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Big Little (Leslie Patricelli board books) Board book – September 15, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 3 years
  • Series: Leslie Patricelli board books
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Brdbk edition (September 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763619515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763619510
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Leslie Patricelli lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, their two children, and two kitties. She sketched out her first children’s book, YUMMY YUCKY, when her then one-year-old son was putting everything in his mouth. "After hearing myself say ‘yucky!’ or ‘yummy!’ for months on end, this book seemed to write itself," she says. "Talking to and watching my young children all day gave me a voice and inspiration for these books. I write down what I say to them and what they say to me."

About the Author

Leslie Patricelli lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, their two children, and two kitties. She sketched out her first children’s book, YUMMY YUCKY, when her then one-year-old son was putting everything in his mouth. "After hearing myself say ‘yucky!’ or ‘yummy!’ for months on end, this book seemed to write itself," she says. "Talking to and watching my young children all day gave me a voice and inspiration for these books. I write down what I say to them and what they say to me."

More About the Author

"My Grandma was a pastel artist and, for as long as I can remember, an artist is what I wanted to be too," says children's author and illustrator Leslie Patricelli. "My hobby as a kid was drawing cartoons and writing stories, and I started to consider a career in art in seventh grade. When the multiple choice career test I took resulted in a recommendation that I pursue a career in forestry, I went back and changed all my answers, so that it recommended instead that I pursue graphic design, which was the closest thing to children's book writer or cartoonist on the list."

Today, Leslie Patricelli's legions of fans are evidence that career tests are not always reliable. Her colorful trio of board books about opposites -- YUMMY YUCKY, BIG LITTLE, and QUIET LOUD -- follows a diapered protagonist as he discovers some curious contradictions, such as "ladies are big" while "ladybugs are little." Her inspiration for the series came from her son Beck who, at one year old, "was constantly putting everything into his mouth." Says the author, "I found myself saying 'Yummy!' and 'Yucky!' all the time. I began to draw a baby dramatically expressing his taste or distaste for the things he was eating. The idea of YUMMY YUCKY was born!"

Her other toddler books in the series, BINKY, BLANKIE, NO NO YES YES, BABY HAPPY BABY SAD, and her latest books -- TUBBY AND POTTY, were also based on her parenting experiences. "I am inspired by how passionate toddlers are," she says. "I love the way they are so extremely focused on things, and display such intense emotions. It is easy to see what they care about the most."

Leslie Patricelli's beloved baby character graduated to star in his first full-length picture book, THE BIRTHDAY BOX. She notes "I've watched my kids transform boxes into cars, boats, spaceships, hospital beds, dog carriers, snake houses, bass drums, forts, airplanes, sleds, and of course, robots. It's very exciting when a new box comes into our home."

Her book HIGHER! HIGHER! was selected as a Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Honor Book. "I credit my daughter, Tia, for writing this book for me," says Leslie. "I was pushing her on the swing at the park when she was two, she started shouting, 'Higher! Higher!' I noticed how the other kids were saying the same thing. We started pretending that with every push I was sending her higher into the sky until she was in space. I went home with the book almost fully formed in my head."

About her latest series, which includes, THE PATTERSON PUPPIES AND THE RAINY DAY. and THE PATTERSON PUPPIES AND THE MIDNIGHT MONSTER PARTY, Patricelli says, "Although the puppies' individual personalities are based on the personalities of my own kids, the stories for these books were inspired by incidences from my own childhood. When I was four, my friend and I decided to create an ocean in her bedroom by dumping buckets of water on the floor, just like the puppies do in THE PATTERSON PUPPIES AND THE RAINY DAY. I will never forget the feeling of being caught by our parents and torn from our imaginary world to realize that we had done something very wrong! Their was no doubt in my mind that we would succeed at making an ocean. I love how a child's imagination can carry them right out of their present situation into an imaginary world that is so real to them. This is the feeling I tried to capture in the Patterson Puppies books.

"My favorite part of writing books is the moment when a new idea comes into my head," says Leslie. "If I give it my attention, a book will start forming in my mind. At this moment, I most certainly have a smile on my face."

Leslie Patricelli lives in the mountain town of Ketchum Idaho with her husband, Jason, her son, Beck, her daughters, Tia and Tatum, two cats, Oreo and Elvin, two rabbits, Olivia and Chewy and a fluctuating population of guppies. Her husband is a drummer, music engineer, ski instructor, and her on-request editor. Her kids have become her editors, whether she requests it or not!

Customer Reviews

My son loves this book.
Yoliette Goodman
I am buying another copy for a friend and hope she gets the same joy from the book as our family does.
shogun named natalie
As an early childhood teacher and mother I think they are great and highly recommend them!
Maddy & Emmy's mom

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By shogun named natalie on October 15, 2005
Format: Board book
I also found this book at TJ Maxx for $3. Before my son was born I went on a hormone induced shopping spree for all the books I had as a kid and anything that looked fun. I really loved the simple but bright artwork, little did I know what a big hit this would be. starting at 6 mos my son was able to recognize this book progressing now at 11 mos to grab the book climb in my lap and have me read the book over and over again. sometimes he will just sit on the floor and flip the book and kiss the baby on the heads are big page. I am buying another copy for a friend and hope she gets the same joy from the book as our family does.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 2003
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This is a very clever book, with comparisons such as "Ladies are big, lady bugs are little". The illustrations are beautifully hand-painted, and kids like that they are simple, colorful and cute. This makes a great set with the author's other books (Yummy Yucky, Quite Loud), and I hope that they're offered together in a boxed set soon.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RikaRae on November 17, 2004
Format: Board book
I found this book at TJ Maxx for $3, and what a bargain! The pictures attract you, since they are simple graphics, not all busy on the page like some other books we've looked at. Also, the words are so simple and fun, ie "Trees are big. Dandelions are little." It's perfect for my little baby girl. I recommend it to all looking for young children's books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By teachermom on July 30, 2012
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The pictures in Leslie Patricelli's books are great. That is probably my favorite part about them. All of her board books, including this one, have very few words on each page. My son especially enjoyed them around the time her was 12-15 months and wanted to help turn pages often. I could still get through the text before he was ready to move on. He still likes them at 2.5, but he now has more patience for more words (most of the time).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L on September 5, 2013
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We love all Patricelli books! They are cute and funny- ladybugs are little- ladies a BIG!! I just had to laugh:)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolil on April 29, 2013
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My 2 year old loves this and all the other books from Leslie Patricelli! Big picture, durable material, easy to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sally Pencap on March 8, 2013
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I love Leslie Patricelli books!
They show opposites in a way that young children understand,
without the grown-up lecture.
Because she uses only 1 or 2 words per page, it makes the adult reader elaborate,
which is really interesting.
The illustrations are cute, and she keeps it real but funny.
Very appreciated & a must-have on baby's shelf, preschool, and a hit with new parents.
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I love Patricelli's books. They are simple, adorable, and easy for little ones to grasp. As usual, here she breaks down the concept of opposites so easily, and does so with a sweet, simple humor that both kids and adults will enjoy. While my 13 month old sometimes grows a bit restless by the end of Patricelli's books, and this is no exception, I think that with time, she will come to love them more and sit through the entire book. A couple of quibbles with this book: I agree that "ladies are big" is kind of a weird page-- especially when there is a "grown ups are big" page already in the book. I also wish that Patricelli had used "flowers are little," rather than "dandelions are little." Board-book age kids are just too young to really grasp specific flower names, and my daughter has no idea what a dandelion is. (And, we live in the city, so there aren't many around.) I change the words myself to "flowers" each time, because she does know what flowers are, and understands that they are little and fragile. I noticed that when I read "dandelion," she would just sort of wait for the next page. Now that I read "flower," she pays more attention, because she recognizes the word, so it is easier for her to grasp the big/little concept that the book is trying to convey.
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