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New Small Person
by Lauren Child
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2015 (2015)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Elmore Green loves being an only child. He has his own room, his own TV and no one plays with his toys or eats his jelly beans. It is a wonderful life being an only child.

Then this situation undergoes a radical alteration. A new little person arrives in the household and he's not going to be leaving any time soon. Poor Elmore. Not only does the new arrival get all the attention but as he gets older he also becomes a bit of a bother. The small person knocks things over, licks Elmer's jelly beans and is a general nuisance.

Then the two boys are forced to share a bedroom. Oh, no, this is not good! Elmore asks if the small person can be sent back to where he came from but his parents' response is that it's not going to happen.

Finally something does occur that begins to change the brothers' relationship. I'll let you discover what this is, but it may be of use in any household where there is a little sibling rivalry.

This humorous book about having to adjust to no longer being an only child is not only fiendishly clever but it will also help any family get through this trying transition that can disrupt even the happiest of households.

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