Monday, March 5, 2012

It's a Big World, LIttle Pig! by Kristi Yamaguchi and illustrated by Tim Bowers

Poppy is back! After becoming a figure skating star, she has been invited to the World Games in Paris, France! It's a big honour, and she's really excited - and also a bit nervous. But with her family supporting her, she's determined to have fun and do her best. Besides, it'll be a wonderful opportunity to make some new friends! As her best friend Emma said, "Everyone smiles in the same language."

I think I enjoyed this book more than the original Poppy story, Dream Big, Little Pig! Maybe it's because the background world is so developed; Poppy shares the spotlight with a number of other athletes from around the world. Maybe it's because the message is less on "I want to be a star!" and more on how great it is to make friends. As in the first book, Tim Bowers' illustrations are fun and light and make it seem like everyone is having the time of their lives. I was skeptical at first, but now I hope that there's going to be another Poppy book.

Learn more about Kristi Yamaguchi at her website. Tim Bowers has a website, too!

I read an advance review copy from NetGalley courtesy of Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.

Find it at IndieBound. 

Read it with:
Dream Big, Little Pig! by Kristi Yamaguchi
Kristi Yamaguchi by Judy L. Hasday
Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian
A is for Axel by Kurt Browning
Babar's Celestville Games by Laurent de Brunhoff

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