Friday, August 8, 2014

Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato, Book Review

By: Mike Curato
Illustrated by: Mike Curato
Published by: Henry Holt
To Be Released on: August 26th, 2014
Ages: for all ages
Source: arc from publisher to review
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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.

A must have book for readers of all ages, Little Elliot Big City is a beautifully illustrated, and wonderful told story about friendship and helping others. 

One of the things I love about children's books, is the way they stories are told, and the message the stories have. Elliot might be small, and he may look different than everyone else around him, but that doesn't stop him or discourage him from doing things. But sometimes he may need a little help. In his despair of not being able to purchase a cupcake that he really wanted, Elliot finds someone else who's in need of a helping hand. Together these two learn that working together and helping each other out is much more rewarding then trying to do everything on their own. More importantly, Elliot, and his tiny mouse friend learned the value of friendship. 

I have a weakness for small cute things. Including elephants, and small white mice. Now add in cupcakes, and a story about friendship/helping each other out, and you've got a story made of win. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this story, including the message about helping others and friendship. The illustrations are simply beautiful. They are a perfect match for this story. When it comes to children's picture books, illustrations make it or break it for me. It doesn't matter how well the story is told. These illustrations are ones that made me flipping through the book before and after reading it. 

I would highly recommend adding this to your shelf! It's definitely a timeless treasure that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages. 

5 stars!


  1. This sounds cute, and you are right. The illustrations make or break a children's book for me. I will check this one out.

  2. Rosi- This book is a must have! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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