Illustrated by :Nicolle Lalonde
Audience:Juvenile: Age (years) 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) P - 2, Grade (US) P - 2, Reading age 4 - 7
Dimensions:12.1in x 8.3 x 0.4 in | 360 gr
Page Count:36 pages
Big or small, apartment or house, they’re all home.
Come inside one boy’s high-rise apartment complex, where his backyard is the space between his neighboring apartment buildings, and his basketball net is tucked into a bedroom. His parents sometimes complain their home is too small, but the boy’s balcony view of the city and the extended play space of the hallways are a few ways that make the boy’s house feel just the right size.
Our Big Little Place is a charming child’s-eye-view tribute to the power of imaginative play and the diversity of the living spaces we call home.
James A. Conan is a chef by day and writer by night. Our Big Little Place is his first picture book. He lives in Toronto.
Nicolle Lalonde is a Toronto-based and Ontario College of Art and Design-trained illustrator. She enjoys exploring the city and meeting the neighborhood cats.
“Great storyline.”- The Write Path, 10/10/19
“I love the joy that the narrator brings to the story with their big imagination and desire for adventure.”- The Tiny Activist, 05/26/20
“A gentle family tale that reflects the diversity of a big city . . . This playful story proves that small spaces can feel large with a little imagination.”- Kirkus Reviews, 06/10/19
“The illustrations are kid-friendly, full of activity, details and fun . . . a wonderful debut book by the author.”- Storywraps, 07/17/19
“Conan and Lalonde remind us that the only true limit on space is our imagination.”- CBC News, 08/07/19
“A great exploration of what home and community are in the eyes of a small child growing up in a big city. Highly Recommended.”- CM Reviews, 09/27/19