WHEN I'M BIG by Tim Drury


Age Range: 2 - 7
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Brother and sister Joe and Mo’s flights of fancy alleviate the boredom of being trapped inside on a rainy day. Conjuring up images of what they will do when they are “big,” the two explore a myriad of professions ranging from the ordinary—chef or veterinarian—to the exotic: race-car driver or intrepid explorer. While the children stick to traditional gender roles (Joe, a boy, chooses space exploration, while Mo, a girl, wants to be a hairdresser), Drury offers a wide array of vocations; rhyming couplets maintain a lively pace while Aye’s images, filled with abundant details, aptly depict the boundless realm of the imagination. In a clever juxtaposition of reality and fantasy, every illustration shows in a smaller insert the children using common household objects as they “work” while the larger picture reflects the teeming world of their proposed futures. (Picture book. 2-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-531-30189-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1999