FICTION

The Biggest Little Boy: A Christmas Story

Viking. Oct. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593204573.
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PreS—Luca, a little boy with brown skin, curly hair. and red glasses, lives in New York City and thinks bigger is always better. He likes everything big—trucks, toys, buildings, and trees. He loves to climb the tallest tree in the park. So when it’s Christmas time, Luca wants the largest tree to call his own, but none seem quite tall enough. When he stumbles over a tree just his size, Luca has a sudden change of heart and decides that special comes in every size. In this quick-paced picture book with sparse text, the resolution feels a bit forced. The illustrations provide a charming look at Christmas in New York City.
VERDICT Journalist Harlow’s debut picture book seeks to create a cheery story of self-acceptance, but it falls flat. Most libraries will find that this book does not enhance their collections.

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