Big Words for Little People is the eighth book in over ten years by author (and Hollywood star) Jamie Lee Curtis and Artist Extraordinaire Laura Cornell. It not only introduces some important words to kids but brings up important family stuff like, “privacy”, “cooperation”, and “patience.” My wife and I quickly found that the book spurred some interesting and candid conversations with our four year old about what is “possible” and “impossible.” What more could you ask for from a childrens book?
Both the illustrations and the writing get equal billing, Laura matches Jamie’s writing beat for beat with clever and irreverent illustrations that characterize big words like “perseverance” and “inconsiderate.” My current favorite is the spread for “consequence”, where a gum-stained little girl has to stay in her bleak colorless classroom (for blowing bubbles in class) while the rest of the kids enjoy recess in the color drenched playground.
This little literary voyage takes place with a mixed/blended family which will inevitably elicit some big questions from the kids (adopted siblings, foster kids, etc.), which is good and important. This details is one of many in this layered book that will entertain both the kids and the parents many times over.