Dogs Don't Eat Jam: And Other Things Big Kids Know

Sarah Tsiang (Author) Qin Leng (Illustrator)
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New babies have a lot to learn; lucky for them, the older sibling in this delightful picture book is here to tell them everything they have to remember ... and look forward to. Whether it's advice on turning regular people into parents, learning how to go--and stop--or figuring out the most important words (Mama! Dada! Up!), Dogs Don't Eat Jam is filled with useful tips and lessons from an experienced older sibling that will help newborns navigate the uncertainties of their new world. Following on the heels of the much-praised A Flock of Shoes, Sarah Tsiang and Qin Leng team up for a second time in this playful new picture book. It's the ultimate guide for newborns from an older, wiser sibling.

Product Details

$8.95  $8.23
Annick Press
Publish Date
August 07, 2011
8.58 X 0.15 X 10.48 inches | 0.39 pounds
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About the Author

Sarah Tsiang is the author of "A Flock of Shoes," also illustrated by Qin Leng, and of the poetry collection "Sweet Devilry," to be published in 2011. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.

Qin Leng is an award-winning animator and illustrator. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.


As your older sister, I'm here to help. I've put together this handy guide to life. So opens this peppy, if slightly overlong primer by the creators of A Flock of Shoes, which reveals everything that a newborn has to look forward to. The big sister narrator proudly takes credit for some things (as first-born, she gave their parents a promotion from Wanda and Bob to Mom and Dad), and praises her brother, as well (Before you, I was just me. Now I'm a big sister.... So see? You've done something great already). With hints of Ross Macdonald and Leuven Pham, Leng's mixed-media art creates lively scenes of domestic bliss (and drama).
This book is a wonderful read-aloud. The language is fun and engaging, its layered meanings rich in humour for readers of all ages.--Ken Kilback"Resource Links" (12/01/2011)