Book review: The Littlest Family’s Big Day, by Emily Winfield Martin

Martin, Emily Winfield. The Littlest Family’s Big Day. Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House, 2016. $17.99. ISBN 9780375974311. UNP. Ages 2-5. P9Q8

martin-littlest-familys-big-dayA family of tiny bears go for a wander in the woods. After encountering many whimsical woodland characters, the little family gets lost…and found. The Littlest Family’s Big Day is another art-driven book for children by Portland artist Emily Winfield Martin. Each landscape and creature is painterly rendered in Martin’s recognizably old-fashioned style. The text is a loopy script with mostly familiar words. New readers may have difficulty with the font choice.

Verdict: Martin’s books are stylized and have a popular “vintage” quality. This one is best for reading aloud or for more advanced young readers.

March 2017 review by Lillian Curanzy.

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