A SMALL SURPRISE by Louise Yates


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Age Range: 3 - 6
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Small children may not be able to walk far, wipe their noses or tie their own shoes, but they have their own special talents. One little bunny illustrates this clearly when he responds to an ad for a position in the circus despite the injunction that “small animals need not apply.” The larger animals don’t know what to make of him at first and seem rather disgruntled with the extra work he requires. But his special talent for disappearing and reappearing (thanks to his size) keeps them on their toes and will be sure to have readers in stitches. Even without the power of speech, it is perfectly clear what the animals are thinking and how they are feeling, their broad expressions speaking volumes. Simple details and single-toned backgrounds keep the focus on the characters. Yates’s debut is one of those books that grows on readers with repetition. Small children who feel they aren’t big enough to do anything will appreciate the message, while their adults might be inspired to look for the hidden talents. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: May 12th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-375-85698-3
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Knopf
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2009


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