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Big Bear Little Chair Hardcover – October 6, 2015
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" Each tall and skinny page is as stunning as the next."--BoingBoing
New York Times Best Illustrated Book of The Year
"Young readers will ask for it to be read aloud repeatedly."--Reading Today
"When they put their chairs together, everything is right with the world."--Metropolis Magazine
"Stylishly illustrated tale about how size matters (sometimes) and the dynamics of opposites."--People Magazine
"Opposites receive a fresh interpretation in this stylish selection."--School Library Journal, starred review
"Ideal for teaching young kids the concepts of big and little -- and just for having fun!"--Common Sense Media
"Each tall and skinny page is as stunning as the next."--Boing Boing
"Big Bear Little Chair is in perfect form with big height, little width found in Lizi Boyd's presentation of a uplifting story of opposites."--Books & Whatnot
"A gorgeous book that's fun to own simply because it's so pretty."--Design Mom
About the Author
Lizi Boyd is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including Inside Outside and Flashlight, and also creates papers, ribbons, cards, and other works of delight. She lives in Vermont.
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I teach a multi-age class of 6, 7, and 8 year-olds who noticed amazing things as they shared their thinking about these whimsical pages: “Only some pages rhyme!“ “The tent is red, but nothing else is red on that page!“ “Tiny doesn’t appear until the end of the story!” and more… The non-predictability of Boyd’s comparisons had them hooked. Teachers and parents, you can feel confident in purchasing this deceptively-simple yet captivating book. It’s a little book, but a big imagination-igniter!
Lizi Boyd had me at Flashlight. I fell in love with this beautiful, wordless masterpiece from the very first page, and with falling in love I discovered Inside Outside, and now Big Bear Little Chair. I’m a forever-fan of Boyd’s. Though it may be a while, I can hardly wait for the next work of genius to be published…
Boyd uses gouache in black, white, and grey along with hints of red to keep the artwork simple and sharp. The books unusual trim size make it tall and narrow which further underscores the size contrasts in each spread and also helps draw the reader's attention across each spread.
After going through various big and little contrasts (big bear, little chair/big owl, little branch/big meadow, little salamander, etc.) Boyd adds tiny items to the second half of the book to bring another dimension to this sleek picture book.
Big Bear Little Chair is part concept book and part hidden object with various items to locate on every page and something new to find on subsequent reads. An ideal choice for a younger story time set or a concept themed program.
Possible Pairings: Orange Bear Apple Pear by Emily Gravett, Cockatoo, Too by Bethanie Deeney Murguia, Bears on Chairs by Shirley Parenteau and David L. Walker