: 01 Sep 2011

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 2+

RRP: $20.99

Reviewed by Angela Hall.


This very sweet book follows the journey of mum and son when mum first tells her little boy there is going to be a baby.  Over the time period of mothers pregnancy which you can see developing in the pictures as her tummy gets bigger, the two talk about everything from will it be a boy or girl?  What should we name it? What will baby do?

Maybe the baby will work in the kitchen and perhaps be a chef.


I don’t think I’d eat anything that was made by the baby.


There is so much to think about and so many possibilities to consider when you are wondering what will be when becoming a big brother for the first time.  By the end of the story the soon to be big brother is becoming curious and ready to meet his little sibling.

The perfect story for a child about to be joined by a number two.  The beautiful story explores where your child’s mind might be or may get them thinking about the possibilities.  The illustrations have much to explore and talk about, Helen Oxenbury is unmissable as the illustrator with her well-known pictures which you may recognise from Ten little fingers and ten little toes by Mem Fox.

A gorgeously well crafted book.



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