Big Little Mother

Big Little Mother

by Kevin Kling, Chris Monroe
     
 

 A younger brother has little choice but to look up to his older sister. She’s taller than he is, for one thing. She has many developing talents, ranging from karate to violin. And she knows so many things: How to make the living room into an adventure land. How to dance. How to grow gumdrops. Well, maybe her understanding of the world isn’t

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 A younger brother has little choice but to look up to his older sister. She’s taller than he is, for one thing. She has many developing talents, ranging from karate to violin. And she knows so many things: How to make the living room into an adventure land. How to dance. How to grow gumdrops. Well, maybe her understanding of the world isn’t perfect, but she’s pretty impressive, leading Little Brother to call her “Me one” and himself “Me, too.”

Big Sister also loves to share her knowledge, particularly with her best friend, Kittywumpus, the family cat. However, after a possibly too vigorous “makeover,” Kittywumpus runs away for a much-needed break, leaving Little Brother as the new target for Big Sister’s ministrations. And while it’s fun at first, the dressing up and the tea parties and the cream cheese on the piano start to make Little Brother think that the cat might have had the right idea.

But then, an impromptu performance in his sister’s tap dancing class earns kudos for both siblings, giving them each a new respect for each other that continues even after Kittywumpus returns.

Praise for Big Little Brother
Big Little Brother is an exceptionally funny and bittersweet book that any reader, young or old, who has been an older sibling will warm to.”
New York Times

Storyteller, essayist, and playwright Kevin Kling is the author of Big Little Brother and The Dog Says How. Artist and cartoonist Chris Monroe, illustrator of Big Little Brother, draws the comic strip Violet Days and is the author and illustrator of the Monkey with a Tool Belt series.

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Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-09-25
Kling continues his exploration of sibling relationships (Big Little Brother, 2011) and achieves a level of understanding that is at once personal and universal. This little boy's big sister is motherly, inventive, bossy and loves to impart knowledge. Her cat, Kittywumpus, has been her main companion (and victim), but one of her crazy schemes sends her pet running away. Now her little brother is her prime focus, and she makes the most of it. She introduces him to wildly imaginative games, teaches him to dance and views stars with him. He calls her "me one" and refers to himself as "me too," since she makes him feel smart and talented and he is dazzled by her. The little boy narrates fun-filled vignettes of lighthearted escapades in breezy, conversational syntax. In an epilogue, he pays homage to the woman she became, a mother and teacher to be admired. The text appears in a variety of typefaces, with speech bubbles that enhance the narration. Monroe's cartoonlike illustrations suggest the 1960s and are rendered in shades of pink and green, yellow and blue. They sweetly match the action, with each depiction of the characters filled with expression and individuality. Brother and sister are companions and partners, and Kling endows them with a depth of feeling that will resonate with young readers and their siblings. (And Kittywumpus eventually comes home.) Funny, warm and altogether delightful. (Picture book. 3-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873519113
Publisher:
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date:
11/01/2013
Edition description:
1
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,242,621
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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