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The New Small Person

The New Small Person Lauren Child tells the familiar tale of a less than welcome sibling with subtlety insight affection and humor El Green starts life as an only child as many children do He has a room to himself wh

  • Title: The New Small Person
  • Author: Lauren Child
  • ISBN: 9780763678104
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lauren Child tells the familiar tale of a less than welcome sibling with subtlety, insight, affection, and humor.El Green starts life as an only child, as many children do He has a room to himself, where he can line up his precious things and nobody will move them one inch But one day everything changes When the new small person comes along, it seems that everybodyLauren Child tells the familiar tale of a less than welcome sibling with subtlety, insight, affection, and humor.El Green starts life as an only child, as many children do He has a room to himself, where he can line up his precious things and nobody will move them one inch But one day everything changes When the new small person comes along, it seems that everybody might like it a bit than they like El Green And when the small person knocks over El s things and even licks his jelly bean collection, El s parents say that he can t be angry because the small person is only small El wants the small person to go back to wherever it came from Then, one night, everything changes In her signature visual style, Lauren Child gets to the heart of a child s evolving emotions about becoming a big brother or sister.

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    1. Carmen on said:

      Elmore Green loves being the only child.Elmore Green's parents thought he was simply the funniest cleverest, most ADORABLE person they had ever seen.And Elmore Green liked that because it is nice to be the funniest, cleverest most ADORABLE person someone has ever seen.Unfortunately, one day Elmore is no longer the only child. His world is turned upside down by a "new, small person."Elmore refers to this person as "it" and gives the new child neither name nor gender.The small person followed Elmo [...]

    2. Erica on said:

      Those small people, they're an upheaval, especially for those of us who were solitary and independent before the smalls came along.If you haven't experienced this, first hand, it's hard to understand how the inclusion of a younger sibling could be a problem. If you were an only child, this might seem downright crazy (most of my only-child friends always told me how lucky I was because I had a little brother and little sisters. They were so wrong)This story is near and dear to my heart. I underst [...]

    3. Beth on said:

      I always marvel at anyone who can create a three dimensional protagonist in a 32-page picture book. Bravo Lauren Child. Love this book!

    4. Shamekia on said:

      Adorable! I really liked this book, it was so funny and endearing. Not to mention that I love the fact that the children are brown, but the book is not preachy, historical, or about being brown. Those books are rare. I love how Elmore refers to his little brother as 'it' or 'the small person', until he finally learns to call him Albert.

    5. Julie on said:

      Funny and sweet; highly recommended for older siblings who are resistant to change when "the new small person"enters their lives. Loved the way Elmore gradually and somewhat begrudgingly adjusted to baby brother Albert, and loved how Albert looked up to and imitated big brother Elmore. Fans of Clarice Bean will appreciate Lauren Child's winning illustrations.

    6. Jason on said:

      I love that he considers his brother "it" at least until he looks to be at least five years old.

    7. Adrienne Furness on said:

      "One awful day, the small person moved its bed into Elmore Green's room. Now Elmore couldn't get away from it. It was always there, looking at him."This book made me laugh so hard.

    8. Richie Partington on said:

      Richie’s Picks: THE NEW SMALL PERSON by Lauren Child, Candlewick, February 2015, 32p ISBN: 978-0-7636-7810-4“Now I know that you’re just my little brotherAnd I don’t expect you to get everything just rightBut I think you ought to use a little more sense than what you’re usingAnd maybe then things would be all right”-- Suzanne Vega, “Brother Mine” (her first song, at age 14)“But he got better when he grew up. Right? Guess again. I just got off the phone with him fifteen minutes [...]

    9. Martha on said:

      Elmore Green is a well loved only child, satisfied with all the fun and colorful toys a little boy needs. That is until a baby brother comes along, another adorable tousled hair African American baby boy, who looks like a smaller version of him. The problem is, everyone is fussing over the baby who does nothing, instead of giving Elmore, the interesting one, the attention he requires. As time passes, the "small person" moves into his room, and even licks HIS jelly bean, an orange flavored one hi [...]

    10. Sandra on said:

      This is a lovely story of a boy who one day finds out a new small person has come to stay and be part of his life.Elmore Green has everything a kid could want: his own bedroom, toys, jelly beans, and the exclusivity of being the funniest, cleverest and most adorable person in the house. When the small new person appears all of this is put at risk. Everybody ask him to be patient because the small person is small, but the truth is that the situation only gets worse as time passes and he grows up. [...]

    11. Jillian on said:

      This book was darling. The tone is just so very *English* that it's hard for me not to find it endearing - and it would have been endearing anyway.From jellybeans to TV shows to long lines of things, Elmore discovers both the drawbacks (and maybe, possibly, the benefits) of having a Small Person around. But probably not.I loved the "distant" language. The Small Person is only referred to as such. Or as "it." It makes a nice window into the mind of someone who was perfectly happy as an only child [...]

    12. Amy on said:

      Popularity/appeal rating: 4Quality rating: 4In a one-sentence nutshell:"Elmore did NOT find shows for small people at all stimulating."Love how the "small person" is referred to as "it" until towards the end of the story. The small person comforts Elmore after a bad dream, and Elmore starts to realize that maybe there are advantages to having a little brother. It's a sweet new sibling story that earns points for featuring people of color without making it a "thing."

    13. Helen on said:

      The second of six books I have to read for Children's Book Day.The premise on the back cover was much more promising than the first.A lot of children will identify with the main character and it is a good resource for helping children to cope with feelings of jealousy at the birth of a sibling.My reservation is that it took a really long time for him to fully accept his little brother, in fact not until he stopped being quite so little.

    14. Kimberly on said:

      The writing is great and so true to life (especially the ending!). I loved how the words were just as much a part of the illustrations. Also, it was refreshing to see illustrations of black children as protagonists in a simple story about siblings.

    15. Libby on said:

      We like Lauren Child around here, and this one was great. A nice story about how a new sibling disrupts life but is ultimately not too bad to have around. I love the pictures.

    16. Selena on said:

      Flashback! Flashback to childhood! Great book to help a child see that things do get better with the crummy little sibling that is ruining your life.

    17. Venus on said:

      Review originally posted on Children's AtheneumThis is the story of one of my nephews in a nutshell. M was none too happy when O arrived, apparently threatening to kick her at one point. It took him a while to warm up to her, but they seem to be getting on now. A lot sooner than it takes Elmore to adapt to his sibling thank goodness. The subject matter of this book is nothing extraordinary. I am never particularly thrilled by new sibling books that make the new sibling seem like a bad thing eith [...]

    18. Tasha on said:

      The creator of Charlie and Lola returns with a new picture book sibling pair. Elmore Green has always been an only child. He has his own room, no one moves his toys around, and no one eats his jelly beans. But suddenly a new baby enters the picture and soon Elmore finds himself sharing a room, unable to leave any of his toys unattended, and no one pays him attention. Perhaps worst of all, his jelly bean collection is licked by his little brother! Just as all seems to be falling apart, Elmore dis [...]

    19. Taneka on said:

      I enjoy my job, especially when I get to choose great quality books for adults and kids to read. This book is quite funny. Elmore starts out as an only child, but one day things change. A new small person was brought into the family and Elmore didn't like "it" taking all of the attention. He didn't like "it" touching his things and he didn't like "it" moving into his room. He told his parents to "take it back where it came from", but to no avail. Soon "it" was following Elmore everywhere and Elm [...]

    20. Adrielle on said:

      Child's illustrations are as charming as ever, but I didn't find the story to be so.Elmer is an only child who resists his new brother's inclusion in the family. The younger sibling is referred to as "it" from Elmer's perspective for most of the story, which covers two or three years of life. Elmer spends the book refusing to include or engage with "someone small" and, indeed, he does not learn to appreciate the new small person until that small person is no longer so very small at all. It's not [...]

    21. Mississippi Library Commission on said:

      This picture book is just about perfect. Is it engaging and insightful about how kids deal with a new sibling? Yep, it certainly is. Is there a portrayal of a loving and normal African-American family? Definitely, and it's not overbearing or condescending in any way. Are there bright, cheerful illustrations that suck you right into the story? Undoubtedly, and now we want to line up our jelly beans! Seriously though, we're going to be recommending this one twenty years from now. Excellent stuff.

    22. The Book Maven on said:

      Okay, since I am the youngest of three, perhaps I never would have been the target audience for this book about what happens when a young boy is confronted with the reality of a new sibling. Nonetheless, I was charmed by the story about Elmore, who slowly learns to navigate the world of a younger sibling (cleverly referred to, throughout most of the book, as "It"). You get the sense that adults are present, but that it's up to Elmore to figure out how best to cope with--and ultimately benefit fr [...]

    23. Kelsey on said:

      Age: Preschool-KindergartenFamily: Older brother, younger brotherOne of the same but a relatable story for older siblings. Elmore Green enjoys the quiet and attention of being an only child. All of the things he treasures (or, at least, are mentioned by the author) are quickly stamped out as a baby is brought into the family. Although he is annoyed by his brother, he soon finds that having a companion is rather delightful. I like how Child refers to the little brother as "it" until the very end, [...]

    24. Christine on said:

      With loads of new babies in the neighborhood, I'll be recommending this book far and wide! Adorable pictures accompany story about having to share one's parents' attention at the arrival of a new sibling. I love the timeframe from toddler only child to toddler younger brother so Bigs can look forward to fun in the future. Also fun to see superhero outfits and TV character make several appearances!

    25. Juliana Lee on said:

      Elmore Green did not like having a small person living in his house. The small person made noise and moved his things around. It even licked his jelly beans. Elmore Green asked his parents if they could take the small thing back to wherever they had gotten him, but his parents said that was impossible. Find out how Elmore Green learns to accept his baby brother. julianaleewriter/books-ali

    26. Samantha on said:

      An only child struggles to except the new small person who has turned his world upside down. One night, though, changes their whole relationship when the new small person turns out to be an essential ally.Nice realistic coverage of kid emotions. I like the plot twists that bonded the brothers and the pacing that got them from mistrust to friendship.Highly recommended for new big siblings PreK-2.

    27. Julia Erlanger on said:

      THIS. IS EXACTLY HOW IT FELT TO BE AN OLDER SIBLING.The "new small person" comes into your perfect world and everyone likes them better and everyone says you can't be mad at them because "they are only small" and they TOUCH YOUR PRECIOUS THINGS.I love this book. The ending, where Elmore Green decides that his brother isn't a hellish troll-child, is cute and natural (for a picture book plot, anyway), and the illustrations are truly adorable. Highly recommend.

    28. Angela Scott on said:

      Typical new sibling book, where it takes Elmore time to adjust to have a younger brother around. He doesn't seem to start appreciating his little brother Albert until he is an older child. I'm not sure what to think of this book, it's cute, but as a younger sibling I am not comforted by the fact that in the end Elmore never fully comes around to his new brother.

    29. A Tisbear on said:

      Elmore Green likes things just so (including repeatedly lining up toys and jellybeans [Never addressed by name much like the brother*]) until a "small person" comes and ruins everything. *The "small person" only gets a name years after its birth on the 2nd from the last page. Definitely a unique New Sibling book.

    30. Kelly on said:

      I do love Lauren Child's stuff. I've watched a lot of Charlie and Lola. I own Ruby Redfort books. I've read Clarice Bean. She writes so innocently and straightforward and so for kids. The illustrations are great; I like the combination of cut papers and drawing. I think this story is probably right about how it feels to have a younger sibling. I vaguely remember some of that.

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