Cover image for The new small person
Title:
The new small person
Author:
Child, Lauren, author, illustrator.
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2015.

©2014
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Elmore Green likes being an only child, so when his parents bring a new small person, his baby brother, into the house he is not pleased and does his best to keep the new small person out of his life.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.6 0.5 174229.
ISBN:
9780763678104
Format :
Book

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Summary

Lauren Child tells the familiar tale of a less-than-welcome sibling with subtlety, insight, affection, and humor.

Elmore Green starts life as an only child, as many children do. He has a room to himself, where he can line up his precious things and nobody will move them one inch. But one day everything changes. When the new small person comes along, it seems that everybody might like it a bit more than they like Elmore Green. And when the small person knocks over Elmore's things and even licks his jelly-bean collection, Elmore's parents say that he can't be angry because the small person is only small. Elmore wants the small person to go back to wherever it came from. Then, one night, everything changes. . . . In her signature visual style, Lauren Child gets to the heart of a child's evolving emotions about becoming a big brother or sister.


Author Notes

Lauren Child (born in 1965 in England) is an English author and illustrator. She is best known for writing the Charlie and Lola books and Clarice Bean novels. Her second book in this series, Clarice Bean Spells Trouble, was shortlisted for the 2005 British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year. A number of spin off books are available based on the scripts of the TV shows, though these were not written or illustrated by Child. Charlie and Lola has been sold throughout the world, and has won many prizes, including BAFTAs in 2007 for Best children's Television Show and Best Script. She writes the Ruby Redfort series. Book six, Blink and You Die, is on the bestseller list.

Lauren Child lives in London. (Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* When Elmore Green was an only child, he was the funniest, cleverest, most adorable person his parents had ever seen. After a baby joins the family, though, things seem to change. More change comes when his sibling, consistently referred to here as the small person or it, becomes mobile and verbal. When it grows even more, it follows Elmore everywhere, copies everything he does, and even shares his bedroom. Still, when Elmore has a nightmare, he discovers that sometimes a brave companion is just what he needs. Gradually, Elmore warms up to the small person, who becomes his brother, Albert. While the story arc is familiar, Child's version is fresh and amusing. Any child who has had to share jellybeans, not to mention parents, will understand the emotional conflicts at work in the lively text and striking digital collage illustrations. The children are fully depicted from head to toe, with brown skin, black hair, and large, expressive eyes. But when adults appear, they are shown only from the waist or shoulders down. Clearly, the kid's perspective is of prime importance here. With expressive illustrations and a story that speaks directly to children, this picture book is beautifully crafted for reading aloud.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Child (the Charlie and Lola books) tackles the new sibling problem with a story about Elmore Green, whose life is wonderful-"Elmore Green's parents thought he was simply the funniest, cleverest, most adorable person they had ever seen"-until his parents bring home someone new. As "it" enters toddlerhood (Elmore can't bear to confer personhood on his brother), he wants to be everywhere Elmore is, and eventually moves right into Elmore's room. "Now Elmore couldn't get away from it. It was always there, looking at him." The Greens are a family of color, and Child draws Elmore's parents as slim, well-dressed torsos and legs, while Elmore has an impressive array of superhero, cowboy, and animal costumes; his sense of order and security is underscored by ivory-colored backdrops lined with his toys, stuffed animals, and beloved orange jelly beans. The selling point is the way Child frames Elmore's growing love for his brother as the active, incremental discovery of the joy of companionship ("It was nice to have someone there in the dark when the scaries were around"), rather than treacly submission to the inevitable. Ages 4-8. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Elmore Green's life as an only child is sheer bliss. He has his own room, and no one ever changes the channel or messes with his toys. Of course, "Elmore Green's parents thought he was simply/the funniest, cleverest, most adorable/person they/had ever seen." All of that changes when his baby brother is born. Elmore goes from feeling displaced to angry to just wanting to be alone, until one night, everything changes. The characters are people of color and have the same expressive eyes, and Child's mixed-media images are done in the same signature style as in the "Charlie and Lola" series. The large font flows in curves on some pages and is choppy on others, working well with the illustrations to convey the older boy's feelings. The childlike perspective and simple illustrations will make this story a favorite for any kid who has ever been faced with a new sibling or has ha d to learn to share. Preschoolers will enjoy hearing this story, while independent readers will love the big print and colorful, cartoon illustrations. A worthwhile addition to any collection.-Jennifer Simmons, Anderson County Library, SC (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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