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Story by Kevin Henkes - Illustrated by Nancy Tafuri
Billy is enchanted by his parents’ tales, and urges them on by giggling and saying “Big!” While “The Biggest Boy” demonstrates a sensitivity to a child’s desire for some kind of power in a world in which he has very little real say,it also depicts parents creating a fantasy life for their child on the child’s own terms. I couldn’t help contrasting this with Margaret Wise Brown’s classic picture book, “The Runnaway Bunny.”
"You won't have to fly to Grammy's," says his mother.
" You can walk there in two steps."
"You will have to drink from the lakes,” says his father.
"And eat forty apples for a snack.”
This collaboration of two award-winning book creators presents a favorite childhood theme–growing up. The bold, colorful, oversized illustrations,done in watercolor inks and black pen,add to the fun of the game played by Billy and his parents.