Friday, October 16, 2015

Little Big (written and illustrated by Jonathan Bentley)

About the book: This playful book captures just how tough life can be when you're little. With little legs, it's hard to win races. With little hands, you can't open the cookie jar. And when you have a little mouth, nobody listens to you. Sometimes it seems like all your problems would be solved if you were just a little bigger. But "sometimes, " little is exactly the right size. Featuring delightful artwork and a relatable message, Jonathan Bentley's book will resonate with readers both big and little."

My thoughts: The charm of this book is its strikingly engaging illustrations that are cute, bright, ferocious, humorous, and which succinctly tell the story of being little and being big. As little brother typically trying to do and be just like big brother, he discovers he simply can't be and do both at the same time. Sometimes little is better than big.

I love the way his stuffed animals play an integral part in the story. The illustrations are super good with the stark colors standing boldly against the white backgrounds.

Published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers which is a Christian publishing house, the book is not focused on any Christian belief or concept. It could have just as easily been published by any secular main-line publisher. While there is no moral taught in the story, the concept of accepting ourselves for what we are (in this case it is being little as oppose to big), is certainly well developed.

A book that Chat with Vera can heartily recommend. Buy it as a gift. Get it for your own young child. Look for it in the library.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Eerdmans Books to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review.


  1. Enjoyed this review. Haven't read an Eerdman's book in a while and this was a great reminder I need to keep them in mind for more great stories.

  2. I love the sound of this story and am curious to know what part the giraffe plays :)

    Hopping over from the kid lit blog hop

  3. What a cute book! I'm popping over today from Booknificent Thursdays. I wish you a lovely week. Tina from Amanda's Books and More
    "Life is Beautiful" book review:

  4. Cute book, looks like lots of fun. The illustrations are wonderful. Kid Lit Blog Hop visitor.

  5. This book looks adorable! I'll have to find it at my library!

  6. Nice review. I have seen many a child trying to do the same as big brother/sister.
    Thanks for sharing on the hop!

  7. Love, love, love this cover! I think this is a book my sister would really love! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!

  8. Adorable! What a great lesson that so many kids can relate to. Thanks for sharing with #KidLitBlogHop!


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