Perfect Picture Book Friday! Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato

12 Sep

I HAVE BEEN WAITING AND WAITING for Perfect Picture Book Friday to come back from summer vacation to tell you about this book!

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because Little Elliot had me at the cover!

 

littleelliotbigcityLittle Elliot, Big City

Written and Illustrated by Mike Curato

40 pages – ages 4+
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on August 26, 2014

Theme/Topic- Making friends / Having a cupcake 😉

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- (publisher’s description)

“Amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, the big crowds and bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a quiet life. In spite of the challenges he faces, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy—like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter—a friend.”

Why I liked this book- Little Elliot is an amazingly cute little elephant. Who doesn’t love him? Come on? Who didn’t see Elliot on the cover and go “Awwwww”? 😉 Mr. Curato has written a great story about friendship. I like how Elliot meets someone smaller than him and together they tackle the big city! The illustrations are magnificent, and if you don’t believe me, just take a look!

littleelintIsn’t that great? I like how it seems to take place in the 1940’s. The cars are well-drawn (and pretty cool). The clothing on the people match the time period too. I love the feel you get from just the pictures (like looking at an old picture). This story is awesome also! I think that it would make a marvelous read-a-loud and a book to teach that with a little help, we can meet our challenges! 🙂

 

 

Activities and Resources-

I love it when publishers have activity guides to go along with their books! Check out the parent and educator guide for Little Elliot HERE!

 Kindergarten-Lessons.com has a list of suggested friendship activities for the classroom. Click HERE to go THERE

To learn more about Little Elliot, Big City, please visit the publisher’s website HERE.

To learn more about Mr. Curato and his other works, please visit his website HERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

48 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday! Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato”

  1. tinamcho September 12, 2014 at 7:00 am #

    Thanks for sharing! I just read an article about Elliot on Publisher’s Weekly.

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  2. jama September 12, 2014 at 7:25 am #

    Little Elliot looks adorable and he’s certainly getting a lot of attention in the media. I do love Curato’s art and elephants just happen to be a personal favorite (second to bears).

    Do you also like the Babar books? There’s also another series featuring Ella the Elephant. 🙂

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 12, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

      I like the Babar books a lot. 🙂 Little Elliot is unique though. 🙂 Polka-dots do that for you. 😉

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  3. Joanna September 12, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    I love this book, Erik, and you beat me to reviewing it! Great choice to kick off the new season.

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  4. Kirsten W. Larson September 12, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    I’ve been waiting for this one. Lucky you for being the first to review it. Hooray for Elliot!

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  5. Wendy Greenley September 12, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    I read somewhere (PW?) that this is one of two books getting a lot of buzz this fall. Let me join the crowd saying Awwww. 🙂

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  6. Catherine Johnson September 12, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    Too cute, Erik!

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  7. Patricia Tilton September 12, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    I love this book too. Elliot is adorable. Plan to give it to a grandchild for Christmas. Nice choice to kick off PPBF.

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  8. Penny Parker Klostermann September 12, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    I totally looked at the cover and went, “Awww!” I can’t wait to read it!

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  9. Cathy Ballou Mealey September 12, 2014 at 11:12 am #

    I’ve been waiting to see this book Erik – lucky you to have it for PPBF! Sounds just terrific!

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  10. Airen Lydick September 12, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    I’m very excited to see your review of _Little Elliot, Big City_. I love it too and am a longtime fan of Elliot and Mike Curato. I look forward to reading more reviews on your blog. Have a great year!

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  11. julie rowan zoch September 12, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    I have been WAITING and WAITING to read it! Just reading your review put a jazzy big-band soundtrack running through my head too!

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  12. LovableLobo September 12, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

    Who wouldn’t love a sweet, cupcake eating, elephant named Elliot? Sounds adorable. Great review, SuperKid!

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  13. Genevieve Petrillo September 12, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

    So fun! I did say, “Awwww…” When I saw Elliot on the cover. Plus who likes cupcakes better than me? Nobody, that’s who!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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  14. KidLitReviews September 12, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

    Love the illustrations. The cover is great. I love Elliott. He is so adorable. Perfect selection for any say of the week!

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  15. patientdreamer September 12, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    Yep! I was sold on the cover… Aww! I too am glad PPBF is back my friend. 😉

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  16. viviankirkfield September 12, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    This looks like a fun book, Erik! I love the pic of what looks like the flat iron building – I used to live in NYC and passed by it many times.

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  17. Susanna Leonard Hill September 13, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

    I love the art, Erik! You’re right – so evocative of an earlier generation! And Elliot is so cute. I totally said Aww 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Colline September 13, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    Definitely looks like a book little people will enjoy 🙂

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  19. Andrea September 13, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    Aw, this looks so sweet!

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  20. Niamh Clune Plum Tree Books September 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    I absolutely love these illustrations.

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  21. Jilanne Hoffmann September 15, 2014 at 3:29 am #

    Awwww, who doesn’t love cupcakes? And cute elephants? 😀 Thanks for pointing this one out, Erik!

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  22. Stacy S. Jensen September 16, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    I’ve read a lot about this book and can’t wait to read it. Love cupcakes and friendship. Thanks for sharing this one.

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  23. writersideup September 19, 2014 at 2:03 am #

    I love this book and I REALLY love Elliott! I think he’s just about the cutest elephant ever 🙂 Nice review, Erik 🙂

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  24. Myra GB October 9, 2014 at 7:15 am #

    Aww. I have to find this book soonest. Everything that I read about it is just beautiful. 🙂

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