Monday, 8 September 2014

Review: The New Small Person by Lauren Child

Publisher: Puffin
Format: Large hardcover
Released: September 4th, 2014
Rating: 7/10

Amazon summary:

This brand new picture book from the hugely talented Lauren Child, about the arrival of a new sibling will undoubtedly strike a chord with children and parents alike. Told with Lauren Child's trademark wit, humour and style, this much-anticipated new picture book won't disappoint. 


We all know what it's like when a new sibling comes along and encroaches on our space, don't we? Apparently when I was little I used to bite my sister and push her over in a fit of jealousy (obviously I don't remember this AT ALL), so I know exactly where young Elmore Green is coming from in The New Small Person.

Elmore is so used to having his parents to himself, as well as his space and belongings, that he just doesn't know how to deal with a new small person now living with him. He shuts his brother out, not understanding why suddenly he isn't the centre of attention anymore. Things change and their relationship evolves into one of friendship, and Elmore eventually realises that having a younger sibling is actually a lot of fun!

Lauren Child has written an accessible, diverse children's book that will resonate with kids as well as their parents. It's an invaluable way of teaching children about new additions to the household and it's also a great learning tool when it comes to tackling vocabulary. It's fully illustrated in Lauren Child's signature style too, and I really enjoyed all the pictures that accompanied the text (especially Elmore and his orange jelly beans!).

The New Small Person is a great addition to picture book libraries and is highly recommended for any parents about to embark on the arduous task of bringing a new baby home. Hopefully it will help older siblings adjust to life as a bigger family, as well as learn to love their new friend and playmate. I think I would have benefitted from reading it when I was little - maybe then I wouldn't have pushed my sister off a table!

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