It's Just So...Little! (Hardcover)

By Brenda Faatz, Peter Trimarco

Notable Kids Publishing, 9780997085129, 45pp.

Publication Date: May 23, 2017

List Price: 16.95*
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Description

It’s Just So… adventurous for a little girl named Lizzy as she faces challenges of growth and change. She and her faithful puppy adopt a frail little sapling tree, taking on the job of protecting and nurturing their new, well-rooted ‘friend’ throughout the seasons. In the meantime, Lizzy is outgrowing all of her favorite clothes and watching as Mom seems to be outgrowing her clothes as well. Lizzy’s biggest change comes in welcoming the new baby as her family tree seems to be growing too.



About the Author

Brenda Faatz has an undeniable connection with children. Some say it’s because they instinctively know “one of their own.” A graduate of The University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Musical Theatre, Brenda is a professional singer, dancer and actor. Along with her husband, Peter Trimarco, she wrote the music, lyrics and script for the original Wee Noteables musical theatre live performance series for children. Brenda also founded and currently directs and teaches at the Notable Kids Arts Center in Denver, Colorado where she has the honor of interacting with and learning from children and their families on a daily basis. This is her first children’s book because, as she likes to say... “no one ever told me I couldn’t.”

Peter Trimarco was a fine arts student who graduated from Lake Forest College with a degree in literature and went on to pursue a career as an editorial cartoonist…but drawing ‘grownups’ stopped being fun. Before being inspired by the opportunity to co-write and illustrate a children’s book with Brenda, he journeyed through life as an entertainment industry professional. From art director to executive producer to publisher of an international film magazine he found a good deal of success (awards and working with people who had entourages). But then came working with children and it became fun again. The words began to flow and with it, the paint, the ink and, most important, the orange hair on Lizzy’s head. 

…and three simple words from Brenda put it all in motion” “It’s Just So…”

Peter Trimarco was a fine arts student who graduated from Lake Forest College with a degree in literature and went on to pursue a career as an editorial cartoonist…but drawing ‘grownups’ stopped being fun. Before being inspired by the opportunity to co-write and illustrate a children’s book with Brenda, he journeyed through life as an entertainment industry professional. From art director to executive producer to publisher of an international film magazine he found a good deal of success (awards and working with people who had entourages). But then came working with children and it became fun again. The words began to flow and with it, the paint, the ink and, most important, the orange hair on Lizzy’s head. 

…and three simple words from Brenda put it all in motion” “It’s Just So…”



Praise For It's Just So...Little!

Life for a child is magnified in so many ways that everything can just seem so …. It is filling in the varieties of “so” that challenges a children’s author to be creative, something Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco seem able to do with so much fun and action and imagination in their children’s books about Lizzie, the red-headed girl, this time with It's Just So...Little! To capture the young person’s reading interest, it is necessary to do so much more than simply provide cute pictures, cute rhymes, or a cute storyline. The true talent, and one at which the authors/illustrator excel, is in presenting a collage of intrigue made up of words, events, thoughts, and activities, all the while managing to connect them into a singularly coherent tapestry. Too much to ask? Apparently not.

What Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco do is intricate and highly thoughtful. As gaily colorful and bursting with energy as is It’s Just So Little – the illustrations are truly amazing - if one takes the time to study them at leisure, he sees an impeccably replicated version of a young child’s emotional and maturational reality. In this case, young Lizzie is already growing older. Things are changing … just so quickly. She is given life-changing news about a new birth, and her world becomes the perfect metaphor for all that she must consider. The authors remind us that children are not the simple creatures they often appear to be. Their interior worlds are magnified; everything takes on greater meaning, becomes a greater challenge, becomes so … much … more. It is the interweaving of so many elements that makes this book stand out. A single read or two will simply not suffice. There is just too much here to love.

- Joel R. Dennstedt - Reader's Favorite

Foreword Reviews - Clarion Rating 5 Stars - Reviewed by Amanda McCorquodale 5/5/17

The second in a series, It’s Just So … Little! is the perfect book to ease children, ages three to six, into having a new sibling, or to help them deal with any anxiety about something unexpected on the way.

Lizzy’s adventures are related through rhyme schemes that are expertly crafted by the authors, who have backgrounds in children’s musical theater. Each page of rhyming verse is paired with a refrain of “It’s just so…”

The book’s use of the changing seasons and Lizzy’s growing out of her own clothes—both very common points of reference for children—serve as effective tools for easing general anxieties about change. The writing style is at the perfect level for young children as well. The stanzas also appear in zigzag to further illustrate the disorienting feeling of worry. The full-color, full-page pictures pair nicely with the text.

- - Foreword Reviews