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Little Elliot, Big Family


WHEN MOUSE heads off to a family reunion, Little Elliot decides to go for a walk. As he explores each busy street, he sees families in all shapes and sizes. In a city of millions, Little Elliot feels very much alone —until he finds he has a family of his own! 

       "Employing a restrained text, Curato mines the visuals for emotional impact...Young children will easily relate to Elliot's

experience of loneliness and his relief at inclusion, both

convincingly captured in this elegant tale.Kirkus

       "Curato fleshes out Little Elliot’s personality in this installment—there are glimmers of a character with real depth beneath his cutie-pie visage—while continuing to come up with wonderful, Hopperesque images of

a bygone New York.Publishers Weekly

"The art creates an inviting atmosphere that draws readers in and keeps them lingering on each page, while the text tells an appealing story of family and friendship." School Library Journal

"Readers will appreciate amusing visual details such as mouse-size bottle-cap plates and end pages filled with mouse family photos.

A splendid follow-up to Little Elliot, Big City.Booklist

"Children often feel like outsiders for so many reasons, and that lonesome feeling is reflected here in handsome, sweeping city scenes

in muted hues, each haunted by the tiny white elephant, a solitary observer of a busy world where it seems that everyone has family but him. Elliot's warm welcome into the mouse family is a happy ending to the aching story of longing to belong."  Shelf Awareness

2016 Children’s Choice Book Awards

Finalist for Children's Choice Illustrator

Children's Book Council

2016 Charlotte Huck Recommended Books List 

The National Council of Teachers of English

Indies Next List

Autumn 2015

Honorable Mention for "Best Family Book"

Best Picture Books of 2015

Huffington Post

Best Books of 2015: Ages 3-5 


Original Art Show selection

58th Annual of American Illustration selection 

Society of Illustrators

Read more about the making of this book on my blog!

I stop by The Children's Book Podcast to talk with Matthew C. Winner about Little Elliot, Big Family

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