As Big As You by Sara Acton
Published by Scholastic Books Australia
This is a gorgeous book - a delightful and gentle story of two elephants: Claude is BIG – so big he often doesn’t fit on the page, and Finlay is little. Finlay looks longingly at all the things that Claude can do, until one day he discovers the joys in the small things.
As Big as You has a beautifully balanced story and sentence structure. The story starts by showing Finlay’s longing to be big in paired sentences: “Claude could trumpet so loudly the earth shook. But Finlay could only make a small squeak.” The middle of the book takes the reader on a surprisingly whimsical flight of fancy (quite literally) and the conclusion is divine as Finlay discovers the delights of being small (for now).
Beautiful, loosely sketched and watercolour- washed images evoke a sense of freedom and movement echoing the text. Acton utilises white space on the page to highlight the characters and their charming expressions, and she adds to this a humourous use of perspective throughout, including an intriguing orientation of the whole book. No opportunity is lost with even the text being bought to life and given movement and expression by including highlighted words in the illustrations, uniting text and pictures in a special way.
As Big as You is sure to delight little children who can’t wait to grow up, as they discover with Finlay the elephant the delights of staying little – at least for now.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author/Illustrator: Sara Acton
Title: As Big As You
Published: September 2015