Itty Bitty – written and illustrated by Cece Bell


   Itty Bitty – written and illustrated by Cece Bell, Candlewick Press, (9780763693138), 2017.

Format: Board Book

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? When an “itty bitty” dog that is so tiny that daisies tower over him finds a dog treat, he chomps out the inside to create a house. Next, he gets in his tiny cart and heads to the great big department store to find the perfect cozy furnishings. Where? In the Teeny-Weeny Department, of course! After adding his purchases (sofa, lamp, rug, and book) to the house, he looks around the inviting space and pronounces it to be “wonderful!” The underlying message is a reassuring one – with a bit of effort, it is possible to carve out your own place in the world and make it to be just the way you wish. This charming picture book originally published in 2009 translates well into board book format.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommended for young children ages 1 to 5.

Who should buy this book? Day care centers, preschools, and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with other board books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes, top quarter of the pile if you haven’t already read it.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  7/26/17

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