Top 10 children's books of 2010
'There's Going to Be a Baby'
In John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury's "Theres Going to Be a Baby" (Candlewick) a mother and her son talk about the child who will arrive in the fall. When will baby come? Do we really need a baby? The boys insecurities emerge through their conversations. Exquisite Japanese-style woodcuts alternate with cartoon drawings, in which the boy imagines what the baby will actually do. The simple but universal situation has been brilliantly explored in a book good enough to become a classic.