Thursday, February 26, 2009

Too Tall Alice by Barbara Worton and Dom Rodi

Too Tall Alice written by Barbara Worton and illustrated by Dom Rodi is about an 8-year-old girl who is the tallest in her class. Alice isn't happy about towering over all the other kids by four inches, and she isn't happy to overhear her parents and their friends talking about how tall and thin she is and how she could be a supermodel and make a lot of money. Alice cries herself to sleep, dreams about a world where she isn't the tallest girl, and learns that her height doesn't define her.

I thought this was a good book to share with The Girl, as she is the same age as Alice and also the tallest girl in her class. She seemed to identify with Alice right away, especially since someone is always making a comment about her height. (She's a full head taller than one of her best friends, who's actually older than she is.) The illustrations are fun and very colorful, and I think Too Tall Alice has a good message about loving yourself as you are.


Here's what The Girl (age 8) has to say about Too Tall Alice:

Too Tall Alice is about Alice, who's tall. I'm also the tallest girl in my class. It kind of makes me feel different than kids who aren't as tall as me. My favorite part was when she [Alice] had a dream and went to where a lot of taller people were. It made me feel good that there are taller kids than me. Also the pictures showed me what the paragraphs were about. When the author showed how tall Alice was in a class photo, that looks like me. I loved the book, and I think if you're tall, you should read this book.


The Girl was able to ask Barbara Worton, author of Too Tall Alice, a few questions and hopes you will stop by tomorrow to read her very first author interview!

Disclosure:  We received a free copy of Too Tall Alice from the author for review purposes.


Julie P. said...

Great review, Girl! My nine year old daughter liked this story too! She's kind of tall and very skinny!

Serena said...

I love that she's doing her first interview! I cannot wait to see what questions she asked!

Great review, gals!

Serena said...

P.S. when's the girl gonna write up a review for aunty's blog about Hip Hop Speaks???

LisaMM said...

Great review! I was the tallest in my class growing up and always felt like an oddity. Would have been great to have this book back then. My oldest daughter is the shortest/smallest/youngest in her class and feels self conscious for that reason. It's always something!

Anna said...

Julie: I wish I'd been tall and skinny as a kid. The Girl gets it from her dad. I was average height and chubby. Not much has changed. :P

Serena: Thanks! Well, you ask her to do a guest review, and I'm sure she'd be thrilled!

Lisa: I think everyone has something they don't like about themselves. I know if The Girl wasn't tall, she's be complaining about her hair or something.

Jeannie said...

Thanks so much, Girl. I was the tallest person in my school until high school. Then all of the boys grew and I felt pretty short. I then realized that I liked being tall. I hope you like being tall too.

Thank you for the review. :D

Lisa (Southern Girl Reads) said...

What a great review! I will definitely be back tomorrow for your interview! I, too was the tallest (and skinniest) in my class. Plus I had a pixie-style haircut that made me look like a boy!

Anonymous said...

I was about a foot taller than my best friend (I was tall for my age, she was, well, not tall!).

I'll look forward to The Girl's interview!

Staci said...

Great Review Girl!! sounds like a fantastic book!!

Jenners said...

I love that "The Girl" reviewed the book -- after all she is the target audience! Great job -- both the reviewers and the author (who obviously knows her stuff!)

avisannschild said...

Great review, both of you! This sounds like a fun book.

The Bookworm said...

glad you liked Too Tall Alice :)
great review ladies!
I think tall people want to be short and short people want to be

Anna said...

Jeannie: I don't think she minds being too tall anymore, especially when I told her the boys will soon surpass her!

Lisa: At least she lucks out with the hair mistaking her for a boy! My sister was the unfortunate one with that problem. :(

Dawn: That must've been a sight! ;)

Staci: The Girl says thanks! Me, too!

Jenners: Thanks! Whenever there's a children's book reviewed here, expect The Girl to chime in.

Avisannschild: Thanks!

Naida: Thanks! I think you're spot on!

Ladytink_534 said...

I just love the illustrations for this :)

Marie Cloutier said...

Terrific review, Girl :-) Keep up the good work!

Anna said...

Ladytink: They are very cute!

Marie: The Girl says "thanks!"