A simple, clever text paired with utterly adorable animal characters makes school-day jitters seem not so big after all!
Bear is so big, and he's ready to start school!
But even if you're SO BIG, you might feel a little nervous at times.
Can Bear brave his first day and find a way to make it feel just right?
A clever and charming story, So Big! will help young readers through all the important first steps in life.
Acclaim for Dad's First Day
Bank Street Best Children's Books of 2016--outstanding merit title
Acclaim for Moo!
An ALA Notable book
A BCCB Blue Ribbon selection
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About the Author
MIKE WOHNOUTKA is the author and illustrator of Dad's First Day and the illustrator of many books including Moo! which received two starred reviews and was chosen as an ALA Notable book and by the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books as a Blue Ribbon selection, Can't Sleep Without Sheep, Just Like My Papa, and Stay Close to Mama. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Mike lives with his wife and two children in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
"Wohnoutka's animal cast is beautifully expressive, and his use of relative size within compositions is masterful, easily getting across to readers how the world feels to Bear and Squirrel." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Mike Wohnoutka condenses the exhilaration and terrors of school entry into a few brief phrases in So Big!, a picture book for young children filled with warm-hued illustrations that exude reassurance." - The Wall Street Journal
"This simple yet thought-provoking picture book . . . would be a perfect read for a new kindergartner." - School Library Journal
"By the end of the book, readers will be all set for school too: this is sure to provoke shared laughter that will calm the fears of even the most unready parents." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on DAD'S FIRST DAY
"Wohnoutka's gouache paintings poke gentle fun at Daddy, and they'll elicit giggles. . . It should leave new students with an extra jolt of confidence." --Publishers Weekly on DAD'S FIRST DAY
"The colorful gouache illustrations will elicit giggles from young readers as they imagine their parents behaving like Oliver's dad." --School Library Journal on DAD'S FIRST DAY
"This book is bold, original, and funny, and should be part of every picture-book collection." -- Starred Review, School Library Journal on MOO!
"The readaloud's the real fun here." --BCCB, starred review, on MOO!
"Good barnyard fun, with nods to Mo Willems' aspirational Pigeon and Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin's enterprising Duck." --Kirkus Reviews on MOO!