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Too Tall Alice Hardcover – March 15, 2008

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About the Author

Barbara Worton has been published in national literary, consumer and business publications. Her story, London Calling was published in Memories Of John Lennon, Harper Collins. If I'm Talking, Why Aren't You Listening?, a play she co-wrote with Linda Dini Jenkins has been staged in New York City; Rutherford, NJ and Boston, MA.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Great Little Books, LLC; 1 edition (March 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979066115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979066115
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,755,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Bulger VINE VOICE on February 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Eight-year-old girls don't like being four inches taller than all the other girls -- if you don't believe that, ask Alice. She's tall -- "not T-Rex, Empire State Building tall" -- just that extra four inches. Crying herself to sleep, she drifts away on her fluffy bed "to the place where the TALL girls lived." After the tall girls explain life's possibilities to her, "Alice watched and listened and like a movie on a screen her heart told her the story of all the wonderful things she was and all the wonderful things she could be."

While Too Tall Alice could have been just another charming "you are special" book, the whimsical humor and stunning illustrations lift it to a totally different level. There are no stereotypes, for one thing. Yes, author Barbara Worton mentions supermodels and basketball players, but she also mentions doctors, class presidents, good friends, and teachers. The message applies, of course, to any child who worries about being different -- and what child doesn't? Celebrate your differences and the possibilities they bring! You will also enjoy the details of Alice's school and family. Alice feels like a very real little girl.

Oh, and the illustrations! Graphic designer Dom Rodi has filled each page with sprawling, colorful drawings embellished with sly little treasures; check the cover art for a sample. The portraits, the adults playing cards, the snaggle-toothed fish, the class picture with somebody making rabbit ears, the annotations threaded in among the drawings ... wonderful Alice with her scribbly blonde hair ... prepare to give this book some time because it's a treasure trove of imagination. My granddaughters are going to love it! They may not be too tall, but they'll understand the message anyhow.

Linda Bulger, 2009
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Carey VINE VOICE on February 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Fitting in is very important when you're a child. Many kids are labeled as unusual based on physical appearance, attitude, the way they talk, or some other characteristic and they often feel dejected while at school and some can even become withdrawn and overly self- conscious. This is how the main character in this book, Too Tall Alice, feels about herself and she only wishes that her problem would disappear so that she could be just like the other kids at school.

What is Alice's problem? Alice is tall. She is taller than the other children and she knows it. She knows that her height is not normal for her age. One night, she overhears a conversation between her parents and their friends that involves Alice. They are talking about Alice's great height and what it means to her future. Alice cries herself to sleep, and she has a dream about the future. In the future, her life as a tall person proves to be advantageous in ways that Alice never realized. She awakes more confident than ever before, ready to face the world with a dazzling smile.

The message in Too Tall Alice is pretty clear and it's the type of book many will relate to either directly or indirectly, and not necessarily due to the fact of being very tall. The dilemma faced by Alice could be anything physical or otherwise and it wouldn't change the book's overall message. This is one of the books many strong points- it can apply to many different situations and thus will benefit many who read because most anyone can relate in some way.

The illustrations in this book are interesting and very different from other children's books. Every page offers an array of colors, shapes, and figures. Some might say it's a case of illustrational overkill, and I thought so too, at first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christine M. Irvin on February 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Alice is an 8-year-old-girl who is taller than the other girls in her class. She worries about being "too tall" and how it will affect her future (although she is a bit young to be worrying about such things). After Alice hears her parents talking to the neighbors about her being tall and skinny, she has a dream about being tall. In the dream, she sees other girls who are tall and skinny and very successful, like models and professional basketball players. Alice then realizes that being tall might not be so bad after all.

Although this story would appeal to any child who doesn't feel like they "fit in" because they're too tall, or too short, or too fat, or they wear glasses, or they have braces, the storyline isn't quite realistic. I don't think a girl like Alice would find a way to cope with her insecurities about being too tall simply by having a dream about being with other tall girls who are successful. The storyline would have been more realistic if some adult had talked with her and told her about all the tall, beautiful girls in the world who have been successful. Or maybe if she had discussed the dream with an adult the storyline would have been better.

And, Alice's insecurities weren't being addressed by her parents. In fact, she heard them talking about her behind her back. That doesn't seem like an appropriate way for a parent to act. The parents should have tried to help Alice cope with her insecurities, not aggravate them.

However, the artwork was awesome. What a creative way to fill the pages.

Overall, though, I give the book only 3 stars for lack of a realistic solution to Alice's insecurities.
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