Great Big Things (Hardcover)

By Kate Hoefler, Noah Klocek (Illustrator)

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780544774773, 40pp.

Publication Date: October 10, 2017

List Price: 17.99*
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Chronicling the quiet heroism of one small mouse on an arduous journey to bring another mouse the smallest of gifts, Great Big Things serves as a reminder that it’s not our size but what we’re doing in this world that makes us small or big: it’s what makes a teeny mouse as big as a mountain, what makes his gesture after a long journey as big and as consequential as the moon.  
Following her debut, Real Cowboys, Kate Hoefler's poetic story of perseverance and friendship is brought to life by Noah Klocek's breathtaking expansive landscapes that celebrate the natural beauty of the world and the bonds that connect us all.

About the Author

Kate Hoefler received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan, where she studied as a Colby fellow. She has taught writing courses at the University of Michigan, as well as at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Noah Klocek's experience includes advertising design and art direction; as well as matte painting, visual development, art direction, and production design for studios such as Industrial Light & Magic, PDI/DreamWorks, and Pixar Animation Studios where he worked on films Brave, Up, WALL-E, and Inside Out. Recently Noah has branched out into picture books with his first book CLOUD COUNTRY that came out in 2015.

Praise For Great Big Things

"Single lines of large-print text name the sights, moving the brave mouse to its destination with a breathless and greatly admiring and encouraging tone. But those big things seem small because it's all about the love and commitment that make the dangers and difficulties worthwhile.  A gentle, sweet read-aloud . . . " —Kirkus

The message about devotion and perseverance, however, is a “great big thing” and will provide an effective basis for further discussion." — Booklist