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The Little Guys: 05/11/19

The Little Guys

The Little Guys by Vera Brosgol is a picture book by the author of Be Prepared (2018). The Little Guys are a species/community of small acorn shaped creatures who are diligent about collecting all the resources they can from their forest.

The Little Guys go about their collecting reiterating to the reader that they have to work extra hard because they are so little compared to all the other animals.

The artwork, though, tells a different story. It shows the Little Guys taking everything from everyone, even right out of the hands of other animals. Yes, they're small and they feel intimidated by the larger animals, but they the true predators of the forest. Fortunately, the Little Guys aren't so absorbed in themselves to not notice their effect on the forest which gives them a chance to harness their collecting skills for the betterment of everyone.

This book also fits into the road narrative spectrum, coming in at a 339966.

While the Little Guys may believe they are marginalized by their size, they are collectively the most powerful species in the forest. Splitting the difference between privileged and marginalized, I've placed them into the category of the family traveler (33).

The forest setting, while near water, doesn't serve as a portal to another place. As it's not the way to somewhere, it is in itself a destination. That makes the destination the wildlands (99).

Finally there is the route they take. Again, since they aren't going somewhere new, just through the forest, on a path all their own making, the route is offroad. (66).

Put all together, The Little Guys is about a family going offroad through the forest to collect as many food items as they can.

Four stars

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Comment #1: Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 10:04:00

trin carl

"The Little Guys" Sounds so cute. Thanks for such a great review. Will be adding it to my TBR.

Comment #2: Monday, May 13, 2019 at 20:43:00


It is cute. I hope you enjoy it.