cover image Now I Am Big!

Now I Am Big!

Stephen Krensky, illus. by Sara Gillingham. Abrams Appleseed, $6.95 (12p) ISBN 978-1-4197-0416-1

Lovely, understated verse and artwork with a delightfully vintage feel are in perfect sync in this testament to a boy’s increasing capabilities. “I used to be short. Now I am tall./ I used to be slow/ Now I play ball.” Gillingham shows the dark-haired boy in a stylized stroller at left, reaching for an apple on a tree; on the right, the now older boy has no trouble grabbing that apple. It’s a quiet yet confident affirmation of the skills children master with each passing year. Simultaneously available: I Can Do It Myself! Ages 1–3. (Aug.)