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Book Title: El Pequeno Elliot y Su Gran Familia|
The author of the book: Mike Curato
ISBN 13: 9788416075782
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 718 KB
Edition: Ediciones B
Date of issue: July 31st 2016
Read full description of the books El Pequeno Elliot y Su Gran Familia:“Elliot wondered what it would be like to have 147 cousins. Or even just one.”
The new addition to the Elliot series is just as adorable and wonderful as the first–and this one packs a huge emotional wallop. Elliot’s best friend Mouse goes off to his family reunion, where he will celebrate with his “parents, grandparents, 15 brothers, 19 sisters, 25 aunts, 27 uncles, and 147 cousins.” Left alone, Elliot begins to walk around the city, where it seems like everyone except him is having fun with their families. He begins to feel lonelier and lonelier, until at last he finds a family who welcomes him with open (albeit tiny) arms.
Little Elliot, Big Family is an poignantly-told tale of how finding a place to truly belong can overcome loneliness and isolation. Gorgeously paced, the slowly-unfolding story envelops the reader in Elliot’s world, and the spare text lets the beautiful images convey the emotional impact.
Curato’s soft, sweet illustrations help convey Elliot’s loneliness, as he is dwarfed by the hugeness of the city around him. Unlike how most of us think of New York City, the one Elliot lives in is sparsely populated, and the large, empty spaces around him help the reader feel his isolation. The spread accompanying the quote at the beginning shows Elliot, shrouded in shadow and back to the reader, looking out at the Statue of Liberty–his smallness and aloneness is palpable. Curato’s attention to detail gives the story a lighthearted touch–check out the “portraits” of various sweet treats (including some very familiar images) hanging on Elliot’s wall, the subway ads, and all the little personalities and objects that are displayed in Mouse’s family reunion. And oh, those endpapers!
I saw so much of the immigrant experience reflected in this story–the loneliness, isolation, and feeling out-of-place. Though young readers might not make that connection, they will readily identify with Elliot’s heartache and ultimately happiness at being included, and many will understand that they are not alone–family can be found in unexpected places.
Read information about the authorMIKE was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. He has been drawing ever since he could hold a pencil. Mike attended Syracuse University and has a BFA in Illustration. After college, he moved to Seattle, where he eventually began a career as a graphic designer. You can see examples of Mike's design work here. In 2012, Mike finally achieved his lifelong goal of becoming a published author & illustrator of children's books when Henry Holt Books for Young Readers (MacMillan) offered him a 3-book deal featuring his character, Little Elliot. The first book in the series, Little Elliot, Big City, debuted August 26th, 2014. Mike currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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