HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Author and Illustrator: Pat Hutchins
Publisher: Aladdin, reprinted in 1983
ISBN-13: 978-0613192392 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0613192397 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0689716881 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0689716885 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 3 and up
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Hutchins, Pat. Titch (originally published in 1971 and republished in 1983 by Aladdin). Titch is little. His sister Mary is a bit bigger. And his brother Pete is a lot bigger. Pete and Mary have big bikes, but Titch has a little tricycle. Titch also has a little pinwheel and a little wooden whistle. Everything that Pete and Mary have and do is bigger than what Titch has or does, so he feels left out. Then Pete uses a big shovel to put dirt into Mary’s fat flowerpot, and all Pete has is a tiny seed. Will Titch be able to do anything that turns out big?
Kids know that in childhood being the youngest often means that they’re the littlest, too. With seldom more than ten words per page, author Pat Hutchins, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal for The Wind Blew, shows great compassion for the curse of being the youngest and littlest in this deceptively simple tale. This is especially reflected in her no-frills but very effective drawings of Titch’s wrinkly, down-turned mouth and his desperate little eyes. Other Titch books by Hutchins include Tidy Titch (1995), Titch and Daisy (1999), and You’ll Soon Grow Into Them, Titch (2010).