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WIN!!! the brand new book “Big!” by Tim Hopgood

WIN!!! A copy of Big! The brand new book from Tim Hopgood.  A colourful addition to your children’s bookcase with Tidy Book’s book review and competition. 

You can win your child a copy of Big! Tim Hopgood’s latest children’s book. There are 5 copies to win!!

This wonderfully illustrated story follows a little boy who keeps asking questions: When will I big? It’s refreshingly simply and Tim Hopgood’s illustrations bring this little boy to life as he compares himself to all sorts of wonderful creatures.

All you need to do to enter is tell us what animal you’d like to be as big as and why?

But before you give yourself a great chance to win a brand new illustrated children’s book have a read of what we made of it.

WHAT THE PARENT THOUGHT

For a father that has read to his son forever this book would certainly have had its time and place with us.

It’s beautifully simply, and its pastel colours and illustrations are cute and gently intriguing on the eye.  His use and choice of colour are skills I can only envy, and especially wish I had when picking from Dulux colour charts for my walls.

I’m sure many people – parents and children – can relate to the question of: When will I be big?  I’m sure I’ve been asked it a million times as a parent, and I’m almost as certain that I asked it a million and one times as a child.

The story is about a boy comparing himself to animals – and includes his dad – wondering when he can consider himself ‘big’ but I don’t think it’s a feeling that’s exclusive to men and that girls and mums would enjoy the book too. Its text is refreshing and will expand a child’s vocab, where more than one word can be used to express a similar thing.  It is great to read to a young child, as well as encouraging the emerging reader to have a go themselves.

WHAT THE TEACHER THOUGHT

Helen is an early years foundation stage leader. She’s responsible for the education of over 150 three to six-year-olds. Helen has over a decade’s experience in early years learning, and this is what she thinks of Big! By Tim Hopgood.

“This book would be incredibly easy to use in an educational sense.  It’s perfect for helping kids to understand the use of language in sizing”

“Important words are given emphasis with bold or capitalised text, and that would help learning and also as clear prompts for more dramatic story telling.”

“I would also happily consider using this book on a class topic of growing.  When we need to enable a dialogue with the children on how things grow and how we can help that.”

“It may be easier for boys to empathise with, given the main character is a boy and it features his dad, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t recommend reading it with girls.”

“Tim Hopgood has the knack of talking in a language that children understand, and want to think.  The boy saying he is about ‘500 popcorns tall’ is a very good example of that.  Much better than the cold and uniform measurements we tend to use as adults!”

“I’d look to use the book with children in reception class and younger.”

So that’s what we made of it, and we have a copy to giveaway.

To be in with a chance to win a copy of Big! by Tim Hopgood, simply leave a comment telling us what creature you’d like to be as big as and why.

Published by Random House Childrens Books 

 

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128 thoughts on “WIN!!! the brand new book “Big!” by Tim Hopgood

  1. Avatar Brita Bevis says:

    A Giraffe, as I could see above all the crowds at public events!! lol

  2. Avatar angela barnes says:

    As big as a giant eagle so I could fly around the countryside – not sure I could eat mice and rabbits tho think I would have to be the first vegetarian eagle

  3. Avatar Samantha Fernley says:

    I’d like to be as big as a whale and swim the seas and oceans swallowing anything that came in my way 🙂

  4. Avatar emily june brown says:

    I would like to be as big as an Giant Lagomorph (a very big rabbit) as I would be great for giving cuddles

  5. Avatar Joy Dehany says:

    hmm. My first thought was an elephant, but I wouldn’t be able to get into shops and the theatre, so then I thought why not be something the size of a dragonfly? And if I were a dragonfly, just for a day (they live for about 6 to 12 weeks once they have their wings) I would flutter about and land on people, as they know instinctively who would appreciate them and not hurt them 🙂

  6. Avatar Danka Bakic says:

    would love to be a giraffe so i can see the world from high

  7. Avatar Hannah says:

    A giraffe, I am really short and I would love to be able to see what was going on!

  8. Avatar YvonneJ says:

    As big as a butterfly because they are so beautiful and graceful.

  9. Avatar Sarka Baran says:

    I am happy as I am…:-)

  10. Avatar bernadette nolan says:

    A Horse, so i could run fast

  11. Avatar Jane Adams says:

    I’m short and run quite slowly. I’d like to be the animal equivalent of Usain Bolt – a kangaroo.

  12. Avatar emma louise jenkinson says:

    a tall giraffe being able to see whats going on everywhere

  13. Avatar Shannon says:

    A butterfly, or an elephant I will never be, so I’m happy just being me.

  14. Avatar Charlene Evans says:

    It would have to be a Giraffe 🙂
    My absolute favourite animal 🙂

  15. Avatar Alexandra O. says:

    I would love to be as big as a spider. I could see thing others are not able to

  16. Avatar diana says:

    i would like to be an eagle

  17. Avatar Jennifer Tilson says:

    "I want to be as big as a dinosaur so I can be bigger than my daddy"–direct quote from my 5 yr old daughter.

  18. Avatar Heather Maxwell says:

    I’d like to be as big as a hippo! Because they are my favorite animal and little birds could come land on my back while I’m grazing in an amazon river!

  19. Avatar Michelle Hemmingway says:

    I’d like to be as big as a giraffe. I am very short but my husband is very tall. It would be nice to put things where he can’t reach them for a change! 🙂

  20. Avatar joy Bardell says:

    giraffe so i could have a better view of what my children are doing

  21. Avatar Sharon Charles says:

    I would like to be as big as an elephant! Firstly, I could hear better with those big ears and also, an elephant has a good memory. It never forgets! I could do with that skill right now. 🙂

    Thank you

  22. Avatar Penny H says:

    A giraffe as I’m so short!!

  23. Avatar Rochel S says:

    A giraffe so I could finally be taller then everyone else and actually reach things!

  24. Avatar Mel Daniels says:

    A Gruffalo, so I could scare everyone!

  25. I would like to be as big as a Giant Panda – they’ve always fascinated me and would like to be one, just for a day 🙂

  26. Avatar Catherine says:

    I would like to be a big cuddly bear so that I could give out lots of big cuddly bear hugs.

  27. Avatar Jenna says:

    My 4yo daughter said "As big as the plant-eating dinosaur with the long neck and my brother (1yo) can be a lion. So I can be bigger than him". Haha I believe she is referring to the brachiosaurus.

  28. Avatar Ste hickens says:

    Id be as big as a t rex because my lil lad loves dinosaurs

  29. Avatar Julia Plant says:

    A giraffe – I’m quite short, so it would be nice just for once to be able to see over the crowd and not have elbows in my face haha!

  30. Avatar Twila Claycomb says:

    I’d like to be a butterfly so I would be free to fly above the clouds.

  31. Avatar M Lewis says:

    Would love to be a monkey – I love to climb!!

  32. Avatar Stacie says:

    I would like to be as big as a manatee, they are so beautiful and carefree. 🙂

  33. Avatar Karen Whittaker says:

    A swan – it might be nice to glide around all day!!

  34. Avatar Carolyn Gardner says:

    A Tiger as they are beautiful creatures

  35. Avatar Belinda Matthews says:

    I would love to be a giraffe so when im stuck at the back of something I can still see over the top of everyone else

  36. Avatar Hayley Todd says:

    I would love to be as tall as a giraffe as I am quite short and struggle to reach high shelves in stores and supermarkets (usually resulting in me having to ‘climb’ up to reach what I want! I also always loose my car in car parks, as I am too short to see over the tops of cars!!!

  37. Avatar Sarah Bruce says:

    I’d like to be as big as a large horse, big enough to see over most people but still be able to get out an about in cities , it would also be fun to bring happiness to people especially those with disabilities whom seem to benefit so much from riding lessons 🙂

  38. Avatar Lauren Chaplin says:

    I would be an elephant because the are such lovely animals and they love their family just like me.

  39. I WOULD LOVE TO BE A BIG LADY BIRD SO I COULD FLY ALL OVER THE PLACE AND LAND ON ON BEUTIFULFLOWERS AND SMELL HOW FRESH THEY ARE 🙂

  40. Avatar J williams says:

    I’d like to be as big as a Dodo. Why? Just because I do do!

  41. Avatar J williams says:

    I’d like to be as big as a Dodo. Why? Just because I do do!

  42. Avatar Di Coke says:

    I’d like to be as big as a fly, so I could have those ‘fly on the wall’ moments for real!

  43. I’d love to be as big as a Trex (my sons favourite dinosaur)

  44. Avatar Laura Finch says:

    I would love to be as big as an ant! Imagine all those nooks and crannys i could fit in!

  45. Avatar Eileen Teo says:

    i like to be a dino! They are the biggest animals!

  46. Avatar Maddalena dalton says:

    I would like to be as big as a monkey.not too big or too small.a good size for me to swing on tree branches lol

  47. Avatar Lisa Troccoli says:

    I would like to be as big as a polar bear so I could experience living in a very cold place but having a nice warm fur coat and not feeling the cold when swimming in the freezing water!

  48. Avatar Jane McColl says:

    I would love to be a big cuddly giant panda.

  49. Avatar Leah Wall says:

    I’d like to be as big as a dog – perfect cuddling size, but big enough to get anywhere I want to go.

  50. Avatar simone says:

    I would love to be as big as a crow. I could blend in, no enemies, and smart as can be!

  51. Avatar Shea says:

    I’d be a hawk – fabulous flying!

  52. Avatar Diane Wareing says:

    I would be as big as a whale then I would no longer be scared of the sea !

  53. Avatar Elizabeth Ashford says:

    I’d like to be as big as a lion. Working in a group, having fun together in the sun!

  54. Avatar adeela hussain says:

    a hedgehog so i can hibernate…zzzzzzz or maybe a caterpillar so i can grow into a beautiful butterly……….

  55. Avatar Karen Barrett says:

    A Giraffe, nothing would get by me then!

  56. Avatar Tracy Nixon says:

    I would like to be as big as a miniature teacup piggy so I could eat as much as I pleased but stay small!

  57. Avatar Scott Jenkins says:

    I’d like to be as big as a fly, so i can do the fly on the wall thing!

  58. Avatar liz palmer says:

    a gorilla so i can be the biggest monkey of all!

  59. Avatar Emma Pite says:

    I’d like to be as big as a bear. Nobody would mess with me and I’d get to sleep a lot. Win win.

  60. Avatar Barrie Phillips says:

    A lion to be king of the jungle.

  61. Avatar anthony harrington says:

    I would like to be as big as a Giraffe, so that however tall the person in front of me at the Cinema is, I would still be able to se the screen!

  62. Avatar Gig Easton says:

    a gruffalo, so I can scare my grandad

  63. Avatar Gig Easton says:

    A gruffalo, so I can scare my grandad

  64. Avatar gerry easton says:

    A gruffalo, so I can scare my grandad

  65. Avatar Gaz Mills says:

    I’d like to be as big as a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

  66. Avatar Rachael Marsden says:

    a lion, and I would be the boss

  67. Avatar Amanda H says:

    A ladybird so I can be good at hide and seek!

  68. Avatar Jackie ONeill says:

    Giraffe

  69. Avatar Val Hartley says:

    An elephant because it never forgets.

  70. Avatar andrea miles says:

    I’d like to be as big as a blue whale & swim around the world

  71. Avatar Kerri Quinn says:

    As big as whale so I wouldn’t be as self-conscience becasue whales are supposed to be big.

  72. Avatar Kathryn Davies says:

    As big as the mouse in The Gruffalo. I would scare the bigger creatures away!

  73. Avatar Vicki Crompton says:

    I would be a giraffe to be so tall would be amazing!

  74. a monkey so i can swing on trees all day

  75. Avatar Janice Mackin says:

    A Giraffe

  76. Avatar EMMA WALTERS says:

    big & tall as a giraffe so i can see way up high at everything going on 🙂

  77. Avatar Victoria Boland says:

    I would like to be as big as a T-Rex and tower above everyone else.

  78. Avatar Leigh Larkin says:

    As big as a cat. Know it’s not big but just the right size for lazing around on peoples laps getting fussed all day. Sounds like heaven to me!

  79. Avatar claire wilkinson says:

    an elephant so i could stamp on the nasty little people and make them feel small

  80. Avatar angela sandhu says:

    A Giraffe. I am so small and can never see anything!

  81. Avatar Justin Kemp says:

    I’d like to be as big as a giraffe, so I am gorgeous and look like a model, meanwhile seeing queues from the top….rather than being at the bottom looking for a space to breathe ( I am v. small!)

  82. Avatar Mark Palmer says:

    Elephant

  83. Avatar Leanne Waghorn says:

    I would like to be as ‘big’ as a mouse because I am quite tall and would like to know what it is like to go about unnoticed. Whereas my 5 year old son would like to be as big as a dragon because they are green, can fly, do fire and are just sooooo cool! Obviously! lol

  84. Avatar Leanne Waghorn says:

    I would like to be as ‘big’ as a mouse because I am quite tall and would like to know what it is like to go about unnoticed. Whereas my 5 year old son would like to be as big as a dragon because they are green, can fly, do fire and are just sooooo cool! Obviously! lol

  85. Avatar C Parkin says:

    A flea, so I can see things from a different perspective

  86. Avatar Andrena Harrison says:

    As big as a whale! Because I would be the biggest in the land

  87. Avatar Kieran says:

    As big as a bear as I wouldn’t want to be too tall.

  88. Avatar Victoria Cunniff says:

    As big as a giraffe, then I wouldn’t need a window cleaner!

  89. Avatar ANN NESBITT says:

    As big as a lion because he does have a heart!

  90. Avatar Kathleen Marsden says:

    A giraffe so that I could have a long slender neck

  91. Avatar Twila Claycomb says:

    I would like to be a giraffe so I wouldn’t miss anything going on

  92. Avatar Tricia Clark says:

    I’d like to be as big as my 4 year old ‘animal’….so I could see our world through her eyes! It would be fascinating! Honestly it must be so different from my childhood.

  93. Avatar kristy brown says:

    A lion, so I could be the Queen of my pride of kitties (and scare off the big ginger that keeps peeing on my door)

  94. Avatar M HOCKENHULL says:

    Id like to be as big as The Gruffallo of course 🙂

  95. Avatar SusanEmily Jones says:

    A giraffe, so I could get the footballs out of trees and also be able to watch the kids from afar.

  96. Avatar kim plant says:

    I would like to be as big as a bear so I would never be bullied ever again x

  97. Avatar Cheri Howard says:

    I would love to be the size of a cheetah – light on my feet, small enough to go unnoticed but big enough to give someone pause before provoking me! 😉

  98. Avatar Nichola Benjamin says:

    I just asked my three year old son and he said Moo as in cow lol I would like to be as tall as a giraffe as then I wouldn’t need a step ladder in my kitchen to get to the top of the cupboards lol But I might need a taller house hehe

  99. Avatar Maggiemou says:

    I’d love to be a giraffe – luscious long legs and neck!! LOL!! though I am actually more like a hippo! 🙂

  100. Avatar Helen C says:

    I’m very short so I’d love to see what it would be like to be as tall as a giraffe!

  101. Avatar Rachel M says:

    As big as a penguin so i could waddle and not look silly!

  102. Avatar Carrie-Ann Nelson says:

    I’d be as big as a monkey so I could have fun swinging from the trees all day and eat bananas all day.

  103. Avatar stephanie says:

    i’d be a giraffe because they have the most beautiful eyelashes.

  104. Avatar Jean Vaughan says:

    I would like to be as big as a hippo because I just love mud.

  105. Avatar Jessica L says:

    I’d like to be as big as a mouse – it’d be great to explore all the places that only a tiny mouse can squeeze into. I could also ask the mice we keep finding in our house where they are getting in!!

  106. Avatar Sarah Scott says:

    A butterfly, flitting from flower to flower in the sunshine!

  107. Avatar Emma Hughes says:

    I’d like to be as big as an ant so that I could explore the hidden depths of the earth that we cannot see.

  108. Avatar Val Pownall says:

    I would like to be as big as a Red Kite, so I could sweep over mountains, forest tops, and seas, being all majestic and mysterious! Have always wanted to be a bird, and Red Kites are my favourite.

  109. Avatar Gary Topley says:

    I would like to be as big as a lion so I can be King of The Jungle

  110. Avatar stacey kirkbride says:

    i would love to be a cat as i’d love to chill out all day ^^

  111. Avatar Jane McColl says:

    I would be a giant panda because I’d be cute, cuddly and very very rare

  112. Avatar Kelly says:

    A giraffe so I can see high places

  113. Avatar diane findlay says:

    as big as a killer whale , because they are beautifull

  114. Avatar Anne-Marie says:

    My almost-four year old would like to be a giraffe so she can see over things better (she’s a bit dinky)

  115. Avatar Hannah Oneill says:

    A dinosaur so I could stomp on people

  116. Avatar Loll says:

    My three year old would like to be a whale shark, so that he’d be big enough to eat whatever he liked and so the Octonauts could walk around in his mouth!

  117. Avatar diana m says:

    I would like to be a giraffe

  118. Avatar Laura says:

    I would be as big as a cat, big enough not to get stood on but small and flexible enough to squeeze under and through things

  119. Avatar Malki b says:

    I’d like to be a dolphin! Swim and jump around in the water all day!

  120. Avatar lyn burgess says:

    I would like to be as big as a robin, always hopping around, being nosy, and able to fly away when I want. (Mind you I don’t fancy worms for breakfast!)

  121. Avatar Stacey Gahan says:

    I’d like to be as big as a cat so I couldn’t sneak into the smallest of corners and sleep

  122. Avatar Nina says:

    A giraffe so I can look below and see everything!

  123. Avatar Claire P says:

    A giraffe, so I can see over the people in front

  124. Avatar Alisa Moore says:

    A giraffe so I can see at gigs

  125. Avatar michael says:

    I would like to be as big as a Dolphin because they are intelligent, friendly and playful.

  126. Avatar Jack Anson says:

    My grandson of 3 would like to be as big as a hammerhead shark ……………… he loves the way they swim and have friends in the ocean

  127. Avatar Ali Thorpe says:

    I’d like to be the size of a mouse so I could sneak in and listen to private conversations!

  128. Avatar Solange says:

    A giraffe so I can see up high

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