The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered, Baby Brigade (Hardcover)

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By Deborah Diesen, Tracy Dockray (Illustrator)
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Join a crowd of cranky babies as they take to the streets!
The babies turned east at the corner of Main saying, “goo-goo” and “ga-ga” and “Out of our way!”
These babies have had it!
No more mashed peas!
No more bibs!
No more frilly clothes!
Their demands are loud and clear—but are their moms and dads ready to listen?

About the Author

DEBORAH DIESEN's first picture book, "The Pout-Pout Fish," was a "New York Times" best seller and one of "Time" magazine's Top Ten Children's Books of 2008. A former reference librarian and bookseller, Deborah enjoys doing school and library visits and writing on her blog, Jumping The Candlestick ( She lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons.

TRACY DOCKRAY has illustrated 21 books, including two that she wrote herself, but Tracy is probably best known as the illustrator of the latest editions of Beverly Cleary's classic chapter series, including the Ramona and Ralph S. Mouse books. She lives in a West Village brownstone in New York City with her husband and three children.

Praise For…

Review, School Library Journal:
"This story may resonate more with beleaguered parents who struggle to get their sometimes uncooperative little ones fed, bathed, and dressed, but the lap set will thoroughly enjoy saying the oft-repeated refrain, “WE’RE A BAREFOOTED BAD-TEMPERED BABY BRIGADE!” Great fun."

Review, Publishers Weekly:
"Dockray (The Tushy Book) gleefully and vividly reimagines babies' chunky, blunt physicality as the manifestation of civil disobedience—after closing this book, it will be difficult to look at anyone under 36 months and not see a budding Emma Goldman or Eugene V. Debs."

Review, Booklist:
"The scenarios of the rebels in action are as much fun as the climax, when they get the snuggle they want. A great early read-aloud, with a thumping, rhythmic text that kids will want to hear many times over."

Product Details
ISBN: 9781582462745
Publisher: Tricycle Press
Publication Date: March 23rd, 2010
Pages: 32