Adding a new sibling to the mix can be a big transformation for a child. What is That thing? by Kevin McNamee tackles the subject in a humorous way.
Jenna likes to play pretend. What kid doesn't? Astronaut Jenna sees a strange looking alien and attempts to make contact, but she doesn't think it understands her. Then, Princess Jenna addresses her subjects, but something is stinking up the castle. Soon Jungle Jenna is swinging on vines to check on a strange animal, roaring inside a cage. When her mother asks if she'd like to feed her baby sister, Jenna stops playing pretend and realizes her sister is not a strange alien, mysterious creature, or roaring animal. Even though she wasn't sure if she'd like being a big sister, it turns out maybe she'll like it after all.
I'm sure when we all became a sister or brother, we looked at our siblings as aliens, strange creatures and animals, which is why we all can appreciate this heart-warming tale. This is a wonderful book to share with any young reader about to take on that new role, but I can't promise it will make them want to toss dirty diapers.
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 16 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (February 24, 2011)
Source of review copy: Author