We want to celebrate the launch of author illuatrator Kristen Balouch’s THE LITTLE LITTLE GIRL WITH THE LOUD LOUD VOICE from Little Simon by sharing the first STARRED review:
THE FOLLOWING BOOK RECEIVED ITS FIRST STARRED REVIEW IN THE JUNE 1, 2011 ISSUE OF BOOKLIST. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR THE REVIEW:
The Little Little Girl with the Big Big Voice.
Written and illustrated by Kristen Balouch
(Little Simon; ISBN 9781442408081; June 2011; Summer catalog p. 17)
In an impossible-to-resist invitation for loudmouths everywhere to cut loose, Balouch presents a small girl—dark of skin, bright of striped shift, and very large of doubled pigtails—whose successive stentorian greetings to a startled elephant, snake, and crocodile send those much-larger animals skittering away in alarm. The simple, high-contrast cut-paper collage illustrations—composed with hot colors, huge swirls, and sweeping curves—are a visual manifestation of her exuberance, capturing her volume so perfectly
they look poised to burst right off the page. In contrast to the sometimes spread-filling creatures she accosts, the child is just a small figure in each jungle scene, but when her mouth goes from huge grin to wide-open holler, her entire head becomes just a thin rim around a comically gaping pink maw. At last she meets a lion, who, instead of running, roars right back. Mutually delighted by their self-created ruckus, the two play “until the end of the day” and then cuddle for some downtime in a cozy, quiet final scene. The
operatic urchins starring in the likes of Alexis O’Neill and Nancy Carpenter’s Loud Emily (1998) and James Proimos’ Loudness of Sam (1999) have nothing on this diminutive but siren-voiced wild child.