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Small in the City (Hardcover)

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By Sydney Smith

It can be a little scary to be small in a big city, but it helps to know you’re not alone.

When you’re small in the city, people don’t see you, and loud sounds can scare you, and knowing what to do is sometimes hard. But this little kid knows what it’s like, and knows the neighborhood. And a little friendly advice can go a long way.

Alleys can be good shortcuts, but some are too dark.

Or, there are lots of good hiding places in the city, like under a mulberry bush or up a walnut tree.

And, if the city gets to be too much, you’re always welcome home, where it’s safe and quiet.

In the first book that he has both written and illustrated, award-winning artist Sydney Smith spins a quiet, contemplative tale about seeing a big world through little eyes.

Awards & Highlights
Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award

  • A New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019
  • A Wall Street Journal Best Children’s Book of the Year
  • An NPR Best Kids Book of the Year
  • A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of the Year
  • A Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Best Picture Book of the Year

Named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, the Horn Book, Shelf Awareness, and many more!

“A child braves strange streets in search of a mysterious someone in this gorgeous story about love and loss.”—People Magazine

“Some picture books make you want to hug them to your chest and not let go until the fullness in your heart subsides. ‘Small in the City’, a work of surpassing poignancy and understanding by Canadian author-illustrator Sydney Smith, is one of them.”—The Wall Street Journal  

“‘Small in the City’ is full of faith and compassion, and gorgeous to look at, as well.”—The Washington Post

“Young readers will feel their hearts constrict, as they all know what it’s like to confront a towering, intimidating world. . . . Extraordinary, emotional, and beautifully rendered.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review