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The new small person

by Child, Lauren,

Format: Print Book 2015
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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.
Published Reviews
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"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
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."
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Additional Information
Subjects Brothers -- Juvenile fiction.
African American boys -- Juvenile fiction.
Only child -- Juvenile fiction.
Jealousy in children -- Juvenile fiction.
Brothers -- Fiction.
African American boys -- Fiction.
Only child -- Fiction.
Jealousy -- Fiction.
Publisher Somerville, Massachusetts :2015
Edition First U.S. edition.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9780763678104
0763678104
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