Bye Bye BIG!
About the Author

Margaret Read MacDonald, a folklorist and former children's librarian, travels the world telling tales in such fascinating spots as Maha Sarakham, Thailand; Kota Kinabula, Malaysia; and Medellin, Colombia. Her picture books have earned numerous awards, including Parenting magazine’s Reading Magic Award, the American Folklore Society’s Aesop Accolade, Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award, and Parents’ Choice Award.

Gerald Fierst, a storyteller, author, and literacy educator, has worked in film, television, and theater and performed as a storyteller in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He is currently the Theater and Film Specialist for the WAE Center of the Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled and resident storyteller at Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University. He has been a featured teller and ghost story teller at the National Storytelling Festival, a Storyteller in Residence at the International Storytelling Center, and has been a featured performer at Limmud, the European conference for Jewish education.



Kitty Harvill


Kitty Harvill, a native of Clarksville, Tennessee, holds dual residency in the United States and Brazil. Her work is included in corporate, museum, and private collections in the U.S., Brazil, Germany, and Singapore. She has illustrated several children’s picture books, including Sitting Down to Eat by Bill Harley, which was named an American Bookseller Pick of the List, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book by the National Council of Social Studies, and included in Newsweek’s Best Kids’ Books of the Year. Her collaboration with Darcy Pattison, Abayomi, was named an Outstanding Science Trade Book by the National Science Teachers' Association.

Default Title ISBN 978-1-945268-03-8 $ 16.99

Release Date: November 2017

32 pages ● 8.5 x 11”
Full color throughout
Interest Level: PreK-2 (ages 3-7)
Reading Level: PreK-1 (ages 3-6)
BISAC Subjects: JUV009060; JUV002000

An eye-popping circle story teaches sequencing and size relationships.

There was a big big frog!
And a little little mosquito ...

So begins a buoyant visual tale in which one animal after another is bested by a larger one—until the smallest of all proves that strength comes in many forms.  Inspired by a dynamic cast of characters featuring mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects, kids will chant along with the refrain and delight in the circle of life.

MacDonald and Fierst capture the spirited rhythms of playground boasts in infectiously simple text. Kitty Harvill’s bold, primary acrylic and cut-paper illustrations reflect the dynamics of the story chain with humor and a surprise ending.

"Staccato text and striking cut-paper-and-paint spreads create and sustain dialed-up energy throughout this story. Even the youngest readers will take the point that power doesn't always correlate to size. The words lend themselves to memorization, and Harvill's saturated colors, textured paper, and bold forms have stop-sign impact. A promising candidate for raucous readalouds."--Publishers Weekly

"Little ones explore the food chain and make size comparisons in this tongue-in-cheek book. Graphically bold, textured cut-paper illustrations in highly saturated colors are a big draw here. The element of surprise and lots of opportunities for listeners to chime in will make this a great one for read-alouds."--Kirkus Reviews

"Explodes in colors, sights, and sounds as a few simple words form an increasingly sizable circular story. With a rhythmic refrain perfect for sharing or chanting aloud, illustrator Kitty Harvill's mixed-media collages practically jump off the page as snakes, tigers, and more discover the surprising truth about being big."--Foreword Reviews