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Signature styles

New work from veteran illustrators Qin Leng and Marie-Louise Gay tell stories of size and seeking refuge

PICTURE BOOKS

I Am Small

I Am Small

Qin Leng

Kids Can Press, Ages 3–7

Mustafa

Marie-Louise Gay

Groundwood Books, Ages 4–8

WHEN A CHILD IS yearning for a different reality, how do they make a change? How much is in their power and how much must they rely on others? Mimi in Qin Leng’s I Am Small and Mustafa, the titular character in Marie- Louise Gay’s latest picture book, both feel ignored. Their respective dilemmas are initially resolved, but the path to their new-found visibility is mostly paved by others.

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