A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Portrays the classroom ritual of making or bringing in valentines to give out to classmates.
Jackson fears that Cami will never be interested in him because he's a "giant," but his friend Cooper encourages him not to give up and urges him to tell Cami how he feels.
Positive Role Models
Cooper is a great friend to Jackson, helping to build his confidence and keep his hopes up. Jackson, despite is anxiety, stays true to himself and never gives up, even when things look hopeless.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Valentines Day-themed book isn't just about a boy's crush on a girl, but is also about a young boy (bunny) feeling self-conscious about his appearance and getting support and encouragement from a friend. The broader themes of friendship and self-esteem give A Giant Crush life after Valentine's Day.
Is It Any Good?
This charming picture book rings true to grade-school-level romance and the politics of recess. Melissa Sweet's mixed-media illustrations show the range of emotions from playfulness and excitement to trepidation and embarrassment. And Choldenko goes beyond the obvious holiday theme to create a meaningful story of supportive friendship between two guys, and the innocent joys of puppy love. (Well, bunny love in this case.)
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