Myers, Maya

Not Little

(2) PS Illustrated by Hyewon Yum. Though she's the smallest, physically, in her (mixed-race) family and in her (diverse) class, Dot insists: "I'm not little." Her personality is big, as is her intellect ("I tell them that the square root of sixty-four is eight...Jakarta is the capital of favorite Mars rover is Curiosity"). When a new, also diminutive kid joins the class, he's teased at recess and lunch by a "mean kid" (hmm--labels, Dot!). Luckily the plucky protagonist is able to use her big voice, conveyed loud and clear in Myers's conversational text, to stand up for what's right. Yum's art (Saturday Is Swimming Day, rev. 7/18; I Am a Bird, rev. 1/21) features lots of vignettes, some panels, full pages, and occasional spreads, all with plenty of white space and featuring cute patterns, especially in clothing; Dot's polka-dotted shirt and pants in contrasting colors are accessorized with a bright-red kerchief, giving her a mini-superhero vibe. The brave--and bighearted--Dot serves as an ­easy-to-follow model for self-confidence and up-standing.


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