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Now I'm Big!

by Karen Katz
     
 

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Growing up—and helping out—is something to celebrate in this bright and bouncy big-kid book from Karen Katz.

Big kids can do all sorts of things babies cannot: zip their own zippers, drink from a cup, read their own books, and even sleep in a BIG bed!

And one big kid in this joyful book can do one more very special thing…help her

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Overview

Growing up—and helping out—is something to celebrate in this bright and bouncy big-kid book from Karen Katz.

Big kids can do all sorts of things babies cannot: zip their own zippers, drink from a cup, read their own books, and even sleep in a BIG bed!

And one big kid in this joyful book can do one more very special thing…help her new baby sister!

Karen Katz’s energetic text and illustrations highlight the awesome aspects of getting big, making this an ideal book for older toddlers who are proud of everything they can do.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Pamela Paul
…a triumphant paean to big-sister- and brotherhood…
Publishers Weekly
Babies are so déclassé—just ask a former one. “When I was a baby I drank from a bottle and ate with my fingers. What a mess!” writes Katz (The Babies on the Bus) in the guise of one of several supremely mature preschool-age narrators. The adorably embarrassing flashback (the baby carrier! the high chair! the horror!) is paired with a present-day scene of the girl, eating politely at the table. “Now I’m big! I can eat with a fork and a spoon, and drink from a cup!” In perhaps the biggest triumph of all, one of the children is now a mini-Mommy, helping care for her new baby sister. Although Katz underplays the physical difference of an older child—her preschoolers look like large babies, with the same ginormous round heads—the characters display so much happiness and pride in their developmental leaps that it seems downright nap- deprived cranky to complain. The confident sunniness of this book, with its bright, nursery palette and simple graphic shapes, might also serve as a gentle nudge for readers still clinging to their babyish ways. Ages 1–5. (Mar.)
Booklist
"Katz’s signature rosy-cheeked kids of different ethnicities—wearing patterned clothes on bright backgrounds—are full of joy and energy; their pride is all over these pages, and that’s something toddlers will understand."
BCCB
"The thoughtful construction of the text, the chipper illustrations, and the age-appropriate topic give this go-to utility for both parents and librarians."
The New York Times Book Review
"[A] triumphant paean to big-sister- and brotherhood."
From the Publisher
"Confident sunniness."
School Library Journal
PreS—A celebration of growing up, depicted via a series of before-and-after vignettes. Different preschool narrators take turns reminiscing about how life has improved now that they are "big." Youngsters will identify with the small triumphs of independence, such as working a zipper, feeding oneself, and playing with friends at the park. Throughout, each child is shown as an infant and, on the opposite page, as an independent preschooler. Katz's watercolor and gouache illustrations are consistent with what fans have come to expect. A pleasant choice that deserves a place in most collections.—Laura Hunter, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
There's a lot to like in this book about all things "big kid." The first-person voice seamlessly shifts from one spread to another, attributing itself to characters of different races and genders. A pattern emerges through page design that shows a baby on the verso with text starting "When I was a baby…" and an older child on the recto with text reading "NOW I'M BIG" and expounding on how he or she can now do things that were impossible during babyhood. Katz's signature, colorful, stylized characters rendered in watercolor and gouache romp through the pages, culminating with a little girl reveling in her new status as big sister to the new baby in her family. Earlier, one scene showing a baby in a playpen (who grows up to run around the park with friends) might seem a bit dated given rising concerns about the safety of such baby gear, but the real safety no-no comes at book's end when the aforementioned big sister jumps on her bed while holding the tiny new baby by the arms. It's a joyful scene, to be sure, but the sight of a teddy bear falling off the bed as the sisters spring up and down bespeaks a doubtlessly unintended sense of peril in this otherwise gentle book. Faux pas aside, it's a sweet celebration of leaving baby days behind. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416935476
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
03/19/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
935,489
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
1 - 4 Years

Meet the Author

Karen Katz has written and illustrated more than fifty picture books and novelty books including the bestselling Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? After graduating from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, she attended the Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture where she became interested in folk art, Indian miniatures, Shaker art, and Mexican art. Her book, Counting Kisses, was named one of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids by Scholastic Parent & Child and was a Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. Karen, her husband Gary Richards, and their daughter Lena divide their time between New York City and Saugerties, New York. Learn more about Karen Katz at KarenKatz.com.

Karen Katz has written and illustrated more than fifty picture books and novelty books including the bestselling Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? After graduating from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, she attended the Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture where she became interested in folk art, Indian miniatures, Shaker art, and Mexican art. Her book, Counting Kisses, was named one of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids by Scholastic Parent & Child and was a Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. Karen, her husband Gary Richards, and their daughter Lena divide their time between New York City and Saugerties, New York. Learn more about Karen Katz at KarenKatz.com.

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