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The New Small Person

Rating 8.3

  • Quality 9.4
  • Popularity 3.8

Top 10 › 3-6 years

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A summary…

  • Jealousy and changes
  • Sibling relationships
  • An entertaining and realistic story

Review by Boolino

Elmore Green is a happy kid; he gets all his parents' affection, nobody bothers him when he's playing and he has a bedroom all to himself. But one day everything changes. Suddenly a smaller child appears and everyone seems to prefer him to Elmore. From then on everything starts falling apart. The child cries if Elmore doesn't do what he wants, he messes up the bedroom and he even eats his jellybeans! And things get even worse, because the new child is growing up and starts taking more of an interest in him. He wants to be like Elmore and follows him everywhere, so much so that he even moves into his bedroom to sleep. But one night Elmore wakes up crying after a terrible nightmare. The new child hugs and comforts him, and Elmore discovers that it's not so bad sharing his space and life with somebody else.

After several years without publishing any new children's books, Lauren Child is back with The New Small Person. After creating characters like Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola, she's returned with this fantastic illustrated book that reflects the complex relationships that are formed between little and big brothers. The author tells how the older brother perceives the sudden arrival of a little brother, an event that disrupts his world. And it follows the story of this character to show how, little by little, he discovers the good sides of having a brother. Lauren Child offers us an everyday and truly universal story with her highly original storytelling and characteristic illustration: recognizably bold and black strokes, which define the figures, and the bright and striking colors that she combines using collage. The New Small Person is a fantastic illustrated book that makes you reflect on sibling relationships in a relaxed, fun and stimulating way.

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Synopsis by publisher

Elmore Green started life as an only child, as many children do. He had a room all to himself, and everything in it was his. But one day, everything changed. This brand new picture book from the hugely talented Lauren Child about the arrival of a new sibling is bound to be a hit with parents and children. Told with humour and with wonderfully stylish artwork, this is Lauren Child at her absolute best.

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Book details

Author
Lauren Child (65)
Illustrator
Lauren Child (65)
Publisher
Puffin (+1000)
Language
English
Age
3-6 years
First edition
2014
Categories
picture books, illustrated books, stories
Tags
family, brother, jealousy, learning, books about family, siblings, stories with values

Editions

Main edition

Paperback / softback

The New Small Person
Year
2014
Format
Paperback / softback
Pages
32
Size
250 x 275 mm. 216 g.
ISBN
9780723293613

£6.99

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Hardback

2014  |  £10.99

Hardback

The New Small Person
Year
2014
Format
Hardback
Pages
32
Size
259 x 280 mm. 494 g.
ISBN
9780141384917
Status
Discontinued

£10.99

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