You're too big

Simon Puttock

Book - 2003

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Picture books
London : Doubleday 2003.
Main Author
Simon Puttock (-)
Other Authors
Emily Bolam (illustrator)
Physical Description
unpaged : ill. ; 27 cm
Contents unavailable.
Review by School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-This ink-and-watercolor picture book scores one for beleaguered big kids. Elephant, a newcomer to the animals' preschool, inadvertently crashes blocks, squashes books, and generally outmatches Mouse, Lion, and Hyena with his heft. Elephant's building frustration, exacerbated by Mouse's relentless commentary, is defused by a wise teacher who finds a suitable, less physically intimidating classroom activity. At the end of the day, parents greet their youngsters with appropriately sized cuddles. This is a simple story, illustrated in Bolam's charming, kid-friendly style, about diversity, although few large children will have Elephant's special skill in reserve to smooth the path to social acceptance. Still, this is a satisfying selection and a useful tool for class discussion.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

A proverbial bull in the china shop, Elephant charges enthusiastically into Playschool--only to create a series of mishaps, from knocking over Lion's carefully stacked blocks and squashing Hyena's book to breaking the swing. "You're too big!" his classmates repeatedly chorus, which makes him feel "very small inside and sad inside." In Bolam's simple pictures, light blue Elephant looms past the edges of the page, and though his multi-hued playmates sometimes giggle at his clumsiness, they never show anger or scorn. Nor is the day a total wash for Elephant: not only does he turn out to have a good (if very large) singing voice, but when his Mummy arrives to take him away, everyone agrees that, seeing her, Elephant is "just the right size after all." Baby Hueys everywhere will appreciate the comfort and recognition. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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