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Self Help for Babies Series: Sleep 101 and Whine Guide by Beck and Matt Stanton

A review by Emma Streeton

You know babies don’t come with a manual. Well, now they do, in this self-help for babies (parents?) series.

When we give birth, what tends to be the one thing that we wish our little darlings were clutching on their exit?! If your answer is a manual, then you would be correct!

Wouldn’t it be absolute bliss if from birth babies knew exactly what parents expect from them and parents knew what babies need from them? Well Beck and Matt Stanton may well have a solution. Now a newborn can read the manual with Self-Help for Babies, the hilarious new series from these well-loved authors.

From the moment they come into the world, babies embark on the steepest learning curve of their lives. Parents can have big expectations on these little people but where are the books to help them master the skills of life such as sleeping, feeding and toileting?! Nowhere… until now, that is.

Truth with humor

Sleep 101 aims to help babies get the sleep they deserve, in places they love, whilst Whine Guide aims to help them feel heard and correctly understood.

Beck and Matt Stanton sure know how to bring a smile to their readers face, no matter their age and this latest series does not disappoint in the humor department.

Bookworm reaction

My bookworms enjoyed perusing these books with me but I think I was the one who had the louder chuckles. Parenting is without a doubt the hardest job in the world. Coming home with a newborn is a roller-coaster of a transition for all involved parties. Quite often communication between parent and newborn is rather tricky… can’t think why! These books help to shed a little light humor on what gets lost in translation between little people and big people!

With clear black and white images and the use of block color backgrounds, this series is sure to demand the attention of little minds. They are great books to snuggle up with and smile at.

You can find the Whine Guide here and the Sleep (deprivation?) Guide here. Other books that appeal to Emma and her bookworms include a Polar Bear in Sydney Harbour and The Body Book, as well as every book Nosy Crow publishes apparently. Emma is a huge fan. – Editor

Book details

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
ISBN: 9780733341168
ISBN-10: 0733341160
Imprint: ABC Books – AU (HarperCollins)
Released: 02/09/2020
Format: hardcover, 24 pages
Age: From 0 years To 2 years and for carers!
BISAC1: JUVENILE NONFICTION, Family, New Baby, humor

Whine guide: self-help for babies


Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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