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Monday, November 28, 2011

Voice in Person

Kevin Kling's picture book Big Little Brother is a perfect example of how voice can be associated with a person. Hearing him read the book at the Red Balloon Bookshop on Sunday was fantastic. Seated next to illustrator Chris Monroe (who expertly showed the pictures), Kevin's expressive voice illuminated the voice of the words on the pages. Even the years of age difference between his adult self and his child self faded as he read about putting the perfect plastic turkey into the oven at daycare and being tired of his big little brother's constant presence when he just wanted to be alone. Listeners applauded when the little brother came to his rescue, just in time to save that pretend Thanksgiving dinner. I just loved hearing him read his own work, so perfectly complemented by Chris's insightful illustrations.


  1. is that reader following along? and who is the man peeking around the corner? this image tells a story all its own.

  2. Oh, jealous. Would have loved to have heard him. What a great match between author and ilustrator!

  3. I'm not sure who the man around the corner is, Brattcat. Kevin is on the left, looking up from the page he has just read, and Chris is on the right, getting ready to turn the page and share another illustration.

    They were great together, Joyce. If you get the chance to see them in person near you, definitely go!