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Title:
You are (not) small
Author:
Kang, Anna, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Two Lions, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
"Two fuzzy creatures can't agree on who is small and who is big, until a couple of surprise guests show up, settling it once and for all!"--Jacket flap.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
BR Lexile.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781477847725
Format :
Book

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Winner of the 2015 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Two fuzzy creatures can't agree on who is small and who is big, until a couple of surprise guests show up, settling it once and for all!

The simple text of Anna Kang and bold illustrations of New Yorker cartoonist Christopher Weyant tell an original and very funny story about size--it all depends on who's standing next to you.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

A big, orange, furry thing and a small, purple, furry thing meet in a field. The big one calls the small one small, and the small one calls the big one big. Accusations escalate, with more big creatures and small creatures arriving to demonstrate the normality of one group and, by extension, the abnormality of the other. Just as things are getting out of control, a huge, green one (at least its legs) and a tiny, pink one arrive, proving that the small ones aren't that small, nor the big ones that big. Everyone is hungry, though, so they all go off to eat. Except for the lone pink, who calls the lone green hairy, and the cycle, presumably, begins again. Kang and Weyant bolster the accessibility of their tidy metaphor by creating sweet-looking, relatable creatures and placing them in an environment with no distinguishing features; children will have no trouble seeing themselves in the situation and the solution.--Barthelmess, Thom Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Like Rosenthal and Lichtenheld's Duck! Rabbit!, the debuting husband-and-wife team of Kang and Weyant uses the picture book form for a sophisticated philosophical debate. Weyant, a New Yorker cartoonist, draws two pudgy bearish creatures with bean-like noses-clearly the same species, but different in scale (and in color, it should be noted, though it never comes up). "You are small," says the larger one, pointing an accusatory paw. "I am not small. You are big," replies the smaller one, pointing back. "I am not big," says the larger one, paw to his chest. "See?" A page turn reveals a whole gang of larger creatures just his size. "They are just like me!" But there's a gang of smaller ones, too. The argument changes when a massive, Godzilla-size foot lands in the middle of the spread ("Boom!"), followed by a tiny creature who descends with a parachute. With these revelations, the creatures hone their analysis: "You are big and you are small." Start a discussion on the difficulty of establishing standards-or else just read it and giggle. Ages 2-6. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-In this endearing story, two bears argue about perspective. Each is convinced that the other is big or small in comparison to him and his friends ("I am not small. You are big."; "I am not big. See?"). Each group argues, until two other creatures (one even bigger and one even smaller) come along and shows them that they can be both big and small at the same time. The punch line at the end will have audiences laughing. This is a funny book with a good-hearted lesson to which children will easily relate. The illustrations complement the text nicely; the characters are expressive and likeable. The use of white space and large text make this a perfect book for reading aloud or for a shared lap read.-Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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