THE WORLD IS BIG AND I'M SO SMALL by William Kotzwinkle

THE WORLD IS BIG AND I'M SO SMALL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A small person who happens to look rather like a toy rabbit spends a day devoted to mischief and imaginative play. Servello's lively paintings, often exaggerating unusual points of view, depict loving if stereotypical parents (Mother does laundry, Dad is a hero who comes home and reads the paper) and a child who is young enough to sit in a highchair but old enough to read about knights. The neighborhood where they live could be in Edward Hopper's America, with energetically canted verticals imagined by Van Gogh. Kotzwinkle's simple text, in rhymed couplets, is adequate but sometimes labored (""'Here comes the King!' the knights did cry. And sure enough, the King came by""). The child begs Daddy to read to him, but Daddy doesn't, at least not as far as we know--in fact, except for being washed, fed, and put to bed, he's played alone all day. An unusual book; illustrations with both artistic merit and child appeal, but a story that is an idyll of more interest to adults than to children.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1986
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Crown