Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2015)
Author Susan Hood sketches out the process of welcoming a new addition to the family, framed in the context of a robot giving one of the current family members the mission to make the new "recruit" feel as welcome as possible.
Hood includes a number of missions for the family, including how to help the latest recruit acclimate to their new home, and the various hijnks and pranks that both current and new recruits can get up to. The missions are both clever and giggle-inducing, and will make it a fun read for readers of all ages.
Hood's already delightful story is made even better by Mary Lundquist's charming rosy-cheeked drawings, showcasing diversity and wonderful details - look for the robot! - which makes an already wonderful story into an irresistable one. Younger readers will enjoy looking through the pictures, and spotting new and different details each time.
Bottom line: Susan Hood has written a fantastic book. It's a joy to read, with colorful drawings and fun scenarios that outline the various expectations and possiblities involved when welcoming a new member to the family. I highly recommend Mission: New Baby, for parents who may be thinking of ways to explain a new arrival to an only child, and showing them that a new sibling can be both a new friend, and a partner-in-crime.