I Don't Want To Be Big

illus. by Mike Boldt. 32p. Doubleday. Oct. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781101939208.
PreS-Gr 1—A little frog has a spirited discussion about why he doesn't want to be big in this amusing picture book. Two bright green frogs, one little and one big, talk about why eating dinner is so important. The little frog goes on to explain that he does not need to eat dinner, since he has no interest in being big. After some hilarious questioning from the older frog, the little frog finally decides that getting big might not be so bad, as long as he does not ever have to take a bath. The lively illustrations, with few background details, are a great match for the use of speech bubbles in each spread and are reminiscent of Mo Willems's "Elephant and Piggie" series. Children should be able to easily identify which character is talking throughout.
VERDICT An amusing book about why getting big doesn't necessarily mean you have to grow up. A general purchase for most libraries.

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