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Little i Hardcover – September 5, 2017
From School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—A playful exploration of language and punctuation with expressive alphabet characters, an exciting journey, and a triumphant ending. "Little i" lives a peaceful life with his fellow alphabet companions until the day his dot suddenly falls off and rolls away. Without his dot, Little i doesn't look like a letter anymore. He even looks a little like a number, and you certainly can't make any words with numbers. Uncertain and determined to regain his identity, he sets off to find his dot, embarking on an exciting journey that takes him across the sea, far from his home, and into unknown lands of language. Bright, chunky, and delicately textured cut-paper and collage illustrations fill each page of this story to the brim with color and movement. A variety of punctuation marks are thoughtfully incorporated into the story and design. In one instance, Little i encounters a waterfall of exclamation points that is "Exciting! Spectacular! Magnificent!" Later, he discovers four small green comma sprouts and pauses to admire each in turn. The matching text type and shape of the alphabet characters integrate the narrative and illustrations, and repetitive phrasing and rhetorical questions add to the appeal for younger readers. VERDICT An inventive and well-executed story and design make this an excellent choice for young storytimes and a strong selection for most collections.—Laken Hottle, Providence Community Library
“A wonderfully clever and ultimately triumphant journey of self-discovery...The art, like the text, is bold, simple, and engaging. Brightly colored textured collaged paper makes for the perfect technique to deliver this high-concept tale. Little i may be a mere cutout letter, but his humanity shines through.” (New York Times Book Review)
“A playful exploration of language and punctuation with expressive alphabet characters, an exciting journey, and a triumphant ending. ...An inventive and well-executed story and design make this an excellent choice for young storytimes and a strong selection for most collections.” (School Library Journal)
“This lighthearted adventure starring the lowercase i portrays the letters of the alphabet with human characteristics. ...The brief text and uncomplicated plot make this manageable for those just learning the alphabet, while the sly humor will appeal to those a bit older. ...awesome!” (Booklist)
“A quest story and a concept book...Bright digitally compiled collages composed of painted and cut paper create dramatic backgrounds, and the expressions of and movement among the letters give them energy and personality. ...symbols and letters in the English language beautifully become part of the story’s action.” (Horn Book Magazine)
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Neat map of little i's adventures in the very back though.
One of the things I love most about Michael Hall’s books is that even though they are clearly aimed at children, they have a sense of sophistication about them and his characters always show growth. His books are beautiful and inspirational!