I Don’t Want to Be Big – written by Dev Petty and illustrated by Mike Boldt


51a-qx0pwel I Don’t Want to Be Big – written by Dev Petty and illustrated by Mike Boldt, Doubleday Books For Young Readers, 9781101939208, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5

Genre:  humorous picture book

What did you like about the book?  The little frog in this story doesn’t want to grow up and be big.  He likes being the way he is and thinks that if he’s big, he’ll be grown up.  After much convincing from his friends and family, he decides that he can grow bigger as long as he doesn’t grow up.  Except now he says he never wants to take a bath!

The pictures are so funny- the frogs are silly with their glasses and big mouths.  There is also a pig that lives in his slop and loves to be dirty.

Anything you didn’t like about it? nothing

To whom would you recommend this book?  I would recommend this book to kids who are having a hard time growing up, who want to stay little and young forever.  Some read-a-likes are Dev Petty’s other book “I Don’t Want to Be a Frog” and “We are Growing!” by Mo Willems.

Who should buy this book? elementary schools and public libraries

Where would you shelve it?  juvenile picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State:  Laureen Cutrona, Townsend Public Library, Townsend, MA

Date of review:  November 17, 2016

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