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Big and Me
By David Miller

Big and Me

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Big and Me by David Miller

Book Description

Big and Small are machines that work together as a team. "But some days Big goes a bit wobbly, and I get a lot worried." Through the book Big malfunctions in a variety of ways and Small tries to help with the assistance of The Boss, Mechanic and Tools. The story is a metaphor for a child living with an adult who suffers from mental illness. Big and Me is dramatically illustrated with paper sculpture.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781876462697
ISBN-10: 1876462698
Format: Hardback
(265mm x 202mm x 8mm)
Pages: 32
Imprint: Ford Street Publishing Pty Ltd
Publisher: Hybrid Publishers
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Big and Me by David Miller - Reviewed by (27 Jul 2010)

Big and Small are machines that work together. They’re a team. The best. But every so often Big gets a bit wobbly and this worries Small – a lot. After one such episode, Small calls The Boss and Big is sent to Mechanic to be fixed up. All Big needs is medicine to sort out his malfunctioning computer and then all is well once more. But when Big decides he no longer needs the medicine, disaster strikes and poor Small is in the firing line. While Big is being fixed up yet again, Small forms a friendship with Tich, who also has a machine in his life who gets a bit wobbly. Through this meeting Small learns that it’s not his fault that Big is the way he is, and that with help, Big will get better. Big gets himself sorted and he and Small go back to being the best team ever – most of the time.

Everything about this book is original. This simple story deals with the prickly issue of mental illness in a very clever way. With one in five Australians...

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Book Review: Big and Me by David Miller - Reviewed by (27 Jul 2010)

Mental illness is the hardest thing for many people to understand and more so for children. This book is a wonderful concept for helping children understand how grown-ups or older children act when they suffer any type of mental illness. It also teaches adults how children perceive those actions; how they feel, how easily they misinterpret them and how afraid they become when what they see as normal transforms into something scary. This book should be used as a tool for and with discussion about unpredictable behaviour. I feel this versatile tool could be used to explain other areas of unusual behaviour that stem from illness that isn’t easily corrected, illness that demands patience and understanding.

The story is narrated by Small. Big and Small are machines that spend a lot of time together. But sometimes Big becomes ‘wobbly’ and needs to take his ‘tractor medicine’ each day to help him. At times Big’s world looks ‘grey and dull’ and...

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Book Review: Big and Me by David Miller - Reviewed by (14 May 2010)

This is an A4 hardback, full-colour picture book illustrated with photographs of 3D paper sculptures. Both text and sculptures are by David Miller.

This is the story of two machines, Big and Small, who work together as a team. They work well together and are happy… except when Big goes a bit wobbly. You see, Big has a malfunctioning computer, which causes him to behave erratically. Small is worried about Big, and tries to help him with the assistance of two other machines, The Boss and Mechanic.

The story is a metaphor for a child living with an adult who suffers from mental illness. It is handled with sensitivity, in a way that children are likely to understand. It’s a book that can be read on two levels. For kids who are living with someone who has a mental illness (or who know someone in that situation), this story is likely to be one they can really relate to. And for kids who are not in a situation like this, the book can still be...

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Author Biography - David Miller

This is Miller's 14th picture book and the fifth that he has written. His books are illustrated with photographs of his dramatic, colourful, 3D paper sculptures. His latest books are The Secret Life of Hedley Wheelspin and Lofty's Mission.

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