You Are (Not) Small
Two fuzzy creatures can't agree on who is small and who is big, until a couple of surprise guests show up, settling it once and for all!The simple text of Anna Kang and bold illustrations of New Yorker cartoonist Christopher Weyant tell an original and very funny story about size -- it all depends on who's standing next to you.

You Are (Not) Small Details

TitleYou Are (Not) Small
Author
ReleaseAug 5th, 2014
PublisherTwo Lions
ISBN-139781477847725
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Storytime, Animals

You Are (Not) Small Review

  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars for this simple little book about opposites and middle grounds. Nothing overly fancy here, but there was enough silliness to amuse me and my inner child.
  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    Not only is this a fun book about opposites, but the illustrations are adorable. When two fuzzy creatures get into an argument about size they drag their fellow fuzzy critters into it. It appears the argument will continue for some time until the arrival of some visitors. It always delights me when such seemingly simple books reveal themes and ideas that aren't so simple. Here the seemingly simple idea of big versus small translates into a variety of size comparisons. Not only is it a delightful Not only is this a fun book about opposites, but the illustrations are adorable. When two fuzzy creatures get into an argument about size they drag their fellow fuzzy critters into it. It appears the argument will continue for some time until the arrival of some visitors. It always delights me when such seemingly simple books reveal themes and ideas that aren't so simple. Here the seemingly simple idea of big versus small translates into a variety of size comparisons. Not only is it a delightfully funny book, but it's a great way to introduce young children to size comparisons. Highly recommended.
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  • Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    There are so many books on opposites, but very few of them focus on the gray area of multi-step comparisons! What if you are big compared to one person and small compared to another? What do you count as?I also really liked the diversity message in here: if you are part of a large group, does that mean you set the standard? Why does your group's idea of the standard need to trump another group's idea? It was a particularly compelling way to read the book for me, and I hope to find ways to have k There are so many books on opposites, but very few of them focus on the gray area of multi-step comparisons! What if you are big compared to one person and small compared to another? What do you count as?I also really liked the diversity message in here: if you are part of a large group, does that mean you set the standard? Why does your group's idea of the standard need to trump another group's idea? It was a particularly compelling way to read the book for me, and I hope to find ways to have kid-level discussions about it in the near future.
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  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    January 1, 1970
    Who is big and who is small exactly? Well that is what young readers will discover as they read this book. Written in a way that early readers can read this independently, two characters and their friends argue about size. Funny and well done.
  • Laura Harrison
    January 1, 1970
    Very cute, funny and likeable.
  • Mahesh
    January 1, 1970
    Great first readMy 5 year old just finished reading this cute little book. That was the first book he had ever read by himself! His eyes just lit up after he finished it ! Loved it!
  • Cathy Mealey
    January 1, 1970
    A plump, purplish bear-like creature is merrily blowing dandelion seeds across the opening page of this clever, humorous picture book. Enter one large, fuzzy orange-brown foot, stage right. “You are small,” says the new critter to the weed-clutching little one.This innocent observation kicks off a spirited dialogue between the two. “I am not small. You are big,” purple critter retorts. But the larger one gestures to his pals, noting that he is one of many, all alike. Then more purple ones appear A plump, purplish bear-like creature is merrily blowing dandelion seeds across the opening page of this clever, humorous picture book. Enter one large, fuzzy orange-brown foot, stage right. “You are small,” says the new critter to the weed-clutching little one.This innocent observation kicks off a spirited dialogue between the two. “I am not small. You are big,” purple critter retorts. But the larger one gestures to his pals, noting that he is one of many, all alike. Then more purple ones appear to back up their buddy as well.Tempers flare, and the dialogue becomes an argument. (Sound familiar, parents?) There are pointed fingers, angry frowns, even insistent shouting. The size debate escalates until BOOM! A huge hairy paw crashes down, followed by diminutive pink critters with yellow parachutes. Fear not, the last line will guarantee laughs from every reader.You Are (Not) Small is a short, simple book with text that could work as an easy reader, and illustrations that are engaging enough for the youngest picture book set. Readers of all ages will absorb the meta-message about keeping things in perspective and learning to appreciate differences without necessarily comparing them.This is a great picture book for those who feel small or tall due to their relative ages or statures. It will spark fun conversations about the way we see ourselves and one another. The thickly-outlined, expressive animals are appealing in a Muppet-like fashion. They all share tiny round ears and large oval noses that make them appear to be related despite their differences in size. At just 91 words, this is a short and funny bedtime book choice with (not) a little kid appeal!
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  • Tasha
    January 1, 1970
    An orange bear declares to a smaller blue bear that the shorter one is “small.” The little one says that that is not true, rather the orange bear is “big.” The orange bear shows that he has other big creatures just like him and just his size, but so does the blue bear. The two groups start to argue and fight about whether they are big or small. Then another creature arrives and another one yet that help put size into perspective for everyone. This very simple book has a great sense of humor thro An orange bear declares to a smaller blue bear that the shorter one is “small.” The little one says that that is not true, rather the orange bear is “big.” The orange bear shows that he has other big creatures just like him and just his size, but so does the blue bear. The two groups start to argue and fight about whether they are big or small. Then another creature arrives and another one yet that help put size into perspective for everyone. This very simple book has a great sense of humor throughout. The creatures that seem like bears to me are fuzzy and friendly. Against the white background, the bears pop on the page. With only a few lines per page, this book will be enjoyed by small children learning about concepts like big and small. The humor makes the entire lesson in size and relativity completely enjoyable and it will be a book that children will ask to be read again. There is even a great little (or big) twist at the end.Weyant’s illustrations are a large part of the appeal of the book. The New Yorker cartoonist has created fuzzy creatures that are loveable and cute as can be, no matter what size they are. Weyant has clearly loved playing with the differences in sizes, creating characters who live large on the page.Bold illustrations, charming characters and funny situations make this a winning picture book for the smallest (and largest) among us. Appropriate for ages 2-4.
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  • infoqueen
    January 1, 1970
    When two fluffy creatures start arguing over who is big and who is small, (recruiting their fluffy friends to bolster their arguments), things start to get loud, until some unexpected company arrives to put things in perspective.Anna Kang's text is easy enough for an early reader to read alone, and paired with Christopher Weyant's bold artwork as the visual punchline, this delightful picture book is sure to be a hit at storytime.
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  • Ruth
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so simple, but so deep. Need to explain in-group/out-group dynamics? Use this book. Need to explain partisan politics? Use this book. Need to explain why I can be mean to my brother, but I will punch the first person to say something rude about him? Use this book.It really is deserving of the Geisel award. A simple book, with simple words, and simple yet charming illustrations, teaches a lot.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book. Will probably be taking it with me to the read aloud sessions if I get to go to the first grade classroom.
  • Vicki
    January 1, 1970
    Ha, ha, ha, ha......Very cool illustrations.
  • Venus
    January 1, 1970
    Review originally posted on Children's AtheneumSome things are about perspective. One animal may seem small to someone big, while someone small may see them as tall. When a third set of animals show up though, perceptions shift.Reminiscent of How Joe the Bear and Sam the Mouse Got Together (I am aware that I may be the only person who is familiar with this book), this is your classic opposites book. The juxtaposition of the two sizes, the arguing, and adorable illustrations make this book very a Review originally posted on Children's AtheneumSome things are about perspective. One animal may seem small to someone big, while someone small may see them as tall. When a third set of animals show up though, perceptions shift.Reminiscent of How Joe the Bear and Sam the Mouse Got Together (I am aware that I may be the only person who is familiar with this book), this is your classic opposites book. The juxtaposition of the two sizes, the arguing, and adorable illustrations make this book very approachable with a sly message. Although this could simply be another opposites book, it also has an underlying psychological aspect of "other". We see ourselves as being the norm and quickly label those who are other as different. I think this book could really be a good jumping off point for bigger discussions, which also gives it a far wider age range than most concept books.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    You are (not) Small by Alex Kang, illustrated by Christopher Weyant.This book was about two furry creatures who look at one another ant can’t seem to agree on whether one of them is big and the other is small. But as the story goes on more characters show up in the story, that help the two creatures understand who is which. This story was a winner of the 2015 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award.I would recommend this book for either kindergarteners or first graders. This book would be great for teachers You are (not) Small by Alex Kang, illustrated by Christopher Weyant.This book was about two furry creatures who look at one another ant can’t seem to agree on whether one of them is big and the other is small. But as the story goes on more characters show up in the story, that help the two creatures understand who is which. This story was a winner of the 2015 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award.I would recommend this book for either kindergarteners or first graders. This book would be great for teachers to use when trying to teach students the differences between sizes. It has the potential to teach students about opposites as well. I believe this is a book early young readers can pick up easily when learning how to read.
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  • Pat Eells
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you for this book, You Are Not Small. I won it in a Goodreads Giveaway.My Granddaughter read it several times and thought it was really cute. She has plans to read it to the little neighborhood boys and, who knows, who else. This is a beautiful hard covered book (with dust jacket) and large colorful illustrations. The story presents a meaningful message, and the end is just great - funny. It is an enjoyable, short read. I congratulate the authors, husband and wife, on their first book and Thank you for this book, You Are Not Small. I won it in a Goodreads Giveaway.My Granddaughter read it several times and thought it was really cute. She has plans to read it to the little neighborhood boys and, who knows, who else. This is a beautiful hard covered book (with dust jacket) and large colorful illustrations. The story presents a meaningful message, and the end is just great - funny. It is an enjoyable, short read. I congratulate the authors, husband and wife, on their first book and hope to read more.
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, I want to use this when we're talking math concepts of bigger and smaller as well as when we do a language lesson on small/smaller/smallest, etc. And I want to read it just for fun, because the ending tickled me. And it would make great readers' theater. Or a puppet show! Yeah, this works.Pair this with "Duck! Rabbit!" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld to talk about perspectives.Use to introduce ideas of opinion and persuasion to youngers! Worked perfectly for first grade, who then Oh, I want to use this when we're talking math concepts of bigger and smaller as well as when we do a language lesson on small/smaller/smallest, etc. And I want to read it just for fun, because the ending tickled me. And it would make great readers' theater. Or a puppet show! Yeah, this works.Pair this with "Duck! Rabbit!" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld to talk about perspectives.Use to introduce ideas of opinion and persuasion to youngers! Worked perfectly for first grade, who then had to come up with three reasons to persuade me that they are not small.
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  • Shirley
    January 1, 1970
    What a great children's book! The story is "small" and sweet while the illustrations are "big" and magnificent. The book is perfect for bedtime reading and would also be great for first time readers. I bet non-readers could learn to "read" you this story. I predict that You Are (Not) Small will become a favorite with my two and three-year-old grandkids.Thank you Billiance Publishing for offering this book as a GoodReads giveaway.
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  • Bertha
    January 1, 1970
    Two creatures can't agree on which one is big and which is small. That is until another creature arrives to solve it once and for all.The story is told with simple text and bold illustrations which were done by Christopher Weyant.I read this book to a 2 year old she couldn't stop giggling.I would recommend this book for storytime classes. It was not only a funny story but it also promotes talks about what is big and what is small.
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  • Shirley Gillette
    January 1, 1970
    I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.So cute! I especially loved the ending!The illustrations are great!This is a great book for size comparison, and a little bit about arguments.I will be reading this book to my nephew, and I know he will love it!
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  • J
    January 1, 1970
    Fun book. All the groups I've read it to have paid attention to the end.
  • Tia
    January 1, 1970
    CuteI found the book funny with great pictures. Has a good message. I would recommend. Find the similarities not the differences.
  • Joelle
    January 1, 1970
    A lovely book that teaches children to consider various perspectives-- as well as the power of the word "and".
  • Sandy Brehl
    January 1, 1970
    With only 90+ words in total, and the full extent of vocabulary used at fewer than thirty words from the very earliest sight vocabulary lists, this recent release has managed to achieve the Seuss-like magic. It provides families and emerging readers with a "read-it-again" story that is jam-packed with humor, personality, and layers of bonus benefits. A story like this is an authentic way for kids to explore basic math concepts (big-small), language concepts (use of "not" to reverse statements, With only 90+ words in total, and the full extent of vocabulary used at fewer than thirty words from the very earliest sight vocabulary lists, this recent release has managed to achieve the Seuss-like magic. It provides families and emerging readers with a "read-it-again" story that is jam-packed with humor, personality, and layers of bonus benefits. A story like this is an authentic way for kids to explore basic math concepts (big-small), language concepts (use of "not" to reverse statements, opposites, compare and contrast, descriptive attributes/adjectives), and social dynamics (debate vs. physical confrontations, communities, similarities and differences, and tendencies to socialize with "likes").Even more impressive is this book's effective use of humor and image to provide a lovable example of text/image storytelling, circle stories, visual narratives, predictions/confirmations, and other essential book concepts.I rarely compare any picture book to Seuss because his body of work stands apart from any other in its timeless and universal appeal. I AM (NOT) SMALL is even more impressive in approaching similar status because its writer and illustrator are not the same. In that sense the degree to which the text and concepts and images are essential to the others amazes me. This is a book that should be shared with every nonreader or emerging reader, but it also has a place in classrooms and lives of much older kids. Its a keeper, and when kids wear it out, replace it!
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  • Monique
    January 1, 1970
    Aww so cute, just a little story about differences and two bears who learn about them together..So story starts with Bear One exclaiming that Bear Two is small..well Bear Two, offended states-uh, no Bear One you are big. Bear One returns with his family and says see they are just like me which means you are small. Enter Bear Two with his family who counters with well look they are the same size as me, which means you are big. With an argument in the works as both can’t see the other side’s point Aww so cute, just a little story about differences and two bears who learn about them together..So story starts with Bear One exclaiming that Bear Two is small..well Bear Two, offended states-uh, no Bear One you are big. Bear One returns with his family and says see they are just like me which means you are small. Enter Bear Two with his family who counters with well look they are the same size as me, which means you are big. With an argument in the works as both can’t see the other side’s point of view they are interrupted from further confusion by a bear even bigger and even smaller than both of them. Once able to see that there may be others bigger or smaller they agree to disagree and move on to more pressing matters—like food. The easy nature of this book helps highlight the essential question of why things are different no matter what and that while it can be acknowledged it can also be ignored as there is so many more important things to focus on…. This book won the 2015 Theodore Geisel Dr. Seuss Award winner for its ease in relaying theme, a lesson and overall enjoyment to children and I agree as this 15 page book is more complex than the simple text allows which is great to instill values in young readers…Cute!
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  • Leilah Skelton
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, what a delightful tale this is, simply told! A good picture book is able to convey a lot with a little. Brevity is key. Here is a fantastic example of how to convey a great message with a limited word count and uncomplicated but engaging imagery. I love it when an author and illustrator 'marriage' produces a great book, and I'm not at all surprised that this real-life husband/wife illustrator/author combo consider ‘You Are (Not) Small’ as their third child. It is definitely one to be proud o Oh, what a delightful tale this is, simply told! A good picture book is able to convey a lot with a little. Brevity is key. Here is a fantastic example of how to convey a great message with a limited word count and uncomplicated but engaging imagery. I love it when an author and illustrator 'marriage' produces a great book, and I'm not at all surprised that this real-life husband/wife illustrator/author combo consider ‘You Are (Not) Small’ as their third child. It is definitely one to be proud of.As messages go, this is a great one to share with small children – we often forget that their worlds are quite small, and grow with them. So here, as they laugh along with the comical argument between the two markedly different main characters, and read easily along with the cleverly emphasised repetition of “small” and “big”, they'll learn not to judge others in relation to only themselves, that difference and normality will vary with environment, and if an individual is small, or tall, well – that just depends on who they're standing next to...Joyful, funny, wise... perfect.
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  • Leah Allan
    January 1, 1970
    A book that encourages us to appreciate our differences - using only a few simple words! Two creatures, one smaller and one bigger, both believe that they are the normally sized creature and that the other one is either small or big. They bring in their friends to state their case of being normally sized and continue to argue until two new creatures arrive - one smaller and one bigger, at which point they agree that they are all small and big, in their own right; but, more importantly, they’re b A book that encourages us to appreciate our differences - using only a few simple words! Two creatures, one smaller and one bigger, both believe that they are the normally sized creature and that the other one is either small or big. They bring in their friends to state their case of being normally sized and continue to argue until two new creatures arrive - one smaller and one bigger, at which point they agree that they are all small and big, in their own right; but, more importantly, they’re both hungry.Being a fully grown five foot zero adult, I can appreciate this story. With simple vocabulary and universal characters, this is a story to celebrate those big, small, and those both big and small! Young learners will find the story and characters silly and relatable; teachers will find the perfect opportunity to celebrate our differences. A Theodore Seuss Geisel Award winner, this book will inspire readers to take a second look before making judgements about others.
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  • Dana Hawker
    January 1, 1970
    You Are (Not) Small is a simple children's book that follows the argument of two creatures, one larger than the other, over whether the larger one is "big" or the smaller one is "small." While the language is very simple and straightforward, this would be a great way to introduce the concept of subjectivity in the classroom. Subjectivity can be a challenging concept for students to understand, and by using a simple book to lay out the basics students can build a stronger foundation about the mea You Are (Not) Small is a simple children's book that follows the argument of two creatures, one larger than the other, over whether the larger one is "big" or the smaller one is "small." While the language is very simple and straightforward, this would be a great way to introduce the concept of subjectivity in the classroom. Subjectivity can be a challenging concept for students to understand, and by using a simple book to lay out the basics students can build a stronger foundation about the meaning of the concept.Students could use the book a a model text for a short story of their own that talks about the same object from two different perspectives. (ex: a story about a baseball from the perspective of an ant and the perspective of an elephant) Students can compare size like the book does or they can choose another trait to compare.
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  • Heather Smith
    January 1, 1970
    You Are Not Small is a Fantasy/Science Fiction book about two creatures that discuss who is big and who is small. This book is a great, easier read for children around Kindergarten but will be enjoyed by all who read it. You Are Not Small won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award in 2015. Christopher Weyant does a fantastic job with the illustrations and Anna Kang is a great children’s writer. Kang does an impeccable job at throwing a twist at the end of the book with one of the characters changing fro You Are Not Small is a Fantasy/Science Fiction book about two creatures that discuss who is big and who is small. This book is a great, easier read for children around Kindergarten but will be enjoyed by all who read it. You Are Not Small won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award in 2015. Christopher Weyant does a fantastic job with the illustrations and Anna Kang is a great children’s writer. Kang does an impeccable job at throwing a twist at the end of the book with one of the characters changing from the “You are Small, You are Big” argument by saying “You are hairy”, which had me laughing out loud in the middle of the library. This cute children’s book is one of the most original books that I have read in a long while.
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  • Erik This Kid Reviews Books
    January 1, 1970
    This book not only has a great lesson about perspective and debate, is also hilarious! The story shows the reader there are many ways of looking at something. Just because something is small to you doesn’t mean it is small. It isn’t preachy at – all just fun! The story is completely dialogue, but still gives a full feeling, even with only around 90 words in the whole book! The illustrations are simple, but are great to look at (and the fuzzy bear-like creatures are really cute!The story points o This book not only has a great lesson about perspective and debate, is also hilarious! The story shows the reader there are many ways of looking at something. Just because something is small to you doesn’t mean it is small. It isn’t preachy at – all just fun! The story is completely dialogue, but still gives a full feeling, even with only around 90 words in the whole book! The illustrations are simple, but are great to look at (and the fuzzy bear-like creatures are really cute!The story points out that we really have to think about how we see things (or people (or fuzzy bear things)). The ending is awesome because it involves getting a snack after settling an argument. :) This is a great book!*NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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  • Angela Ball
    January 1, 1970
    (KidLit Ed204 category: Geisel award winner)"You Are (Not) Small" by Anna Kang, is a book all about perspective. Everyone sees things from their point of view. But it's all in how you look at it. The illustrations by Christopher Weyant are simple but colorful and fun to look at. The facial expressions on the characters are fun to watch as the story goes along, too. Each page only has a couple words, which makes it a quick easy read. I can imagine a young reader being able to "read" this book bac (KidLit Ed204 category: Geisel award winner)"You Are (Not) Small" by Anna Kang, is a book all about perspective. Everyone sees things from their point of view. But it's all in how you look at it. The illustrations by Christopher Weyant are simple but colorful and fun to look at. The facial expressions on the characters are fun to watch as the story goes along, too. Each page only has a couple words, which makes it a quick easy read. I can imagine a young reader being able to "read" this book back to their parent after it's only been read to them a few times, because of the simple fun story line. I love the humor in this book.
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