It’s Just So… Little
5 STARS - Gold Medal - Mom's Choice Awards®
5 STARS - FOREWORD REVIEWS- CLARION - Reviewed by Amanda McCorquodale 5/5/17
The second in a series, It’s Just So … Little! is the perfect book to ease children, ages three to six, into having a new sibling, or to help them deal with any anxiety about something unexpected on the way. Lizzy’s adventures are related through rhyme schemes that are expertly crafted by the authors, who have backgrounds in children’s musical theater. Each page of rhyming verse is paired with a refrain of “It’s just so…”The book’s use of the changing seasons and Lizzy’s growing out of her own clothes—both very common points of reference for children—serve as effective tools for easing general anxieties about change. The writing style is at the perfect level for young children as well. The stanzas also appear in zigzag to further illustrate the disorienting feeling of worry. The full-color, full-page pictures pair nicely with the text.
KIRKUS REVIEW - An appealing tale for an expanding family.
A picture-book sequel continues to explore the life of a rambunctious, redheaded protagonist as she prepares to become a big sister. Faatz and Trimarco’s (It’s Just So, 2015) tale is written in Dr. Seuss–esque verse, with the occasional nonrhyming line containing an invented word (for example, “Snowbomidable” and “TREEMONDO-MONGOUS”). The poetry flows evenly and should be entertaining for young readers. Trimarco’s illustrations also have a Seussian touch, at least in the characters’ gravity-defying hairstyles. While there is a plethora of picture books dealing with the issue of becoming an older sibling, this one breaks the mold by using the gentle metaphor of the tiny tree to allow young readers to draw their own connections. Lizzy is a cute and relatable protagonist, someone who wants to be an effective helper and a reliable sister. This delightful volume will likely remain a staple for readers anticipating a new baby.
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
Charming, original, entertaining, colorful, and a thoroughly 'kid friendly' picture book for children ages 3 to 8 …"It's Just So...Little!" will prove to be an ideal and enduringly popular addition to family, preschool, daycare center, elementary school, and community library collections.
THE CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW
It’s Just So . . . Little stars Lizzy, the effervescent young girl readers met in the first picture book in this fun series for new readers. The co-authors have used the brilliant analogies of the four seasons and the growth of a tree to showcase to young readers Lizzy’s varying emotions as she transitions from being an only child into a big sister. Just as we all must adapt to the varying conditions of the seasons, Lizzy discovers that she too can adapt with the twists and turns that life presents. The authors’ signature use of wacky words adds bonus entertainment and kids will enjoy wrapping their mouths around them: gigantonormous, chocolicious, and treemondo-mongous! These words also build excitement and crescendo at the right time to allow for more poignant and quiet moments that are ready to speak to the heart.
All in all, this is a delightful book that would make a wonderful addition to any growing family’s home library. Highly recommended.
5 STAR Review by Joel R. Dennstedt - pre-publication reviews PUBLISHED through READER'S FAVORITE:
The true talent, and one at which the authors/illustrator excel, is in presenting a collage of intrigue made up of words, events, thoughts, and activities, all the while managing to connect them into a singularly coherent tapestry. Too much to ask? Apparently not.
What Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco do is intricate and highly thoughtful. As gaily colorful and bursting with energy as is It’s Just So Little – the illustrations are truly amazing - if one takes the time to study them at leisure, he sees an impeccably replicated version of a young child’s emotional and maturational reality. In this case, young Lizzie is already growing older. Things are changing … just so quickly. She is given life-changing news about a new birth, and her world becomes the perfect metaphor for all that she must consider. The authors remind us that children are not the simple creatures they often appear to be. Their interior worlds are magnified; everything takes on greater meaning, becomes a greater challenge, becomes so … much … more. It is the interweaving of so many elements that makes this book stand out. A single read or two will simply not suffice. There is just too much here to love.
5 STAR Jack Magnus -pre-publication reviews PUBLISHED through READER'S FAVORITE:
Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco's picture book for children simply and eloquently shares Lizzy's experiences as she gets used to the idea of becoming a big sister and cares for the tiny sapling she rescued from the cold. Fears such as whether your parents will still play with you or continue thinking you're special are things many kids may secretly worry about when a new baby is coming, and this book goes a long way towards putting some of those insecurities to rest. I loved how the authors parallel the stories of the rescue of the tiny tree, the passing of the three seasons, and the imminent arrival of Lizzy's little brother. Their prose is upbeat and fun, especially the "It's just so" exclamations which march proudly and prominently across the bottom of each page. Peter Trimarco's illustrations are masterful. Each panel is animated and filled with marvelous detail. You can feel the gusty winds that threaten to sweep Lizzy off her feet, and enjoy the chaos that erupts when she goes into her closet to find her clothes. It's Just So...Little! is most highly recommended.
5 STAR Review by JB McPherson -pre-publication reviews PUBLISHED through READER'S FAVORITE:
It’s Just So… Little is a delicious picture book in rhyme that follows the story of Lizzy as she cares for a baby tree and awaits the birth of a sister or brother. Lizzy’s enthusiasm for life and compassion for the little tree instantly endear her to readers. She also likes to make up words like “Gigantonormous” and “Electra-dazzle-riffic,” which will delight child readers. Her faithful dog gets in on the action—helping her save the baby tree and celebrating each of the seasons as they pass.
The illustrations add an intriguing dimension as days pass and the seasons are represented in whimsical pictures of autumn, winter, spring and summer.
This book is a celebration of change—there are changing seasons, changing sizes (as Lizzy outgrows her jacket and boots), and changing family dynamics. But through it all, Lizzy’s zest for life inspires a happy embracing of new things. One of the best gifts that we can give our children is the ability to welcome and enjoy the adventure of change. It’s Just So… Little is an electra-dazzle-riffic picture book that inspires children to grow and enjoy all the changes, big and little!
5 STAR Review By Gisela Dixon-pre-publication reviews PUBLISHED through READER'S FVORITE:
What I loved about this book is that it is a cute and simple story that also tries to cultivate a love of nature and trees in children. I enjoyed reading about Lizzy growing up and her genuine concern and wonder at the growing sapling. In a way, the small tree and her new small sibling is a good comparison to show kids the importance of compassion toward everything. The illustrations in this book are colorful and wonderful and really enhance the story. It's Just So...Little! by Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco is a book I would highly recommend to any parent with kids or even just as a simple and cute storybook for anyone to read.
It's Just So…Little!
Copyright ©2017 by Brenda Faatz & Peter Trimarco
ON SALE MAY 23, 2017
It’s Just So… adventurous for a little girl named Lizzy as she faces challenges of growth and change. She and her faithful puppy adopt a frail little sapling tree, taking on the job of protecting and nurturing their new, well-rooted friend throughout the seasons.
In the meantime, Lizzy is outgrowing all of her favorite clothes and watching as Mom seems to be outgrowing her clothes as well. Lizzy’s biggest change comes in welcoming the new baby as her family tree is growing too.
It’s Just So… Little book signing schedule:
June 16, 2017 Noon - Barnes & Noble - Lonetree Colorado
August Date TBA - Tattered Cover Aspen Grove Colorado
June 1, 2017 - Book Expo America - New York
June 23, 2017 - American Library Association Conference (Midpoint-Ingram) - McCormick Place - Chicago
June 24, 2017 - American Library Association Conference (IBPA) - McCormick Place - Chicago