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Monday, May 1, 2017

Book Review: I WANT TO GROW by Ged Adamson (C)

by Ged Adamson
Expected release date: March 7th, 2017
Published by Boyds Mills Press
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Format: Hardcover 
Format read: Hardcover from Creative Authors


A dinosaur named Herb has noticed something about his friend Muriel: she's getting taller. 
Herb is not. 

Desperate to catch up to Muriel, Herb tries every method he can think of to grow. He plants himself in the dirt like a flower, but that just leaves him muddy. He has Muriel roll him out like clay, but that just makes him dizzy. He wears platform shoes and a top hat, but he just falls over. Nothing Herb tries works!

When will he finally grow?

This humorous approach to the topic of growing taller will resonate with many children who struggle with this same issue. 


I WANT TO GROW is about a small dinosaur named Herb who has noticed that his best friend is growing, but he is not. He tries numerous ways to force himself to grow and catch up, but does not succeed... or does he???

This book came at such a perfect and fun time! Not only did my kiddos recognize that this book is the same author and illustrator as DOUGLAS, YOU NEED GLASSES, but we also knew that this book was going to serve more than one purpose around here... 
My three year old has been telling us that he doesn't want to grow up, lol! Although this book is to encourage patience and understanding on how we are all different and how we all come into our own milestones at different times - sometimes on our own schedule, completely different than what is expected from others. But what my toddler took away from Herb's story is that it is okay to grow up too! It's okay to be scared and worried about growing up and doing things that he's never done before. And that it won't happen all at once, that he will learn as he grows too.

It is quite amazing to see how little minds grasp onto their own understandings - the book may look the same to everyone, but no one will ever read it in the same way!

A wonderful book to gift/read to little ones who are just starting to understand that their worlds will change and that it is okay to want more! A definite favorite in this household!

*I received a hardcover copy of this book from the literary agency as a gift.
All thoughts are my very own.


Ged Adamson is a writer and illustrator. His first two books, Elsie Clarke and the Vampire Hairdresser and Meet the McKaws, are both published by Sky Pony Press. A third, Douglas, You Need Glasses! will be published in May 2016 by Random House. He sees two books published in 2017 - Shark Dog in Summer 2017 and published by HarperCollins and I Want to Grow will be released in Fall 2017 by Boyds Mill Press. 

His cartoons have appeared in magazines such as Punch and Prospect, in books and on film. He's been a storyboard artist and a caricaturist. He also works as a composer for TV and film. 

He lives in London with his partner Helen and their son Rex. 

Links: Website / Instagram / Twitter

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