big and small and in-between
You Are (Not) Small meets The Quiet Book in this beautiful compilation of all the little things that make up our big world.
This wide, wonderful world contains many things. Some things are as big as a family of bears; some are as small as a reflection in a puddle. Some things are felt rather than seen.
In between it all is . . . you. What kinds of things will you collect?
This lovely, lyrical book collects the world by size. Divided into three chapters with three specially paper-engineered separations, every page encapsulates one precious moment that perfectly represents both a size and an experience. Beloved author Carter Higgins’s poignant, poetic text and Daniel Miyares’s incandescent illustrations capture a whole new way of seeing the world in this beautiful, giftable meditation on what it means to be a kid—and what it means to be a human.
★"[V]isually stunning and emotionally rich. . . . [Big and Small and In-Between] is designed to inspire conversation and reflection about what is depicted on each page. Expressive illustrations in deep colors and intriguing textures elegantly unite with the words to create a thought-provoking and emotional new whole. This lovely story stands out from others in the genre as it will connect with readers of all ages while encouraging discussion of life’s myriad moments—both great and small."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"Size is all about perspective in this profoundly moving, charmingly crafted picture book. And it changes: As the witty paper constructions that start each section open out and fold back in, so do our minds and hearts."
—The New York Times
"In a conceptual work of categorization, Higgins (Circle Under Berry) writes short, fanciful, often funny observations, sorted into the divisions of the title . . . Art by Miyares (Hope at Sea), often shadowed in pencil gray, creates a quiet, reflective feeling . . . Each section heading features a piece of paper engineering—each an elegant, interactive creation—and the book ends with a dramatic gatefold. These and the book's luxurious length make it an abstract journey with many turns and surprises."
"Written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Daniel Miyares, this compact and thoughtful picture book roams in a speculative way through a child's awareness of size and perspective. The text mingles humor with lyricism and evokes childhood without ever seeming childish. The accompanying pictures do the same sort of tone-shifting, moving from the puckish. . .to the fantastical. . .to the tenderly quotidian."
—The Wall Street Journal