Baby Brains and RoboMom

Simon James’ Baby Brains and RoboMom (Candlewick, $15.99) is a delightful ‘be careful what you wish for’ scenario for uber-moms and dads. Mom and dad did everything right with their baby while in utero and now that he’s born he’s a baby genius! Their little darling begins inventing while in diapers, but soon sees that motorized strollers and electric baby rockers are less than ideal for an exhausted mom and dad. So he invents them a robomom. At first all is well as robomom washes the car, prepares the meals and bathes Baby Brains. But the life of a busy mom is even too much for this mechanical miracle. Soon the Brains family is having nuts and bolts with engine oil for breakfast, Baby Brains is dunked into the dishwater and hung out to dry on the laundry line. “I want my mommy!” says Baby Brains. Moral of the story: there’s nothing that can replace a mother’s tender love. Darling illustrations and lovely interplay with the text. It’s got a sophisticated premise, so might tender older, striving readers


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