Are You Big?

Union Square Kids & Co. Feb. 2024. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781454948186.
K-Gr 2–Carrying size comparisons out to the far reaches of the universe, Willems follows up Opposites Attract with another concept book that is only ostensibly for the Oshkosh set. Putting stick limbs and noseless faces on a set of suggestive simple or geometric shapes opposite terse observations in poster-sized type, the author responds to the titular question with a series of successively bigger things—from a hot air balloon to a cloud, a tropical storm to Australia, and so outward in stages from the Moon to a full galactic cluster—and then turns all that perspective on its head by asking “So, are you big?” and having a tiny bug answer: “You are to ME!” That twist should prove a pleaser for younger readers and listeners who are feeling small; for those who might wonder just how much larger the Moon is than Australia, or for that matter, a galaxy cluster than an average kid (a lot of zeroes in that one). Willems closes with a list of numerical estimates.
VERDICT A big idea, explored inventively, to intrigue any young audience.

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