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Growing up is a big deal, especially when you're still waiting to do the growing part! It's the elation of hitting a home run, the joy of ice-cream trucks, and the delight of revenge on lunch-money bullies. But it's also the disappointment of being too small to ride that ride and the frustration of being picked last. Complemented by Mike Reed's energetic artwork, award-winning author and poet Jaime Adoff effortlessly channels the hijinks, hardships, and high hopes of the little guy in this fresh, funny, and ...

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Growing up is a big deal, especially when you're still waiting to do the growing part! It's the elation of hitting a home run, the joy of ice-cream trucks, and the delight of revenge on lunch-money bullies. But it's also the disappointment of being too small to ride that ride and the frustration of being picked last. Complemented by Mike Reed's energetic artwork, award-winning author and poet Jaime Adoff effortlessly channels the hijinks, hardships, and high hopes of the little guy in this fresh, funny, and uplifting poetry collection that reminds us all what it's like to be small.

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K-Gr 3

These 19 poems use different first-person narrators to explore the stigmas (and the benefits) of being short. Optimism reverberates heavily throughout the rhymes. One not-so-tall boy describes his talent for hitting home runs, while another's father solves a movie-viewing crisis with a few volumes of the encyclopedia. Many of the resolutions are too unrealistic to offer much comfort, such as when the school bully demands a boy's lunch money and mistakes Monopoly cash for the real thing. Colorful and textured illustrations add to the peppy text by featuring a diverse cast of children thoroughly enjoying sports, family, friends, and food in spite of the desire to be taller. This book may struggle to find an audience as those who are frustrated by their diminutive stature will find its relentless cheeriness dismissive and difficult to relate to.-Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525469353
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/13/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jaime Adoff lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Mike Reed lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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