Just Big Enough (Little Critter Series)

Just Big Enough (Little Critter Series)

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by Mercer Mayer
     
 

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What's so great about being little when it means the big kids take your seat on the bus, eat all of the cupcakes, and won't let you play football? Little Critter wants to grow up -- and quickly. So he builds a growing machine and eats (almost) all of his vegetables, but doesn't grow an inch. What's a critter to do? Included is a full-color "Just Big Enough" chart to

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What's so great about being little when it means the big kids take your seat on the bus, eat all of the cupcakes, and won't let you play football? Little Critter wants to grow up -- and quickly. So he builds a growing machine and eats (almost) all of his vegetables, but doesn't grow an inch. What's a critter to do? Included is a full-color "Just Big Enough" chart to measure a child's growth.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Little Critter finds out he is Just Big Enough in Mercer Mayer's latest. When the big kids won't let him play football and they take all the cupcakes, Little Critter tries vegetables, exercise and even a growing machine to spur his growth-before he learns that bigger isn't always better. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The age-old dilemma of being the little kid on the block is tackled by Little Critter in this charming story on growing pains. The big kids at school are always picking on Little Critter because of his size. Little Critter seeks advice from the grownups in his life. His mother suggests eating more vegetables. Dad suggests more exercise. Little Critter even designs and builds a growing machine, but nothing sees to work. On a visit to Grandpa's farm, Little Critter discovers that being little has its advantages. On his return to school he challenges the big kids to a relay race with the little kids and learn that size is relative. The charming and humorous illustrations are a perfect accompaniment to a dilemma that kids will identify. A growth chart is included as an added attraction. 2004, HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 3 to 7.
—Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-When big kids start to bully Little Critter and make his life miserable, he decides that the only solution is to get taller. In an attempt to speed up the process, he crams down veggies, exercises to exhaustion, and finally builds himself a "growing machine" to sit in. When his height remains unchanged, he takes his troubles to his grandpa, who shows him that biggest isn't always best. In the disappointing ending, Little Critter challenges the big kids to a relay race that he and his smaller friends illogically win. Colorful cartoons depict the fuzzy brown protagonist along with all of the other animal characters. While fans of the series may not mind the pat ending, readers looking for tales with a little more panache should stick with Helen Lester's Hooway for Wodney Wat (Houghton, 1999), Alexis O'Neil's Recess Queen (Scholastic, 2002), or Pat Hutchins's classic, Titch (Turtleback, 1971).-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062200747
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/25/2012
Series:
Little Critter Series
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
166,590
File size:
13 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Mercer Mayer is the creator of the enduringly popular Little Critter books. Drawing from his own childhood adventures for inspiration, Mayer has created a beloved and classic character in Little Critter.

Mercer Mayer is the creator of the enduringly popular Little Critter books. Drawing from his own childhood adventures for inspiration, Mayer has created a beloved and classic character in Little Critter.

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Just Big Enough 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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Little critter is a good book for kids.
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Deanna DeBrunner More than 1 year ago
I love his books!!!!! My children love his books. He adds pictures that his children drew. He is amazing! I just wish there were more available on the nook
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Hannah Ziegler More than 1 year ago
I loved these books as a child! I cant wait to share these with my children
Ashes-fallen More than 1 year ago
I've always loved the little critter books, I'm excited to share them with my son.
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