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Title: The Boss Baby
Author: Marla Frazee
Genre: Children’s Literature
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 1442401672
Summary: The boss baby is used to getting his way, but when his demands aren’t getting the proper responses, he has to go to new lengths to get the attention he deserves.

When a Cute Book Becomes a Cute Movie

I never had any intentions of seeing The Boss Baby in theaters, but I received an invitation to a screening, and the beau is a film critic. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the movie. I laughed A LOT, and I even got a little teary-eyed during some parts. I was even more surprised when the credits rolled and notified us that this movie was in fact based on the book, The Boss Baby. Part of me was excited because I thought, “Hey, this is a book movie!” The other part of me thought, “Really? Another movie that has probably ruined a great kids book.” (*Ahem* The Lorax) It’s been over a year since I’ve seen The Boss Baby in theaters, and I’m finally getting around to reading the source material. Can I just say, they really pulled quite the story out of this very short read. The Boss Baby reads like a cheeky poem about what all parents know, when you bring a baby home, they are the ones who really run the household. From that concept, the movie creates an epic back story for the boss baby that is absurd and hilarious. It’s another adorable kids movie that really seems like it was made for adults. There are plenty of jokes and gags that will tickle the parents in the audience and fly right over the kids’ heads, but the kids will love the bright colors and beautiful animation.

Overall Opinion

There is nothing exceptional about the book, but it is very cute. Although the book is geared toward kids 1-4, I think it would be a great baby shower gift for soon-to-be parents. The movie is funny and great for family movie night.

The Final Grade

Page Turner: The book is such a quick read that it could be a good book to read during before-bed story time for your little ones.

Theater Popcorn with Extra Butter: The book gives very slim pickings for a movie, but the movie did a great job of telling their story about the boss baby while keeping the book’s concept intact.

Your Turn

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  1. I had no idea that Boss Baby was based on a book. I haven’t seen it yet, but based on your response, I think I’ll work it into our lineup! We can all use a dose of cute and some extra laughs amidst all the rest of life 😀