Tuesday, December 15, 2015

You are (Not) Small by Anna Kang

Illustrated by Christopher Weyant, this is one of those deceptively simple picture books that says a lot in just a few words. The few words garnered it a Geisel Award for beginning readers, even though it's much bigger than the traditional beginning reader book.

Fuzzy egg-shaped beings in different colors and sizes dispute relative size in very large print on uncluttered pages. The print and page size make this book accessible to children with impaired vision as well as the back row of a storytime audience. There is shouting and a big BOOM to delight kids and a subtle message that we have more in common than our differences which are relative anyway.

For a story program, I would combine You are (Not) Small with Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back (for similar simplicity) or Theodore Seuss Geisel's own Sneetches(for another look at differences). 
Review by Carolyn Caywood, retired from VBPL

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