Publisher’s description: “Little Lena has her heart set to sit at the big table. But every year her family tells her she’s just not big enough. Little Lena is determined to show everyone how big she is. This book is full of chaos and heartfelt charm.”
Author, P.J. McIlvaine, has lots of writing experience, but this is her debut picture book. (Don’t miss my upcoming author interview with P.J. McIlvaine, on Wednesday, July 31st.) P.J. teamed up with experienced illustrator, Leila Nabih, to create this adorable picture book about the universal yearning to grow up faster.
Stuck at the little kids’ table during family holidays, Little Lena thinks, “Ugh… I’m too old to be with these babies.” So she sets out to prove that she belongs at the Big Table by being a big helper. The story is cute, funny, and relatable. And just like in real life, Little Lena eventually learns that being with the grown ups isn’t all its cracked up to be. (Isn’t that the truth?) This is a great story to add to the library of any little one who longs to be bigger.
The illustrations are also adorable. I love the muted colors and the tablecloth textured backgrounds. My favorite detail is Little Lena’s mismatched socks, which fit her personality to a tee. Just cute, cute, cute.
*Thank you, PJ, for giving me access to a free PDF copy of your book in exchange for my honest review.*