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My Brother is an Avocado by Tracy Darnton & Yasmeen Ismail

We love the way that My Brother is an Avocado looks at how a baby grows during pregnancy. Using fruit and vegetables as a comparison to the baby’s size they also help to show the child’s differing emotions as the pregnancy progresses.

The Story: A child listens as Dad explains that their new baby brother is the size of a teeny-tiny poppy seed. As the pregnancy proceeds various fruit and vegetables are used to help the child visualise the size of their new baby brother as he grows. At the end the baby is compared to a watermelon. But after the watermelon comes an unexpected surprise…

Despite the simplicity of the text there are so many layers to this story. Using fruit and vegetables as a comparison to the new baby is incredibly clever as many of their attributes can be attributed to the baby, for example onions – crying, sprouts – smelly, avocados – wrinkled. They also help convey the child’s differing emotions about the baby’s arrival and help them to share worries, hopes and plans as they wait.

The child’s sex isn’t specified in the text and allows the reader to make their own judgements about their gender. As each different fruit or vegetable is introduced we learn more about the child and their thoughts and questions about how life will be when the baby arrives – what will be their favourite drink? What they will do together in the garden? At Halloween?

We are huge fans of Yasmin’s fabulous illustrations which stand out on predominantly white backgrounds. A diverse cast of characters are included in situations that will be familiar to a small child – a school music lesson, the garden and a football match.

My Brother is an Avocado is a fantastic book to help children visualise the size of a baby as it grows in the womb. It can be used to answer questions and stimulate conversations about pregnancy and the emotions that a child may be going through as they try to come to terms with a new family situation.

Age Range: 3 +

Author: Tracy Darnton / Illustrator: Yasmeen Ismail

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending a review copy of this brilliant book.

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10 responses to “My Brother is an Avocado by Tracy Darnton & Yasmeen Ismail”

  1. Ruth avatar

    I love the title! The illustrations also look really sweet. What a fantastic book for children who are expecting a sibling.

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a really eye-catching title! It definitely puts a whole new perspective on waiting for a sibling!

  2. Linda H. avatar
    Linda H.

    This sounds like a great book

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a deceptively simple text which manages to cover so many different concepts – very cleverly written 🙂

  3. Carol avatar

    I’m still laughing at the title. Of course your review makes the title seem perfect but it is funny. #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a brilliant title! Definitely one that would encourage me to pick the book up in a bookshop 🙂

  4. Jayne avatar

    What a lovely story book. Perfect for a child who is going to become a brother or sister. 😊

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s the perfect ‘pregnancy companion’ for a small child 🙂

  5. Kim Carberry avatar

    Aww! What a wonderful book. It does sound perfect for a little one who is waiting for a brother or sister. x

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a really ingenious way of describing how a baby grows 🙂