You Are Not Small by Anna Kang

You Are Not Small

Winner of the 2015 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Two fuzzy creatures can't agree on who is small and who is big, until a couple of surprise guests show up, settling it once and for all!The simple text of Anna Kang and bold illustrations of New Yorker cartoonist Christopher Weyant tell an original and very funny story about size—it all depends on who's standing next to you.

Details You Are Not Small

TitleYou Are Not Small
Release DateAug 5th, 2014
PublisherTwo Lions
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Storytime, Animals, Humor

Reviews You Are Not Small

  • Heidi
    Not only is this a fun book about opposites, but the illustrations are adorable. When two fuzzy creatures get into an argument about size they drag their fellow fuzzy critters into it. It appears the argument will continue for some time until the arrival of some visitors. It always delights me when such seemingly simple books reveal themes and ideas that aren't so simple. Here the seemingly simple idea of big versus small translates into a variet...
  • Cheri
    There are so many books on opposites, but very few of them focus on the gray area of multi-step comparisons! What if you are big compared to one person and small compared to another? What do you count as?I also really liked the diversity message in here: if you are part of a large group, does that mean you set the standard? Why does your group's idea of the standard need to trump another group's idea? It was a particularly compelling way to read ...
  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    Who is big and who is small exactly? Well that is what young readers will discover as they read this book. Written in a way that early readers can read this independently, two characters and their friends argue about size. Funny and well done.
  • Cathy Mealey
    A plump, purplish bear-like creature is merrily blowing dandelion seeds across the opening page of this clever, humorous picture book. Enter one large, fuzzy orange-brown foot, stage right. “You are small,” says the new critter to the weed-clutching little one.This innocent observation kicks off a spirited dialogue between the two. “I am not small. You are big,” purple critter retorts. But the larger one gestures to his pals, noting that ...
  • Tasha
    An orange bear declares to a smaller blue bear that the shorter one is “small.” The little one says that that is not true, rather the orange bear is “big.” The orange bear shows that he has other big creatures just like him and just his size, but so does the blue bear. The two groups start to argue and fight about whether they are big or small. Then another creature arrives and another one yet that help put size into perspective for every...
  • Ruth
    This book is so simple, but so deep. Need to explain in-group/out-group dynamics? Use this book. Need to explain partisan politics? Use this book. Need to explain why I can be mean to my brother, but I will punch the first person to say something rude about him? Use this book.It really is deserving of the Geisel award. A simple book, with simple words, and simple yet charming illustrations, teaches a lot.
  • infoqueen
    When two fluffy creatures start arguing over who is big and who is small, (recruiting their fluffy friends to bolster their arguments), things start to get loud, until some unexpected company arrives to put things in perspective.Anna Kang's text is easy enough for an early reader to read alone, and paired with Christopher Weyant's bold artwork as the visual punchline, this delightful picture book is sure to be a hit at storytime.
  • Mahesh
    Great first readMy 5 year old just finished reading this cute little book. That was the first book he had ever read by himself! His eyes just lit up after he finished it ! Loved it!
  • Amy
    Loved this book. Will probably be taking it with me to the read aloud sessions if I get to go to the first grade classroom.
  • Laura Harrison
    Very cute, funny and likeable.
  • Vicki
    Ha, ha, ha, ha......Very cool illustrations.
  • J
    Fun book. All the groups I've read it to have paid attention to the end.
  • Venus
    Review originally posted on Children's AtheneumSome things are about perspective. One animal may seem small to someone big, while someone small may see them as tall. When a third set of animals show up though, perceptions shift.Reminiscent of How Joe the Bear and Sam the Mouse Got Together (I am aware that I may be the only person who is familiar with this book), this is your classic opposites book. The juxtaposition of the two sizes, the arguing...
  • Pat Eells
    Thank you for this book, You Are Not Small. I won it in a Goodreads Giveaway.My Granddaughter read it several times and thought it was really cute. She has plans to read it to the little neighborhood boys and, who knows, who else. This is a beautiful hard covered book (with dust jacket) and large colorful illustrations. The story presents a meaningful message, and the end is just great - funny. It is an enjoyable, short read. I congratulate the a...
  • Kristen
    Oh, I want to use this when we're talking math concepts of bigger and smaller as well as when we do a language lesson on small/smaller/smallest, etc. And I want to read it just for fun, because the ending tickled me. And it would make great readers' theater. Or a puppet show! Yeah, this works.Pair this with "Duck! Rabbit!" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld to talk about perspectives.Use to introduce ideas of opinion and persuasion to yo...
  • Bertha
    Two creatures can't agree on which one is big and which is small. That is until another creature arrives to solve it once and for all.The story is told with simple text and bold illustrations which were done by Christopher Weyant.I read this book to a 2 year old she couldn't stop giggling.I would recommend this book for storytime classes. It was not only a funny story but it also promotes talks about what is big and what is small.
  • Shirley
    What a great children's book! The story is "small" and sweet while the illustrations are "big" and magnificent. The book is perfect for bedtime reading and would also be great for first time readers. I bet non-readers could learn to "read" you this story. I predict that You Are (Not) Small will become a favorite with my two and three-year-old grandkids.Thank you Billiance Publishing for offering this book as a GoodReads giveaway.
  • Shirley Gillette
    I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.So cute! I especially loved the ending!The illustrations are great!This is a great book for size comparison, and a little bit about arguments.I will be reading this book to my nephew, and I know he will love it!
  • Joelle
    A lovely book that teaches children to consider various perspectives-- as well as the power of the word "and".
  • Monique
    Aww so cute, just a little story about differences and two bears who learn about them together..So story starts with Bear One exclaiming that Bear Two is small..well Bear Two, offended states-uh, no Bear One you are big. Bear One returns with his family and says see they are just like me which means you are small. Enter Bear Two with his family who counters with well look they are the same size as me, which means you are big. With an argument in ...
  • Kristin
    You are (not) Small by Alex Kang, illustrated by Christopher Weyant.This book was about two furry creatures who look at one another ant can’t seem to agree on whether one of them is big and the other is small. But as the story goes on more characters show up in the story, that help the two creatures understand who is which. This story was a winner of the 2015 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award.I would recommend this book for either kindergarteners or f...
  • Elisabeth
    The concepts of big and small are presented on a spectrum, giving kids the opportunity to grasp the concept of size as a whole. Perfect for younger picture book readers, You Are (Not) Small will get them thinking about what is really big, what is really small, all while being entertained by some seriously adorable fuzzy bears. Loved the ending with its positive resolution and message of getting along despite differences of appearance. Highly reco...
  • Leah Allan
    A book that encourages us to appreciate our differences - using only a few simple words! Two creatures, one smaller and one bigger, both believe that they are the normally sized creature and that the other one is either small or big. They bring in their friends to state their case of being normally sized and continue to argue until two new creatures arrive - one smaller and one bigger, at which point they agree that they are all small and big, in...
  • Angela Ball
    (KidLit Ed204 category: Geisel award winner)"You Are (Not) Small" by Anna Kang, is a book all about perspective. Everyone sees things from their point of view. But it's all in how you look at it. The illustrations by Christopher Weyant are simple but colorful and fun to look at. The facial expressions on the characters are fun to watch as the story goes along, too. Each page only has a couple words, which makes it a quick easy read. I can imagine...
  • Tia
    CuteI found the book funny with great pictures. Has a good message. I would recommend. Find the similarities not the differences.
  • Laura McLoughlin
    Cute book about opposites. Very silly ending.
  • Brenda Kahn
    This adorable disagreement about size won the Geisel Award a few years ago. Colorful illustrations add humor to an already humorous argument. Definitely one to have on the easy reader shelf. Fun read aloud too.
  • Sandy Brehl
    With only 90+ words in total, and the full extent of vocabulary used at fewer than thirty words from the very earliest sight vocabulary lists, this recent release has managed to achieve the Seuss-like magic. It provides families and emerging readers with a "read-it-again" story that is jam-packed with humor, personality, and layers of bonus benefits. A story like this is an authentic way for kids to explore basic math concepts (big-small), langua...
  • Sara Ullery
    4. You Are Not Small by Anna Kang Ages2-6 Early Learners-2AWARDWINNER21. This book is funny, smart and has a great message. In the beginning, the characters pick on each other for their sizes. Once you settle in, you see that the characters realize that there is always someone bigger, and there is always someone smaller. The point is that we should all treat each other with respect no matter what they look like. 2. Grade PreK-2 and ages 2-63. The...