Monster baby

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Being the older sibling can often cause conflict for pre-schoolers. Lee Carr avoids the usual approach of assuming jealousy and resentment – Jake is clearly already fond of baby Meg, and used to waiting for his mother’s full attention while she naps. He also knows that if she doesn’t sleep, though, she turns into a real monster, and sure enough, when Mum is out of the room that’s exactly what starts to happen. As she begins to sprout blue fur and fangs, it’s Jake’s responsibility to settle his sister, which he manages admirably. This is a sweet and funny story, and a handy reminder that it’s possible to acknowledge the bad points of our loved ones without loving them any the less.