The Biggest Boy

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.”
— The New York Times

"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.
— The Horn Book