The Little Little Girl with the Big Big Voice

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There once was a little, little girl... with a BIG, BIG voice.
One day she went to find someone to play with.

In this vibrantly illustrated picture book, one loud little girl looks for a friend to play with. She searches the jungle high and low for a pal but her BIG voice scares all the animals away! One by one, an elephant, a snake and a croc quickly retreat away from her booming vocals, until at last she ...

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Overview

There once was a little, little girl... with a BIG, BIG voice.
One day she went to find someone to play with.

In this vibrantly illustrated picture book, one loud little girl looks for a friend to play with. She searches the jungle high and low for a pal but her BIG voice scares all the animals away! One by one, an elephant, a snake and a croc quickly retreat away from her booming vocals, until at last she finds the perfect playmate-whose "roar" is even louder than hers!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Candy-colored spreads, whimsically abstracted characters, and big, bold curves make this book as loud a spectacle as its hero. The protagonist's outsize head dwarfs her tiny body; fat braids stick out on either side of her head like Pippi Longstocking. "She came upon an elephant blowing bubbles in the water," Balouch (Baby Polar) writes, "but something scared the elephant away." It's easy to see what the "something" is: the girl, twirling a lariat around her head, has opened her pink mouth wide, and great rings of sound fill the spread in bands of pink, orange, and green. She scares a series of intimidating creatures—a snake, a crocodile—but when she meets a lion, "the lion looked at the little girl... and ROARED." The setback is momentary. "And the little girl looked at the lion... and laughed." Together the two roll on the ground giggling, broad circles of sound radiating from them both. Limited, spare, yet full of energy, it's a vision of a child who, far from being shamed for her booming voice, enjoys it in perfect freedom and happiness. Ages 2–5. (June)
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
A little girl in a striped dress and two sprouting pigtails has a voice so loud (signaled by her wide-open pink mouth with tiny pointed teeth) she scares away all potential playmates. Balouch's popping colors and sinuous shapes take the acrobatic little girl through encounters with scary creatures like a huge elephant, an enormous coiling snake, a marvelous giggling crocodile with a curled tail, and a tawny lion rolling in bright olive grass. She is just too loud for all of them—except the lion, who holds his ground and roars right back. Is the little girl scared? No, she loves the roar; they laugh and romp till nighttime when the lion curls up to sleep against a smooth black background, but . . . is the little girl asleep? Balouch's saturated palette of hot pinks, bright gold, burnt orange, and acid greens intensify the noise, especially in the wide concentric rings of sound that appear every time the little girl opens her mouth. Shapes curl and stretch to fit the narrow horizontal spreads, looking like paper cutouts for a folktale. Especially striking are the burnt sienna snake and the green and orange crocodile with curving claws. For young viewers who love the color and the folk art style, check out other books by Balouch (graduate of Pratt Institute and winner of the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award); for example, Listen to the Storyteller (Viking, 1999) and The King and the Three Thieves: A Persian Tale (Viking, 2000). Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—A small, dark-skinned girl sets off one day to look for a friend, but when she opens her oversize mouth, she scares off an elephant, a snake, and a crocodile. Only a lion, whose voice presumably is as loud as hers, answers her call with a roar. Each short sentence is set on a brightly colored stylized spread. The large concentric circles in the drawings echo the girl's round, open mouth. The pictures are pleasant enough, but there is not enough plot or character development to engage readers. Skip this one.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Anyone who's spent time around young children will immediately recognize this little girl, an irrepressible kid who wants only to find a playmate who can keep up with her.

Exuberant, stylized illustrations in bright pink, peach, coral, lime, orange and lemon effectively portray this girl and her energy. Bands of color radiate outward from her relatively small image, visually expressing her spirit (and "big, big voice"). The brief, simple text begins as if it were a folktale—"There was a little, little girl"—and proceeds deliberately, almost at a stately pace: She visits animal after animal, scaring off each one in turn. It isn't until a lion roars back at her that she realizes she has met her match. Other kids might cry or be afraid, but she just laughs, overjoyed. Folkloric elements in the art complement the text; patterns repeat in the girl's hair, on the animals' hides and in the backgrounds. However, the overall look is modern, with bold use of color and shape making the images pop. While ethnicity isn't directly addressed here, this little girl's brown face and glossy black hair make her an accessible everygirl for a contemporary, diverse population.

Young readers can practically hear this little, little girl's big, big voice from where they're sitting, and most preschoolers will know exactly how she feels. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442408081
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 6/14/2011
  • Edition description: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristen Balouch lives in a quiet little house on a quiet little street in not-so-quiet Brooklyn, New York. She lives there with her quiet little son and little, little daughter who has a big, big voice. They are mostly happy.

You might see Kristen at a cafe or on the subway or riding her bike around New York. She might be sketching or daydreaming or writing something down. If you happen to see her...be very quiet ot you might frighten her away...shhh...

Kristen Balouch lives in a quiet little house on a quiet little street in not-so-quiet Brooklyn, New York. She lives there with her quiet little son and little, little daughter who has a big, big voice. They are mostly happy.

You might see Kristen at a cafe or on the subway or riding her bike around New York. She might be sketching or daydreaming or writing something down. If you happen to see her...be very quiet ot you might frighten her away...shhh...

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