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Saturday 23 July 2011

Review: Lazy Little Loafers

Why don't babies work? Fair enough question. There are millions of them around, after all, and they seem to sit around doing not much at all. Maybe they could contribute just a little more?

So says our narrator, who is determined to find out why babies are living la vida lazy. So one day, she loads up her backpack and heads out to suss out the baby scene. Pretty quickly she spots a baby in a pram, sitting around waving a teddy (you know what they're like).

Not only does our heroine come to the conclusion that babies are a lazy lot, they are also snobby, can't read and are not very good at pushing their own strollers. They can't even make their own bed or complete homework.

Yes, they are good at elevator-button-pushing, but would you call that a job?

Told, most delightfully, with the voice of a typically cynical, ticked-off kid, the language Orlean uses is priceless, the observations very funny and totally sarcastic. I honestly think sarcasm isn't used near enough in kids' books; children respond to sarcastic humour so well.

Hilarious, witty, totally clever and wrapped up in some of the most gorgeous illustrations you ever did see, Lazy Little Loafers is a must-own for book lovers.

And after all her research, does our heroine discover why babies really don't work? Yes, she does - and the answer may surprise and delight you (and perhaps tick you off even more if you are of a similar ilk to our heroine).

Title: Lazy Little Loafers
Author: Susan Orlean
Illustrator: G Brian Karas
Publisher: Abrams, $24.95 RRP
Publication Date: 21 October 2008
ISBN: 9780810970274 
Format: Hard cover with dust jacket
For ages: 3 -10 
Type: Picture Book