When asked to read Coleen Paratore’s Big [Little Pickle Press’ Site and Blog], I was more than delighted to do so. There are many readers of ChickLitGurrl with children, with nieces and nephews, and with friends with children, and Big is a wonderful gift with a great message for kids between the ages of 5 and 8.

Continue through the post to learn about Big, to see my 5-latte review, and to sit back and watch Big‘s trailer!

[Available in: Print | Kindle]

BIG goes beyond the basics to show that size is more than a matter of height. Touching on ideas such as health, citizenship, and imagination, this book can be the key to heartfelt dialogue between children and caregivers about the importance of values over valuables.

5 out of 5 lattes

This is a book that makes me smile from beginning to end. Geared toward children, it offers them tools to become BIG in their lives. For parents, it offers a tool to begin conversations with their children so that they can nurture their growing, BIG children. For everyone else, it’s a book with a BIG message that can even have the child at heart reflecting on how to add bigness to their own lives.

Side note: Little Pickle Press [Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest] offers lesson plans for BIG and for other books by LPP. The BIG lesson plans are excellent, and even though they are geared toward teachers for classroom activities, I think parents could get a lot from the lessons to have one-on-one conversations with their little ones.

BIG Video Trailer

Jump on the BIG Blog Book Tour wagon and travel to the blog BritMums; the tour will be stopping there tomorrow!


  1. Teaching children they can make a difference is BIG. And so is the message from BIG. Love this amazing book, its message is heartfelt and will help children undersand they don't have to be physically big to give.
    Love this book!

  2. You hit it exactly on the head- BIG made me smile from beginning to end as well. The artwork is so bright and unique, and the message so important and clear, it's a joyful shout of a book.

  3. Cameron

    Thank you for featuring this adorable children's book. I am in love with it!

  4. This is such a great book with really important themes. Clare's illustrations are also reslly terrific, bringing the ideas to life.

  5. A book with a great message — and a great cover, too. You gotta love a group that publishes books that help kids learn and grow while reading a fun story.

  6. Even as an adult, I was glad to have read BIG. I think it's such an important message for kids… and for adults. I know quite a few adults (myself included) that could benefit from remembering their true BIGness.

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