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Bigger! Bigger!
Contributor(s): Patricelli, Leslie
ISBN: 0763679305     ISBN-13: 9780763679309
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
    OUR PRICE: $14.40  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: May 2018
Annotation: Putting on her construction hat, a young girl uses her imagination as she builds a doghouse, a bridge, and a skyscraper.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Size; Fiction.
Imagination; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Size & Shape
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2018071288
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.75" H x 9.75" W x 0.50" (0.90 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #3)
In her previous picture books (Higher! Higher!, rev. 3/09; Faster! Faster!, rev. 3/12), this pigtailed adventurer has taken readers on wild and imaginative rides—swinging high into space; moving as fast as a cheetah. Here the girl begins by building a tower out of bricks, then progresses to a doghouse, then a real house, a housing complex, a bridge, an office building, and a skyscraper. "Build. / Big. / Bigger! / Bigger! Bigger!" The girl's dog and cat pitch in, wearing hard hats, while handheld tools such as hammers and nails soon make way for construction vehicles. The shifting perspectives of the scenes as the buildings get bigger create excitement with every page-turn. A double-page spread declaring, finally, "Biggest!" shows a city skyline with the self-satisfied trio of girl, cat, and dog in the forefront—but the next page shows an alarming, vibrating scene: "Boom! Boom!" Crashing through the skyscrapers, a huge diapered infant (whom readers may recognize from Patricelli's popular board books) upsets every structure—and the fantasy—until only a pile of blocks and the baby's tearful older sister remain. Wordless spreads show the process of reconciliation as the two start building together as a team: "Stronger! Stronger!" The minimal text, bright color palette, and textured acrylic paintings with thick black outlines create a book appropriate for sharing both one-on-one and with groups. julie roach Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 April)

Toddler-PreS—This deceptively simple story stars a little pigtailed girl in a hard hat building progressively larger buildings, initially from blocks. But after the first page, the illustrations enter her imagination, as she builds a dog house ("Big!"), a house ("Bigger!"), skyscrapers ("Bigger! Bigger!") and ultimately a whole city ("Biggest!"), which is then knocked down by an enormous, bald baby in a diaper ("Boom! Boom! Crash!"). Her fantasy crashes down with the buildings and she is left with a pile of blocks and downcast expression, until the baby holds out a block in offering and the book ends with them building cooperatively ("Stronger! Stronger!") The story is told almost entirely with illustrations, and just single words of text. Patricelli's trademark round-faced, oval eyed tots are in full evidence here, with lots of primary colors and textured pastel-style art. She emphasizes the increase in size of the buildings both by switching points of view and increasing the size of the font. The story is quite simple, but youngsters will need to make the leap to fantasy. The idea of building is always popular, and the concepts of forgiveness and cooperation are imbedded seamlessly into the story. VERDICT Patricelli fans, teachers looking to explain concepts of size and behavior, as well as libraries looking for simple books that leave lots of room for interpretation will find a lot to enjoy here. A worthwhile addition.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.