Expected publication: October 11th 2016 by Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
This hilarious story—which uses humor to teach that it’s great being exactly who you are—is sure to bring a smile to every kid who just wants to stay a kid, in addition to those who are the smallest in their class. It’s a sly and smartly funny tale that will have children and parents laughing together.
Because I Don't Want to Be Big is in a word, fun. Petty predicates the book on the delightful premise of a young frog who doesn't want to grow up - something I'm sure we've all considered, at one point or another - and the frog explains just why being big would be such an awful thing.
Along the way, there's humorous scenarios involving his growth, and also lots of sage, humorous wisdom from those who encourage young frog to give growing up a chance. Petty is careful to emphasize that growing up may mean different things for different people, and our young frog hero seems to realize that, especially as he notes some smart differences between himself and those around him.
While our young frog still seems unsure at the end of the book, many of his imagined scenarios have undoubtedly put plenty of food for thought into the minds of younger readers. Between the short but perfectly structured sentences, and Mike Boldt's bold, structured art, this is a surefire hit.
Perfect for young readers, and especially perfect as a gift.
About the author & illustrator:
DEV PETTY is the author of I Don’t Want to Be a Frog. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Dev previously worked as a visual-effects artist in film, contributing to such movies as the Matrix Trilogy. Dev was born and raised in Berkeley, California, and now lives right next door in Albany with her husband, two daughters, some dogs, and other critters.
MIKE BOLDT is an author and illustrator living in the countryside of Alberta, Canada. He has been illustrating for children for the past fifteen years, including the picture book I Don’t Want to Be a Frog. When he’s not drawing, he’s building snow forts and Lego spaceships with his three kids, or sharing laughs and his ice cream with his wife. He is very glad he’s not a frog.