“Gia’s not looking forward to the ‘ding-dang baby,’ so evident in Mama’s beautifully rounded belly, despite the happy anticipation voiced by supportive family and friends. Even her teacher seems to be in on the plot to be positive, while Mama’s wisely understated cajoling leaves Gia feeling as aloof as ever, ‘thinking about all the years it had been just me and Mama… drinking hot chocolate and telling silly stories.’ But when Mama admits that she, too, will miss the ‘good old days,’ Gia agrees that she’ll ‘have to tell the baby all about it.’ After all, that baby is already sharing the delicious pie that’s Gia and Mama’s favorite. Gia’s narrative voice is prime Woodson—lyrical, colloquial, and imbued with the authentic feelings of a child who might be as old as eight or as young as five, and Blackall’s smooth-edged, Chinese ink and watercolor illustrations show the little family of two thriving in their simple, cozy home. Gently, the art clarifies and dramatizes the truth that change may feel threatening even in the most wholesome and loving environment—a familiar message, but a comforting one, delivered here with unusual warmth and grace.” —The Horn Book. Grades Pre-K–2nd.