Little Big / by Jonathan Bentley. 9.9.2016

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers ISBN 9780802854629

PRI PS-Grade 1 Rating: 4

Being little is hard, especially when trying to be big in order to do what big people can do. In Little Big, one small boy bemoans the struggles of having little legs and hands that prevent him from doing big things like his older brother. As he considers the benefits of being big, such as having big legs like a giraffe or big hands like a gorilla, he simultaneously acknowledges the disadvantages of not being able to ride in his wagon or fit in his playhouse. In the end, he joyfully discovers he is just the perfect size.

In this charming book, Jonathan Bentley depicts a very common plight of most young children: the desire to be big. Using humor and childlike logic, the author convincingly leads young readers or listeners to the conclusion that being little is something to celebrate and enjoy. The text is minimal, with no more than one sentence appearing on a page, making the illustrations a central focus. The watercolor illustrations enhance the text with added detail and humor while providing visual delight. Each illustration is skillfully depicted from a little person’s perspective. Overall, this book is a treasure to add to the nursery library.

Justina McBride, CLJ