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You'll Grow Soon, Alex Hardcover – September, 2000

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Alex really, really wishes he were tall. He's so small, other kids call him Shorty. His sister's friends pat him on the head and say "Aaahh, isn't he sweet." His mom suggests eating protein. His dad advises him to exercise more. His sister tells him to sleep a lot. His teacher recommends lots of reading and counting. But none of these things seem to do any good. It's only when he goes straight to the source--his very tall Uncle Danny--that Alex begins to see some changes. But they're not the changes he expected.

Shout "Hooray" for this sweet story of a dissatisfied child who stops being the smallest boy and turns into the happiest one instead. The message is plain to the point of being trite--it's what's inside that counts--but the vehicle for this philosophy is utterly charming. Alex's uncle recommends that he give his family big hugs every morning, eat Popsicles in the bath with a million bubbles every evening, and break the sound barrier on his bike, among other worthy suggestions for a happy life. What could be smarmy isn't. Russell Ayto's cartoonish illustrations of Alex among a jungle of long legs will seem exquisitely familiar to any child. Young readers of all shapes and sizes, especially those who feel too anything, will take heart from Alex's story. (Ages 4 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

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PreSchool-Grade 1-Little Alex wants more than anything to be tall. "He couldn't stop thinking about it. He even dreamed about it." He solicits advice on how to grow from his family and teacher and scrupulously follows it-eating protein, exercising, reading-until he talks to his very tall Uncle Danny, who tells him, "You don't want to grow on the outside. No! You need to grow a bit on the inside." Though Ayto's line drawings have humor and action, the plot does not. The familiar theme of a child wanting to grow up is handled with much more charm in Pat Hutchins's Titch (Aladdin, 1993).
Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Company (September 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802787363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802787361
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,841,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm short. You can't see me as you are reading this, but trust me, I am. And I spent a good deal of my childhood watching kids shoot up like weeds and wondering when it would happen to me. This is why I can relate so much to Alex. He's short too and tries everything he can think of to grow taller. But it takes advice from his very tall Uncle Danny to make him see that it's not what you have but what you do with it that makes a difference. A great story and not just for short people.
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By A Customer on December 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In You'll Grow Soon, Alex, a little boy named Alex wants to be tall. He does not like being the shortest boy and teased by other people. He wants to be taller so badly that he asks his mother and father, sister and teacher how to be taller. They all give Alex suggestions on how to grow: eat protein, exercise, sleep, and read. The last person he asks for advice is his very tall uncle. His uncle opens Alex's heart and shows him what growing is really about. His uncle shows him that there's more to being a big person than inches and feet. That is what makes this book so special. It is great for kids who struggle with self-esteem; it is a really positive book.
The main theme throughout the story is self-esteem. The Journal of Youth and Adolescence did research into children's weight and height and their relationship to a child's attitude They found that "taller children have less body dissatisfaction" (p 64). Alex tells his family that he is not happy with himself; he does not think much of himself. He does not see all the wonderful gifts he has; he sees what others have that he does not. The journal also claims that height is one of the major factors in deciding how content a child is with his or her own body. The whole story involves Alex's trying to understand who he is. His family and even his teacher focus on his height, but his uncle is the only one who can read through Alex's question to see the real meaning behind it. Alex is really asking, "Am I special? Am I important?" His uncle nurtures him and lets him see what is really important - happiness.
The pictures and the font all work together to help the reader get involved in the story. The illustrations are fun; they look similar to a child's artwork.
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