Never Too Little to Love

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Overview

Whimsical watercolors illustrate a comical, cumulative tale of an amorous mouse who aims impossibly high — and learns that you're never too little (or too big) to love.

Tiny Too-Little loves someone who's very, very tall, and Tiny wants a kiss. What if he stands on his tiptoes on top of a thimble? What if he stands on his tiptoes on top of a matchbox on top of a thimble? Clever cut-away pages show Tiny's precarious pile growing higher and higher, while the object of his ...

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Overview

Whimsical watercolors illustrate a comical, cumulative tale of an amorous mouse who aims impossibly high — and learns that you're never too little (or too big) to love.

Tiny Too-Little loves someone who's very, very tall, and Tiny wants a kiss. What if he stands on his tiptoes on top of a thimble? What if he stands on his tiptoes on top of a matchbox on top of a thimble? Clever cut-away pages show Tiny's precarious pile growing higher and higher, while the object of his affection stays just out of reach. When the teetering stack finally falls with a crash, will his hopes be dashed? How can a tiny mouse get the kiss he needs?

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Just the right size for little hands, this new small-format edition of a classic from the UK's prolific duo of Willis and Fearnley offers the story of a tiny mouse who longs for a kiss. But where's the "somebody" he loves? She must be very far away, too high to reach. The vertical design allows the mouse to build a tower of objects, with each sturdy page getting shorter as the tower grows higher. Flip the pages and each turn adds a name on the left to make a cumulative tale. Beginning with a thimble, the mouse piles on unlikely layers like a matchbox, a watermelon, a teacup, a cabbage, and a cupcake, till the wobbly tower collapses with a CRASH! His love is revealed to be a very tall giraffe (wearing lovely eyelashes and a crown of flowers) who, with help from a bit of paper engineering, delivers the kiss as a surprise. Parents and young readers will have fun watching the unstable tower grow, repeating the names as each new object is added, and cheering when the tiny creature gets his kiss. Fearnley's delightfully diligent mouse works hard at pushing and pulling—especially with the huge watermelon slice and the unruly cabbage—but his effort is rewarded. Willis provides a satisfying ending, concluding that "even if you are tiny...you are never too little to love." Captivated listeners and animal-lovers might also like Willis and Fearnley's Mummy, Do You Love Me? (Walker, 2009) and Fearnley's Milo Armadillo (Walker, 2010). Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763666569
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 12/24/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 638,825
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeanne Willis left a career in advertising to become a full-time writer. She has published more than sixty books for children, including the Dr. Xargle series of picture books and SLEEPOVER! THE BEST EVER PARTY KIT. When she's not writing, Jeanne Willis likes to spend time gardening, reading nonfiction, and collecting caterpillars. She lives in North London with her husband and two children.

Jan Fearnley was born and raised in the northeast of England, the youngest of six children. Before becoming a full-time writer and illustrator, she worked as a teacher and literacy advocate. Jan Fearnley is the author-illustrator of many books for children, including JUST LIKE YOU and WATCH OUT! She lives in England with her husband and two Cornish Rex cats.

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  • Posted January 30, 2009

    Fun read

    I bought this book for my 3 year old daughter. She has memorized the book. It is truly one of her favorites. It is a fun and cute book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    Great for younger ages too!

    My toddler absolutley loves this book! This is the one he always brings to me first to read. He especially loves the 'wobble, wobble, wobble...crash' part as I wobble him on my lap and pretend to crash. I'm surprised it isn't marketed to a broader age range.

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