The Books

Something Big

by Sylvie Neeman
Illustrated by Ingrid Godon

One Potato Review

Weird and wonderful and, finally, unresolved. “I’m upset that I’m little because I want to something big,” says a boy to his father, a yearning that does not promise to ever disappear, or find its resolution in climbing mountains or riding elephants or founding billion dollar tech corporations. Crude crayon illustrations disguise some very sophisticated themes: this is the kind of book that doesn’t get published very often in America, and what a shame. Not that there isn’t a partly reassuring grace note at the end, still here is a spiritual struggle as mysterious and recognizable to the forty-year-old as the four-.