Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Big and Little

Big and Little

John Stadler
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Random House, 2007   ISBN: 978-0375841750

Welcome to the big top everyone and prepare yourselves for a fabulous show. In fact prepare yourself for a "really BIG show!" for the star of the show is none other than Ellie the elephant. I hope you are ready to be amazed because Ellie is going to climb up the ladder to the top of the tent. Up she goes.

Of course you realize that this is no mean feat for Ellie who is not all that keen on heights. And do you know what she is going to do when she gets to the top of the ladder? She is going to dive into a little glass of water.

Ellie certainly feels nervous. Why you can see that she is trembling up there. Ooh even the little mouse ringmaster is covering his eyes. Even he cannot bear to watch Ellie take the jump. Dare we look? Will Ellie the elephant really be able to dive into a small glass of water?

In this unique fold out book what looks like a straightforward story ends up having quite an unexpected ending, an ending that will put a smile on reader's faces and that will show them that one should never assume that things are what they seem. Children will love the fold outs that can be found on every page, and the extremely simple text and engaging artwork make it ideal for the very young. Children will feel that the mouse ringmaster is addressing them and that they are a part of this delightfully curious story.