It's Just So...Little!

It's Just So...Little!

by Brenda Faatz, Peter Trimarco

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Overview

It’s Just So… adventurous for a little girl named Lizzy as she faces challenges of growth and change. She and her faithful puppy adopt a frail little sapling tree, taking on the job of protecting and nurturing their new, well-rooted ‘friend’ throughout the seasons. In the meantime, Lizzy is outgrowing all of her favorite clothes and watching as Mom seems to be outgrowing her clothes as well. Lizzy’s biggest change comes in welcoming the new baby as her family tree seems to be growing too.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997085129
Publisher: Notable Kids Publishing
Publication date: 05/23/2017
Pages: 45
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 2 Years

About the Author

Brenda Faatz has an undeniable connection with children. Some say it’s because they instinctively know “one of their own.” A graduate of The University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Musical Theatre, Brenda is a professional singer, dancer and actor. Along with her husband, Peter Trimarco, she wrote the music, lyrics and script for the original Wee Noteables musical theatre live performance series for children. Brenda also founded and currently directs and teaches at the Notable Kids Arts Center in Denver, Colorado where she has the honor of interacting with and learning from children and their families on a daily basis. This is her first children’s book because, as she likes to say... “no one ever told me I couldn’t.”

Peter Trimarco was a fine arts student who graduated from Lake Forest College with a degree in literature and went on to pursue a career as an editorial cartoonist…but drawing ‘grownups’ stopped being fun. Before being inspired by the opportunity to co-write and illustrate a children’s book with Brenda, he journeyed through life as an entertainment industry professional. From art director to executive producer to publisher of an international film magazine he found a good deal of success (awards and working with people who had entourages). But then came working with children and it became fun again. The words began to flow and with it, the paint, the ink and, most important, the orange hair on Lizzy’s head. 

…and three simple words from Brenda put it all in motion” “It’s Just So…”

Peter Trimarco was a fine arts student who graduated from Lake Forest College with a degree in literature and went on to pursue a career as an editorial cartoonist…but drawing ‘grownups’ stopped being fun. Before being inspired by the opportunity to co-write and illustrate a children’s book with Brenda, he journeyed through life as an entertainment industry professional. From art director to executive producer to publisher of an international film magazine he found a good deal of success (awards and working with people who had entourages). But then came working with children and it became fun again. The words began to flow and with it, the paint, the ink and, most important, the orange hair on Lizzy’s head. 

…and three simple words from Brenda put it all in motion” “It’s Just So…”

Interviews

The Children’s Book Review: It’s Just So … Little is the second book starring your effervescent Lizzy character. Can you tell us why you picked the theme of preparing to be a big sister for this new story?

Brenda Faatz: As you may remember the first book, “It’s Just So” was focused on Lizzy dealing with perspective, hence the use of the phrase ’it’s just sooooo…’ as things are not always what they seem. The overriding theme behind this second Lizzy book revolves around dealing with change and growing up. We started out using the seasons as a metaphor for change and Lizzy outgrowing all her clothes. Then the story organically evolved as we came upon the ultimate change for our little Lizzy…being a big sister.

The Children’s Book Review: It’s Just So … Little is the second book starring your effervescent Lizzy character. Can you tell us why you picked the theme of preparing to be a big sister for this new story?

Brenda Faatz: As you may remember the first book, “It’s Just So” was focused on Lizzy dealing with perspective, hence the use of the phrase ’it’s just sooooo…’ as things are not always what they seem. The overriding theme behind this second Lizzy book revolves around dealing with change and growing up. We started out using the seasons as a metaphor for change and Lizzy outgrowing all her clothes. Then the story organically evolved as we came upon the ultimate change for our little Lizzy…being a big sister.

The story is not only told through the words and illustrations, but through the typography, too. How do you decide on the right blend of words, pictures, and typography to punctuate Lizzy’s feelings and to carry forth the story?

P: Sometimes the illustrations take the lead and we create the story in lyrical rhyme to suit the page. At other times the words simply start flowing and the illustrations take hold and play a supporting role. We try to make it so the book can be read as a picture walk for younger children and this is where the typography, the made-up words and the illustrations become crucial. We also try to make sure the books work as lyrical read aloud without pictures; ideally being pleasant to the ear and flowing like music. I am guessing that this is the goal of every children’s book author in wanting to create a book that works as visual art in storytelling but also works on the strength of the written word. Picture books are a balancing act.

As in the first book, you use many wacky words, which add bonus entertainment. How do you come up with the words like gigantonormous, chocolicious, and treemondo-mongous?

B: This is serious business. It can take weeks to come up with just the right word. We often start with a root word that fits that moment in the story and then add on parts of other words, while sometimes subtracting parts of the original word, then dividing it by two… or three, if it’s Wednesday (during daylight savings time)! Then it goes through rigorous inspection and consternation. Does it say what it needs to say? Does it enhance and not detract from the flow? Is it fun to say aloud? Does it inspire wild imaginings? These are just some of the questions asked during the process for each word that we’re considering. Then, of course, it must be kid-tested, because we adults think waaaay tooo hard!

Have you come up with any words that you are dying to use but haven’t been able to fit into either of the first two books?

B: Absolutely! But we’re saving those words for the perfecto-mentous moment.

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