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Our Big Little Place

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Big or small, apartment or house, they’re all home.

Come inside one boy’s high-rise apartment complex, where his backyard is the space between his neighboring apartment buildings, and his basketball net is tucked into a bedroom. His parents sometimes complain their home is too small, but the boy’s balcony view of the city and the extended play space of the hallways are a fe
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Annick Press
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La Coccinelle
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, children, netgalley
This book is basically a glorification of cramped apartment living, told from the point of view of a very small child. The parents are portrayed as wrong for wanting more space, simply because the kid doesn't see any need for it.

Well, a child this young wouldn't see anything wrong with a tiny space, even though it's so cramped that he gets bored, acts like a brat, and ruins the quality of life for his neighbours. I couldn't put my finger on how old this child was supposed to be. His voice in the
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I like the art and at first the story which is about a child growing up in an apartment or condo and have to use it's imagination to enjoy his day to day, but then I realize their is a lot of things, in my opinion, wrong with the message it try to pass (the children do basically whatever he like, doesn't seem to care if it's bad for the neighbors or anything, their is a tons of cool inside hobby that just seem inexistent in his world, etc.). ...more
Jill Jemmett
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an adorable children’s book about a boy who lives in an apartment.

The little boy in this story lives in an apartment building. His parents think their home is too small, but he has never known anything different so he loves it. Since he’s small, it is just the right size for him. He is able to use his imagination to turn their living room into different things, like a pirate ship.

It was so cute to see this home from the boy’s perspective. He saw things differently from his parents. While
The book has lovely pictures, and shows that the child int he story has a very active imagination, but I'm not sure what the whole point of the story is.

The child is bored and wants to play, and disrupts the lives of everyone one else around him, because of it.

What the size of the apartment has to do with any of this is unclear. The child has his own bedroom, with a window, so it can't be that small.

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I was given an advance reader copy of this book.

It would be a very cute book for children living in an apartment. The main character, a little boy, has a huge imagination! He makes up all sorts of worlds to play on with his aunt and his parents. At the beginning the little boy hears his parents say that their home is very small - the rest of the book is essentially the little boy proving it’s not “small” at all. The illustrations in this book are incredible and very captivating.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-2019
*received this from netgalley for honest review* Cute story of a kids view of life in an apartment, would be good for bedtime.
Amber Webb
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Our Big Little Place didn't really resonate with me. I feel as though it had potential for talking about big and small within the context of a big city and small apartment, but the book seemed somewhat unconnected and not really making a point or serving a great purpose. With some refining it could be a much better book. ...more
Yikes. I made the mistake of looking at other reviews before I wrote my own review. It dampened my mood after reading this delightful little book. *sigh*

I thought the book was wonderful. I laughed out loud a few times. There was so much imagination and diversity. Also, Pixel the cat, as a side character, still managed to be a star. So many children grow up in apartments. There is literally nothing they can do about it but also there's nothing wrong with it, either. Children adapt and learn so m
Mrs. Walker Reads
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
No space is too small when you have a big imagination.

I was drawn to this book because it highlights what life might be like growing up in a big city. It is also refreshing to see a story about a happy family living in an apartment building as a variety of different styles of homes are often underrepresented in picture books.

Our Big Little Place begins with the parents stating that their home is too small but their son exclaims that it seems big to him! Page after page the boy refers to all th
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story is told through the eyes of a little imaginative boy that lives in a very small place with his mom and dad. His backyard is a space between the high-rise buildings. He and his mom play basketball with a net that attaches to his bedroom door. They use a soft ball so nothing gets broken. His favourite game to play with his dad is hide and seek in the morning before dad leaves for work. To make it fair they must close the blinds and make the room dark because that makes it more challengi ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Our Big Little Place is a nice book to share with children about a different home. A young boy lives in an apartment, that feels too small to his parents. Being a child, it is just the right size for him. He loves looking out the windows at the world and sky. He can see far and wide. He likes that his friends are down the hall, and that his backyard is a park. He has lots to keep himself busy. With most children I know as well as those my grandchildren know living in houses, this was a refreshin ...more
joyce w. laudon
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This picture book has engaging illustrations that reflect the life and imagination of the child who lives in this apartment block. Children can look for the cat in many of the pictures; s/he is a charming addition to the story.

Lots of children live in houses, while many like our narrator, live in apartments. This little boy shows what fun it can be to have lots of neighbors, playgrounds and hallways to race in. There are also times when his parents think the apartment is too small and when he ne
Erin Buhr
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
Children who live in apartment buildings will love this simple, sweet story. A little boy loves where he lives, even though his parents think it is small. I love that he sees all of the good and even on a rainy day when he gets bored, he thinks of creative ways to have fun. Having raised two busy kids in an apartment, I appreciate the imagination this sometimes takes but also the good things about having friends close and the world just outside your door. This is a warm book about family and ima ...more
Joyce Stewart Reviews
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute illustrations and nice story about the power of imaginative play. I read it to my 5 year old daughter and 2 year old granddaughter and both girls loved it all the way to the end. Then they asked me to read it again. They loved looking for the cat who seemed to be their favorite. They laughed alot throughout the book.The author really did a great job! We hope to read more from this author. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the e-ARC and the opportunity to read this book. My review is ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Young city apartment dwellers will probably relate to this. Tiny apartments can feel the right size to small children, but adults know those tiny apartments only get tinier as small children turn in to young adults! It must be fun to live in a big city tho! I liked this book, and enjoyed the illustrations! Make a nice gift for a young apartment dweller.

I received a Kindle arc from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
Leah Horton
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Our BIg Little Place is a book about a child who lives in an apartment building. While it was cute, the story was so specific to apartment living that it just wasn’t for me or my kids.

It was interesting to see the imagination required when living in a small space (using a community park or the hallway).
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was nice getting a perspective of a kid who lives in the city. His parent's think their place is too small, but he tells all about the things they do for fun (going to the park, imaginative play, etc). ...more
Hannah Crull-sher
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I enjoyed the illustrations, but the story itself was lacking. I liked the idea of a story set in a small apartment, and I liked seeing the little boy use his imagination, but it was kind of long considering how little story there actually was.
Engel Dreizehn
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
ARC Copy...the illustrations were cute plus it was interesting to see how the imaginations of a young child coops-makes with being in a small space but same activities like messing up kitchen and racing in the hallways are very dubious as appropriate apartment behavior.
Donald Scott
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Author James Conan's debut is a wonderful, lovingly illustrated picture book aimed at what you can do with a little effort and a big imagination. It focuses on an unnamed, biracial pre-school-aged boy who lives in a high-rise apartment in a big city, where his parents often comment on how small their apartment is, even as their young son disagrees. Though the balcony views of not just the world around him but the buildings and apartments of his friends nearby are enough for our boy to dream, he ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great story with fantastic illustrations! Kudos to James and Nicolle for a terrific book!!
Miss Sarah
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
A cute elementary and up book about a boy who lives in an apartment and how he uses the space and the area around it.
Ryan Borden
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is absolutely adorable. My 6 year old boy and 3year old girl loved it. Very cute.
A boy has to make the most of his limited living space with his imagination. Nice book.
Aliza Werner
It’s rare to see apartment living in picture books. The little boy loves his home, neighbors, and community.
Nov 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This art in this book is great. Very colorful and fun pictures. The story is just okay though.
Ann Santori
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really sweet little book with good racial diversity in main and background characters and (unusual still for picture books) urban setting. Good for a home-themed storytime. I received a free e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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