Sunday, 7 September 2014
Book review - The New Small Person by Lauren Child
The New Small Person is a brand new book from Lauren Child, best known in this household for creating Charlie and Lola. In fact, receiving this book to review was very timely for us, as both children are currently Charlie and Lola obsessed, and it deals with an issue that we often encounter.
The book follows Elmore Green, who started life as an only child, with his own room where he could line out all his precious things and no-one would touch them. He could eat all the jelly beans in the house himself because no-one else liked them, and he could watch just what he wanted to on television. Until one day, when everything changed, and somebody else came along.
I like how the book isn't just about introducing a new baby into the family, because much of the story takes place when the younger sibling has grown up enough to interact with the older child. The new small person knocks things over, sits on things, and follows Elmore around, wanting to do exactly the same things that he does. Elmore isn't happy at all, but gradually he begins to realise that having his little brother around is a lot more fun.
It's a really sweet book and I like it a lot. It definitely struck a chord with Harry, who has just started laughing at Mia being a 'copy cat' because she copies what he says and does. However, just like Elmore, although he does often get annoyed with her he loves having her to play with too. I'd definitely recommend this book.
I received a copy of this book to review.