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Saturday, 12 September 2015

Review: As Big As You

Claude is a big elephant. A very big one. When he trumpets, the earth shakes. His trunk can hold enough water to shower a herd of elephants. He can charge far and fast.

Finlay is a small elephant. A very small one. He doesn't trumpet, he squeaks. His trunk can only hold enough water for a few drips. And he quickly gets left behind when Claude charges, until he finds himself all …

… alone. Oops.

This little elephant is going to have quite a big adventure before he finds Claude again!

As Big As You is another lovely book from the talented Sara Acton. Her watercolour illustrations bring Finlay and Claude to charming, characterful life, while the text deftly explores themes of friendship, confidence, and the relationship between big and small. I particularly liked the fun format, where readers lift the pages rather than turn them. It's a nice touch that allows for Claude's 'largeness' to be shown to the full, emphasising the contrast with Finlay's 'smallness'.

A sweet story that the little ones will love.

Title: As Big As You
Author/Illustrator: Sara Acton
Publisher: Scholastic, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: September 2015
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781743629697
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book

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