The New Small Person

A new Lauren Child picture book! Happiness!

This one is particularly sweet, too. It's about a little boy learning to appreciate his little brother.

The New Small Person by Lauren Child.
Candlewick, 2014.

Elmore Green is a proud, happy only child. He loves his room, watching his own cartoon shows, playing with his toys, and when his uncle brings him jelly beans, he loves that gets to keep them all to himself.

But one day, a new small person comes along. As far as Elmore is concerned, it ruins everything!

The new small person is referred to as a nameless "it" for a time. It won't let Elmore watch his television, it scatters his toys and licks Elmore's jelly beans. His parents explain to Elmore that the small one can't help it, but Elmore is not convinced. As the small one grows, Elmore faces a new challenge: the small person announces he wants to be just like Elmore. Elmore is not impressed.

Elmore is especially incensed when the new small person moves into Elmore's room. "However, one night everything changed." Elmore wakes up from a particularly bad dream and starts to cry. His little brother hears him and runs to his side. Suddenly, Elmore comes to appreciate his little brother.

Soon, Elmore and the new small person are friends, as Elmore learns that having a little brother is actually a lot of fun!

He'll even share his jelly beans - but not the orange ones.

Picture books about new siblings are very common, and this one doesn't do much to break the mold. However, it does feature Child's trademark style and artwork, which in my book, makes it a worthy addition to one's collection.

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  1. The cover illustration melted my heart. My guys always set stories up on the stairs and played there for hours. This looks like a beautiful book and story.


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