Cover image for You are new / by Lucy Knisley.
You are new / by Lucy Knisley.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2019]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 27 cm
When you are a brand new baby there are many things you can do in the world--and when you get bigger there are even more new experiences.


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KNI Book Easy Collection
KNI Book Easy Collection
KNI Book Easy Collection

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A world of being new is waiting for little ones and the grown-ups who love them in this warm and funny book perfect for baby showers. From napping to crying, cuddling to playing, this book introduces the world with humor, honesty, and unmitigated sweetness. Award-winning author and artist Lucy Knisley celebrates the joys of having--and being!--a baby in this timeless celebration of new beginnings and the transformative power of love.

Author Notes

Lucy Knisley is a critically acclaimed and award-winning comic creator. She is theNew York Times bestselling author of the graphic novelsRelish,French Milk,An Age of License,Displacement, andSomething New. She lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Cartoonist Knisley makes her solo picture book debut with a hearty welcome to the new babies of the world: "Hello, you! You are new. When you're new... what can you do?" Working in a bold graphic design style, she depicts babies of different ages and backgrounds observing and interacting with their environments ("You take baths, wash off the grime, then get cuddled. Cozy time!"). Developmental stages change as the pages turn, and unconventional color combinations render the children with blue, purple, and cherry red hair and bring a friendly, modish aesthetic to the pages. It's a vivacious celebration of new arrivals and the many wonders to explore. Ages 4-6. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Knisley chronicled her wedding in her 2016 adult graphic-novel memoir Something New; her latest, Kid Gloves (2019), is about pregnancy; and concurrently she has authored her first picture bookabout a newborn baby. In lilting, lighthearted rhyme, the direct-address text describes the things a new baby can do: You can doze and nap and snooze. / It makes you sleepy, being newYou can open wide and yell. / Sometimes you make funny smells. The block-letter font, with occasional words in different colors for emphasis or humor, is easy on the eyesa plus for tired parents. Spare and colorful digital collage illustrations, with well-placed shadows for dimension, show cute blob-shaped babies with a variety of skin tones against clean white backgrounds, their actions and emotions easy to read as they grow and learn throughout toddlerhood, big-sibling-dom, new-school-age, and more. Their accomplishments may be small-seeming, but theyre monumental for young ones (and their grownups) and reassuringly portrayed for all: You might not know just what to do / Thats okay when you are new. elissa Gershowitz (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.