The New Small Person by Lauren Child

The New Small Person book cover: Shows a the side of a staircase, a young boy of color wearing a green striped outfit sits at the second to the top stair while an older sibling wearing a pink striped outfit sits on the bottom of the stairs. There are various toys on each step."The small person followed Elmore Green everywhere.  It wanted to sit next to him; it wanted to copy everything that Elmore did. It wanted to be everywhere that Elmore was."

Elmore is an only child and things are just the way he likes them.  But then the new, small person arrives and interferes with Elmore’s routine.  This charming picture book portrays Elmore’s feelings toward the new baby and how they soften over time.

The lively drawings incorporate collage materials such as fabric and wood, which add energy and coziness to Elmore’s world.  The book’s layout adds more dimension to the story, with text sometimes tilted or otherwise stylized to emphasize words or Elmore’s feelings.  The fact that this picture book portrays non-Caucasian characters is a plus.

Elmore’s story might add a bit of levity at your house, especially if your “only” child has or is about to become your “oldest”.  This engaging picture book is recommended for ages 3 and up.

Look for The New Small Person in the Library

Mary Jo, Kids World